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When Tuscan Women Cook

Graziella Capanni and Gaetana Caglione are not afraid of hard work which they have been accustomed to from a young age. From early in the morning when the first rooster crows to when the last dish is washed after the evening meal, they are all business and concentration i…

Handy Corn

It seems like the past several weeks I have made too many treks to the farmer’s market to buy corn, now at the height of the season and at its best. People rip through the corn bin, shucking ears just to make sure no little critters are lurking anywhere. And at clos…

Fleeting Summer Tomato and Zucchini Tart

Make this glorious tomato tart; it is a clever way to use up an abundance of tomatoes and zucchini coming out of backyard gardens or just make it for fun with produce available from a farmer’s market or local store. Making this tart has a short window of opportunity…

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The Tart As Art

Fresh fruit tarts are one of my favorite things to make; they are a refreshing change from heavier desserts like cakes and pies and are gorgeous to look at with their bright color combinations and the way the fruit is artfully arranged in a tart shell. I love the way they…

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Cool Off Sicilian Style

In the 9th century, Sicily came under Arab rule and with that rule came new foods like lemons, oranges and sugarcane. It wasn’t long before locals used those ingredients along with snow from nearby Mt Etna to make granita, a word that translates to grainy. The refre…

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Zucchini Summer

A lot of things are unavailable, uncertain and unbearable this summer but not zucchini. Nope! There they are as right as rain in my garden, the healthy plants churning out zucchini with no shortages in sight! My usual plan is to pick them small and pick them often, since…

Dad’s Bacon Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Hot Dogs

If you are going to serve hot dogs, this is the way to have them according to my father- in -law and you will not be able to have just one. You have been warned. These can either be grilled or oven baked. Dad’s Bacon Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Hot DogsServes 6 6 all b…

Savoring July 4th

Yes, July 4th will be different this year, like most things. No fireworks, parades and congregating in large groups. People are talking about their “bubble” of friends, those they trust to be in their company. The backyard barbeque may be an immediate family …

Thrill of the Grill

The most useful piece of kitchen equipment during the dog days of high heat and humidity is my grill. No sense heating up the kitchen if you can do most everything you want to cook on a grill. I utilize this workhorse and a trusty old cast iron pan for not only barbeque b…

Meringue Lemon Curd Sundae? Why Not.

Got egg whites? Meringues are the easiest and most exotic dessert to make with egg whites.  Meringhe (meringues) are an Italian favorite, and big, wispy, puffs of them are always piled high in pastry shop windows. It is believed that they were invented in the Swiss t…

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