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It seems to me that this coming summer everyone will be in Abruzzo. Some friends are traveling to visit their ancestral villages and towns. Others, like food writer Domenica Marchetti, are leading culinary tours – taking hungry travelers through this pastoral land, sampling local cuisine and visiting artisanal food makers along the way. Travel to […]
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 […]
One of the saddest casualties of the digital age is surely Gourmet magazine. Of course now I am kicking myself for having discarded all my old issues. I know there must be literally thousands of jewels forever lost to me. However, I remembered a recipe for Ricotta Ice Cream that I had seen in the […]
Well, Father’s Day is here, and I hope you all spend a wonderful day with your dads. My dad, William Crocetti, passed away many years ago, but I think of him often. That’s him in the photo. He enjoyed fountain specialties, so I thought I’d create something special in his honor. Of course, I looked […]
Baked Egg Custard with Punch Abruzzo Infused with Punch Abruzzo, this silky liaison of milk, cream and eggs is comfort food that speaks Italian. Punch is a liquor from Abruzzo, the homeland of my grandfather, Gaetano “Pop” Crocetti. The flavor of Punch is a remarkable combination of citrus, coffee, chocolate notes and tobacco with a […]
Punch Abruzzo – The secret ingredient in my Caffe, Cioccolata and Tiramisu una bevanda che fa cambà cent’anni e cente mise – a drink that will let you live a hundred years and a hundred months OK. Mayors do lots of wonderful things for towns. Chief administrators, they look out for the well being […]