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La Cicerchiata

La Cicerchiata

Christmas is already a distant memory and Easter feels like a lifetime away.  However, sometimes you don’t need an occasion to prepare a special occasion dessert.  When my friend, Giulia Scappaticcio of Country House Casale Centurione in Manoppello, Abruzzo asked me to translate and convert her recipe for “la cicerchiata,” it seemed like a perfect […]

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Remembering Eva

Remembering Eva

Last week, my family lost a little giant.  My father’s cousin Eva passed away in Salle, their hometown in Abruzzo.  I never imagined when I bade her farewell on Ferragosto, that it would be the last time I would see her. At about 4 and 1/2 feet tall, Eva’s diminutive stature was in no way […]

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Polenta alla Spianatora

Polenta alla Spianatora

Felice anno nuovo! Happy New Year! If your family is anything like mine, the past two weeks have been filled with food, wine and plenty of feasting!  On a cold evening between Christmas and New Year’s, my father had a spur-of-the-moment hankering for “polenta alla spianatora” (or “spianatoia,” a wooden pastry or dough-making board).  My three […]

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Benvenuti to the New & Improved Majella Home Cooking!

Benvenuti to the New & Improved Majella Home Cooking!

Benvenuti, my friends!  Welcome to my new website!  During the past month, I’ve been working with my good friend, Francesco, a talented web designer based in Abruzzo, as well as his colleague, Antonio, a graphic artist (don’t you just love the Majella’s peaks rising out of the pot in the logo?), on a new look […]

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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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