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In Your Easter Basket

Easter has always been symbolic with renewal, a time to begin again. Days are longer, the air is fresh and crisp, the landscape brightens with hyacinths and daffodils that awake from beneath their winter blanket to delight us with their cherry color and there is a definit…

Celebrating Easter

Easter is a huge event worldwide, eagerly looked forward to as warmer and longer days approach. In Italy, Pasqua, Easter, is a holiday that is more important than Christmas. The preparations for the big feast are well under way in the week leading up to it. The central ch…

Egg(cellent) Advice

Just a few weeks away from Easter and we have to get terrible news that eggs, that dearly beloved symbol of Easter, have once again made the do-not-eat-too-many list. Our health advisors are saying not to consume more than 3 eggs a week! I need that many just to make a de…

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March Madness on A Plate

Good news. I saw the first hint of a daffodil stem pop out of the ground the other day and that was encouraging but winter is not over by a long shot for many of us, no matter the days are getting longer and the sun is higher in the sky. It is just darn cold and we all kn…

Fat Tuesday

Mardi Gras or Martedi Grasso as it is known in Italian is here and traditionally, the last day to really party like they do in New Orleans before the austere season of Lent kicks in. That brings to mind, Venice where the day before Lent is beyond opulent and anything goes…

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Food Memories of Ireland on St Patrick’s Day

St Patrick’s Day is around the corner and that makes me reminisce about my trip last June to the west coast of Ireland and the wild Atlantic Way. I have to say that Ireland is more than gorgeous and its people some of the most welcoming and gracious I have ever met …

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Cook, Eat and Drink Like The Italians

Good news. Italy is the second healthiest country in the world after Spain, according to the Bloomberg February 2019 Healthiest Country Index that ranks 169 countries worldwide. The USA ranked number 35. The index grades nations based on things life expectancy and subtra…

Listen: Mary Ann Esposito on The City Cook

For thirty years Mary Ann Esposito has traveled Italy from its top to the tip of its boot and down to Sicily, roaming its markets, cooking schools, cheese farms, butcher shops, and the kitchens of Italian home cooks, all while observing changes and trends. She’s don…

Lickety-Split Lasagna

A recent poll placed lasagna as one of the most popular pasta dishes that we crave. No surprise there. It shows up as a party favorite to serve a crowd; it is the feature at many potluck suppers and knows no season. It is elegant tasting even reheated. I like the ritual o…

Be Mine Valentine Bean Soup

It’s apt to be cold on Valentines Day so warm up a bowl of bean and potato soup for your sweetie. Be Mine Valentine Bean SoupServes 6 Two 15 ounce cans cannellini or kidney beans drained and rinsed.1 tablespoons olive oil1 onion, minced1 large clove garlic, minced…

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