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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 […]
Abruzzesi have a predilection for crepes. They appeared in our region around 1798, during the French occupation, and have remained part of our cuisine ever since. Crepes, called screpelle or scripelle, turn up in scrumptious timballi (timbales), as wrappers (instead of pasta) in cannelloni, and folded around dessert mousses and souffles. Food and Memories of […]
Or how to feed a fever I had a little bird, and its name was Enza I opened the window, and in-flew-enza. Children’s skip rope rhyme, circa 1918 Flu season is upon us. No doubt about it. Just look at the CDC Weekly Influenza Report, your workplace or your kid’s classroom and you’ll […]
How to make chicken stock. The first in the series – Kitchen Basics Inquiring minds want to know. My, but after my post on Zuppa di cavolo nero I received so many inquiries about how to make brodo di pollo (chicken stock) that I decided this light chicken broth merits a web address all its […]
Black Kale, Sausage and Barley Soup It’s Winter, and that means soup to me. I was craving something satisfying, so I decided on meatballs and cavolo nero. And to be honest, I wanted a shortcut. Then I remembered the fennel sausages in the freezer. Bart had brought them home from his last trip to Bay […]
Quilted ravioli Mom’s pink satin quilt. Filled with the finest goose down, it was the epitome of bedroom comfort. She did not use it all the time. It was a special sort of a quilt, one we kids used only when we were sick. Good and sick, and the arrival of the quilt meant that […]