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It’s cold, and Italy’s hearty soups are on tables everywhere now. But Italy’s culinary tradition boasts a wealth of soups that run the gamut from the rustic tradition of cucina povera to the refined alta cucina. This soup is a light, delicately flavored creamy classic, a pitch perfect overture to a sumptuous standing rib roast […]

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Cappelletti and What Time Is Midnight Mass?

Posted December 20, 2015 By Adri

A Vino Aperitivo for the Season It’s early on Christmas Eve when the phone rings in the parish office, and the caller asks “What time is Midnight Mass?” Honest. Every year at parishes around the world inquiring minds want to know. A friend who was a parish administrator herself said that she fielded dozens of […]

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Coppette alla Crema di Ricotta

Posted December 27, 2014 By Adri

Got Panettone? If you have Italian friends, then I bet your answer is a resounding yes because some of those friends must have given you some panettone as a Christmas gift. As good as it is right out of its pretty box, or toasted with a bit of butter at breakfast time, at my house […]

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A Pop-Up Cookie Event 2014 is the inaugural year of the Italian Gals Christmas Cookie Exchange. One minute Linda, Domenica, Marie and I were gabbing about food (what else?) on Facebook, and the next we were doing what we do best – getting busy in the kitchen. Linda figured out the logistics, and we all […]

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Call it Spaghetti Rapida – A Pasta to Die For

Posted December 4, 2014 By Adri

Gifts for Christmas Giving #2 Every anniversary deserves a celebration, and to celebrate 90 years of making some of the world’s finest pasta the people at Rustichella d’Abruzzo have introduced the world’s fastest cooking spaghetti, 90″ Rapida. It cooks in exactly 90 carefully timed seconds. I have to admit that at first I was skeptical. […]

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Farrotto allo Zafferano con Pignoli Tostati

Posted November 19, 2014 By Adri

Creamy Farro with Saffron and Toasted Pine Nuts I recently received an absolute treasure trove of Rustichella d’Abruzzo products from Rolando Beramendi of Manicaretti Italian Food Importers. Rustichella D’Abruzzo products, the ones that come in the brown bags, have been a favorite of mine since I was first introduced to them in the mid-eighties by […]

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