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A European Whirlwind

Posted April 23, 2014

I made a promise to myself when I embarked on writing a cookbook. The promise was simple: I promise to do whatever I need to make sure I appreciate and even enjoy this cookbook writing process.  And no matter how busy…

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Rustic Fennel Apricot Bread

Posted April 22, 2014

Old Italian uncles, a much-loved and much-tested bread, and some killer apricots? Count me in! – Amy I have this really, really cute great-uncle. His name is Evo, and he’s 100% Italian – which, waaaay back when, apparently wasn’t a…

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Harvesting Olive Oil in Tuscany

Posted January 4, 2013

Most of us daydream about whisking away to Tuscany to soak up the sun on a gloriously lazy day, feasting on freshly pressed olive oil.  For Amy, a certain Tuscan dream has been realized, but to get her own fresh…

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Giardiniera – Italian Pickled Vegetables

Posted August 16, 2012

With another monthly food swap on the calendar, Tara got busy creating an updated version of one of her childhood favorites:  Italian pickled vegetables.  She took a store-bought family staple and made a delicious homemade replica that I know would…

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Enzo Restaurant

Posted March 23, 2012

Italian food is pretty easy to come by nowadays. Good Italian food, well, not so much. In Paris, there isn’t much of either, so now that I’m home in springy-New England, I want to put together light Italian fare brimming…

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The Best Coffee Ever… in Nice?

Posted August 14, 2008

I just spent a fabulous long weekend in the Cote d’Azure with a friend who was born there, on the end of a work trip to London. I have way too many photos and stories to share, but for now,…

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Lunch on Lake Como

Posted June 18, 2008

I had some fantastic adventures in Italy in April. That weeks feel a bit like a distant dream that I am now remembering in bits and pieces as I pour through photos. This meal was definitely a dream. My friend…

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Artichoke Season Lingers

Posted June 3, 2008

Browsing through my photos from my brief visit to Venice in April, I saw this one and thought while we may just notice artichokes at local markets, they’ve been in full swing since Spring hit the Mediterranean in March. I…

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