Tag Archives | Pasta

The Carciofi Trials

The Carciofi Trials

Every spring, my Facebook and Instagram feeds are flooded with photos of perfect, robust, purple-tinged artichokes from markets in and around Rome.  Food writer and Rome expert Elizabeth Minchilli even coined a cute and clever IG hashtag dedicated to the thistle – #carciofogram. I have a pretty uncomplicated love-hate relationship with artichokes. Love to eat […]

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Sagne e Ceci

Sagne e Ceci

Whenever I teach cooking classes on homemade pasta (and for those of you in the New York area, please contact me if you’d like to book a class, demo or private event – I’d love to cook with or for you!), I make sure to stress the importance of saving the leftover scraps of dough […]

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Octopus for Octopus

Octopus for Octopus

The other day, someone asked me about my career “obiettivo” – objective.  The truth is, I have no idea.  I’m a bit like an octopus with arms flailing into different pots.  An arm for catering, another for cooking classes/events, a third for blogging.  Let’s assign an arm to each of my three children.  Arm #7 […]

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Fregola e Ceci

Fregola e Ceci

I am positively bewitched by pasta in all of its humble forms. Today’s pasta selection is fregola (or fregula – from the Italian verb fregare, meaning “to rub”), an ancient form of pasta that originated in Sardegna (probably vis-à-vis contact with Arab cultures of North Africa). It is made from coarsely ground semolina grains, sprinkled […]

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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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