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Roasted Fennel and Carrot Soup

Detox with Fennel Italian-Style

With the holidays behind us, many of us have gone a bit overboard with the continual stream of cakes, cookies, libations and heavy meals. If you are...
Pomegranate Lemon Chicken. Photo by laperla_foto

The Glorious Festive Pomegranate

The glorious pomegranate has only recently gained in popularity on our winter tables. Many are, at a minimum unsure how to peel the cute little fruit...
Camapari nibbles

Campari-spiked Desserts to Welcome in the Holiday

With the holidays upon us, sometimes you simply need a good stiff cocktail to ease the stress or wait, perhaps a soothing dessert would better calm...
Vongole in Potacchio

Cooking Le Marche Style: In Potacchio

Potacchio refers to a traditional style of cooking originating from Le Marche, which involves tomato, garlic, white wine and rosemary. Variations in...
Le Marche Region, ‘Passatelli Asciutti’, Sausage, Tomatoes, Italian Food, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Finding Our Roots in Le Marche: ‘Passatelli Asciutti’ with Sausage and Tomatoes

Growing up, my brother and I often helped our mother make a holiday staple – ‘ passatelli in brodo ’ – a recipe she learned from my father’s...
Passatelli in brodo

My Mom’s Passatelli and An Old Meat Grinder

One look at my mom’s old meat grinder and my eyes instantly well with tears. Never fail. How can that old beast resign me to a puddle of tears with a...
Pasta alla chitarra with tomatoes and garlic sauce

Cooking in Tuscany: Pasta all’Aglione

Autumn is typically one of my favorite seasons of the year, especially in Italy. A recent trip to Montalcino was glorious – the colors of the vines...
Baked ricotta dip with oil infused garlic

Fall Comfort Food: Making Fresh Ricotta

Although I am always sad to see summer turn to fall, there is something about the crispness in the air that I can’t help but love. As the fires in...
The recipe for pesto are so versatile. Do not be afraid to make your own

End of Summer Pesto Recipes to Help Stock the Freeze

A s summer takes its final bow, I find that I am left with armloads of parsley and basil still overtaking the garden beds. Not wanting these...
Timballini di melanzane

Late Summer Harvest: Timballini di Melanzane

As the heat of summer gives way to the cooler chill of fall, my garden harvest begins to slow. The last of the tomatoes remain on the vine waiting...

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