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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 […]
Blood Orange-Campari Sorbetto in a Negroni splashed with Prosecco The bitters are excellent for your liver, the gin is bad for you. They balance each other. – Orson Welles on the Negroni The Negroni (nay-GROW-nee) is perhaps the quintessential aperitivo – one part gin, one part sweet vermouth, one part Campari, all of it over […]
My new ice cream machine has rendered the process of making ice cream, gelato, sorbetto and other frozen desserts very simple. I have been making so many, I haven’t had the time to put them up for everyone to enjoy. With summer on the wane, I figured I’d better get the recipes up soon. A […]
More with Pace da Poggio Etrusco Extra Virgin Olive Oil The baby vegetables are in the Farmer’s Markets. The herb garden is planted, and tiny peas in their pods have made an appearance. My mint plants are already giving forth, their new leaves packed with fresh flavor. Spring has arrived, and with it have come […]
Eggplant with Roasted Tomatoes, Baked Ricotta and Herbs Man has cultivated the olive tree for thousands of years. The Roman Empire depended on olive oil for everything from perfumes and personal hygiene to cooking and lighting. Rome’s oil came from the far flung parts of the Empire, and the terra cotta containers that held it, […]
Cucina Povera: Tuscan Peasant Cooking Let us pause in life’s pleasures and count its many tears, While we all sup sorrow with the poor; There’s a song that will linger forever in our ears; Oh hard times come again no more. “Hard Times” Stephen Foster (American songwriter 1826-1864) I was bowled over when […]