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From My Kitchen to Yours

The kitchen can be calming and therapeutic and that's where I find a lot of my co-workers and friends hanging out during these uncertain times. Some have really never spent a lot of time in the kitchen except to heat something up in the microwave or to grab a cup of coffe…

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Plan, Pace and Don't Panic

Going to the grocery store? By now you know the drill: gloves, wipes, and sanitizer. 1) Go with a list and early in the day so you spend minimal time there. Go during the week not weekends. 2) Have several pairs of plastic disposable gloves at the ready, one to wipe dow…

Table Set for A Saint - Viva San Giuseppe!

March 19 is no ordinary day in Sicily; it is the traditional feast day of Saint Joseph, Father of the Holy Family, patron of carpenters and pastry chefs, and protector of the poor and the dying. On that day towns and villages prepare what is known asle tavole di San Giuse…

Got Pistachio Nuts?

We all know that nuts consumed in moderation are part of a healthy diet and the pistachio nut is enjoying great popularity right now due to some pretty smart advertising from California, the largest production area for them with over 312,000 acres planted across the state…

Erin Go Bragh (Ireland Forever)

I don't want to rain on anyone’s St Patrick’s Day Parade but we should brace for the possibility that the venerable and wildly popular saint was not Irish but Italian. Historians have done some really meticulous research and it is a known fact that St Patrick&…

March Gladness

March can be a iffy month if you know what I mean. I start thinking that spring is just a few days away especially when the calendar says that it arrives this year on the 19th. That sounds convincing especially when I spot the first sign of daffodils poking up by th…

Smooth Valentine

Poof! Way back in late December while we were still savoring the holidays, stores were already decked out in red again for Valentines Day. Is there no rest? Do we have to prove we care so deeply about someone on just one special day? Forget the flowers and candy and do so…

Shades of February

For once that annoying woodchuck, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, so that is a gift in itself in February. I call this hump month because we are now more than half way through winter, give or take a few weeks if Mother Nature is in a bad mood. And this year, Feb…

Garlic…Keep The Shirt On

I cook with a lot of chefs and home cooks in different regions of Italy and I am always intrigued when we add agilo in camicia to a dish. This translates to garlic in a shirt because the garlic cloves are added whole and unpeeled because it is more digestible, the flavor …

Trending Now…Lasagne

You know that old saying that everything old is new again. Well that bodes well for Italian food trends for 2020 because everything seems to point to lasagne (yes, that is the correct spelling), making a comeback in a big way. Lasagne is one of those comfort foods whose h…

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