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Glorious Vegetable Fritto Misto

Glorious Vegetable Fritto Misto

In the spring, cookbook author Domenica Marchetti paid tribute to one of her culinary idols on her blog.  Today, it’s Domenica’s turn to take the spotlight.  A brilliant home cook, eloquent writer and proud (fellow) daughter of Abruzzo, my friend Domenica’s latest cookbook, The Glorious Vegetables of Italy, is stunning. I was fortunate to witness […]

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All That You Can’t Leave Behind in Abruzzo

All That You Can’t Leave Behind in Abruzzo

After nearly six weeks (and just as many pounds gained) in Abruzzo, I’m back home in New York.  Each time I leave Italy (something I detest), I feel as if I’ve left behind a little bit more of my soul (the dramatic nature of this statement is not lost on me). I gaze out my […]

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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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A Spring Secret Revealed

A Spring Secret Revealed

There are certain recipes that I’m simply unwilling to share  – my family’s large-batch jarred tomato sauce (my mother would kill me and besides, anyone crazy enough to do all that work in the late-summer heat has their own way of making sauce); family heirloom recipes for pizzelle (Nonna Irma’s waffle cookies from Abruzzo) and […]

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Torta al Testo

Torta al Testo

Torta al testo is a traditional flatbread sandwich from Umbria stuffed with vegetables, cheeses and cured meats.   The torta is cooked on a heavy testo, a circular iron griddle placed directly on the stovetop (long ago, the disc was made from clay and placed over coals in the fireplace). When I was a student in […]

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