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National Pasta Month - Orecchiette

National Pasta Month – Orecchiette

October is National Pasta Month and many would agree that pasta is Italy’s preeminent contribution to the culinary world.  Italian food scholar Oretta Zanini De Vita writes, “To me, this heritage is an Italian gift to gastronomic culture on a par with what the Florentine Renaissance gave to art.” (Professor De Vita also dispels the […]

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Pasticcio di Farro: Cultivating Diversity in Abruzzo

Pasticcio di Farro: Cultivating Diversity in Abruzzo

I felt like a culinary explorer in Abruzzo this past summer.  I was privileged to visit many local artisanal producers who have dedicated their lives to safeguarding the region’s agricultural and gastronomic traditions.  I became particularly fascinated by a project spearheaded by the Parco Nazionale della Majella called “Coltiviamo la diversità” (Let’s Cultivate Diversity) whose […]

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Tagliatelle di Farro for the Seasons

Tagliatelle di Farro for the Seasons

Two summers ago, my family and I stayed at a lovely country inn called La Valle de Vento, just outside of the magnificent Renaissance town of Urbino.  Perched on a hill overlooking the lush campagna Marchegiana, the inn is owned by a charming couple named Francesco, who manages the inn and on-site vinoteca, and Sara, who […]

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Digging for Roots

Digging for Roots

“Why we eat what we eat.”  That’s the mantra of American Food Roots, an online project dedicated to uncovering America’s culinary roots.  The AFR website states, “Through food, we celebrate our heritage – regional, religious, ethnic, political, familial. We cook and eat to connect with family and friends, as well as with ancestors we never […]

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Spring Candles

Spring Candles

  Last week, I ventured across the bridge to visit the Bronx warehouse of Gustiamo, a purveyor of artisanal Italian foods sourced from small producers that continue to stay true to traditional methods.  I purchased several bottles of new harvest extra virgin olive oil and a rather intriguing package of 21-inch candele pasta produced by […]

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