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Exploring Abruzzo

Exploring Abruzzo

I’m very excited to introduce a new page on the Majella Home Cooking website dedicated to my favorite towns, restaurants, sights and people (!) in Abruzzo. Of course, this list doesn’t even nick the surface – there are countless charming villages, agriturismi that offer outstanding traditional cooking, beautiful churches and castles, breathtaking vistas and pristine […]

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Bucatini alla Trappettara

Bucatini alla Trappettara

One of the loveliest days of my summer in Italy was a farm-to-table cooking class called Abruzzo Country Cooking that I co-hosted with some special friends.   It’s remarkable that I only met Giulia and Emiliana on Facebook less than a year ago.  Who would have ever thought that a few mutual “Likes” on a social […]

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Fave dei Morti

Fave dei Morti

When my parents were growing up in Italy, there was no such thing as Halloween.  The goblins, ghouls and jack o’lanterns arrived in Italy relatively recently via mass media and the spread of American pop culture.  For my parents, there was instead La Festa di Ognissanti (All Saints Day) on November 1st and La Festa […]

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Sugo di Cinghiale (Wild Boar)

Sugo di Cinghiale (Wild Boar)

When I wrote my humble tribute to the late Marcella Hazan a few weeks ago, I started to think about the women who have inspired my love of cooking.  Naturally, my mother and two grandmothers are at the top of the list despite my early rebukes of their efforts.    Another special woman who kept coming […]

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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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