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Light as a Cloud Gnocchi

I love gnocchi.  Not the hard, prepackaged, rock-like nuggets you can buy in a grocery store, but the real deal.  Fluffy little pillows that melt on your tongue, so light that they could nearly levitate on a humid day.  They have those little indentations that hold onto just the right amount of sauce.  They are […]

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Weeds for Dinner

Spring has arrived! The first thing I look for when the Alpine snow melts and the grass starts to get green again is tender young cicoria growing out in the yard. Cicoria is what Italians call a common weed….dandelion leaves. Until I moved here, I only knew them for their puffball flowers, and I used […]

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Homemade Tortellini!

I’m going to wait on writing more on bread, and instead I’m going to talk about something else…tortellini! When they are made from scratch, they are simply divine. I learned how to make them last year from my friend Stefano, a Michelin Star chef, when I helped him out at his restaurant, ‘Al Caminetto’. I […]

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Lessons from a Neighbor: Fried Zucchini Blossoms (Fiori di Zucca)

Let me preface this by saying that if I ever post a recipe that calls for frying something, it is because it is melt-in-your mouth, orgasmically good. As with any good recipe, this goes with a bit of a story.  Zucchini blossoms are sold at vegetables markets in Italy all year round, but come in […]

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The Hunt for Edible Things in the Cowfield

The field around my house Yesterday, I was de-rooting some barbaboch (an Italian grass-like herb that I have recently become addicted to) in the back yard when my upstairs neighbor Betti starts asking me what I am doing.  She is a spunky lady who is probably in her early sixties, and as of this week […]

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Homemade Veggie Burgers! mmm….

  There are a good few things I want to write about, but since a number of people have been asking me about this particular topic lately, I’ll go with it! A bit of background: I’ve been a vegetarian for 18 or 19 years now, and I take care to make sure that I have […]

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No-Knead Bread

I know that this is so 2006, and it’s been written about probably ten thousand times, but it’s so good and simple that I must also contribute to the plethora of blog posts about this magnificent bread. No-knead bread hit the mainstream audience in November 2006 with this article in the NY Times.  It was […]

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Pie, the mysterious food art

Pie making is truly an art. A ‘good’ pie tastes good and looks good. An utterly fantastic pie that makes your toes curl and moans escape your throat has so much more. Not only are the innards tasty and cooked/prepared to perfection, but they use fresh, seasonal ingredients, and are a combination of simplicity and […]

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Baking Pies and Bagels and How a Mountain Medicine Man Cured Me

Ok, first comes food, because, well, I love food. Since the Palindrome party a week ago, I’ve been on a big of a baking kick. I baked…5? pies this week. And bagels. Yes, bagels! I think maybe when I am homesick I want to bake food that reminds me of home. Do you know they […]

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How I got where I am today and Lemon Cake Pie

It’s hard to know where exactly to start. I’m new to this whole ‘blog’ world (I’m behind the times, I know), but I’ve been told my life is interesting and that I should do this.My life is a little bit mismatched, but in a delightful manner. For example, right now I am sitting in my […]

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