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The Clever Cookbook – A Book Review and Giveaway

Posted February 21, 2016 By Adri

Braised Chicken with Red Wine & Mushrooms Over Creamy Polenta Mick Jagger said “Time is on my side.” But I sure never felt that way back when Bart and I were working. Arriving home at 6:00 after a busy day, the idea of spending 2 hours prepping, cooking and then cleaning up, propelled us into […]

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Greetings to all. It’s been months since you have heard from me. Life and my home remodel have conspired to keep me out of the kitchen and away from my computer. This post, however is not about me. It is about Gina DePalma. Gina, for those of you unfamiliar with her, is one of the […]

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    Nobody does Easter like the Italians. From chocolate fantasy eggs and wonderful cookies to the famous Pastiera, celebration foods abound. Lent, or Quaresima as it is known in Italy, is the period from Ash Wednesday to Easter, a time of self-enforced culinary deprivation during which cucina magra, or the consumption of lean food, […]

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Zeppole di San Giuseppe We have a winner! The winner is Laney of the website Ortensia Blu! Congratulazioni, Laney, your book is on its way! Rosetta Costantino, food writer, cooking teacher, and native of Calabria, gathered her husband and kids, and traveled through the Italian regions of Calabria, Campania, Basilicata, Puglia and Sicily to find […]

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Carrot-Ricotta Ravioli with Herbed Butter Green is the new black, so the food writers say. Vegetables are the answer to feeding a hungry planet, so the scientists say. However, this is not news to Italians. Their country’s rich soil produces an abundance of vegetables, each variety in astonishing array. Through the ages, from Apicius of […]

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Biscotti – Italian Cookies

Posted October 23, 2013 By Adri

A Book Review “We decided early on that our biscotti would be piccolini – small – like a great Roman espresso…” – Mona Talbott Good things come in small packages. Cookies and books. This diminutive book, by chefs Mona Talbott and Mirella Misenti, is the first in my series of suggestions for Christmas giving. The […]

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