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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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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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