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Pig, Lamb and Turkey Tails

I never intended to jump on the nose-to-tail trend that’s been going on for several years  but somehow I’ve ended up cooking the tails of several animals. It started with David DiBari, chef/owner of The Cookery in Dobbs Ferry, New York, who loves nothing better than breaking down a pig and incorporating every bit of [...]

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Wed, October 26 2011 » Italian food, Meat, Soups and Stews, Tampa Bay » 1 Comment

Tampa Bay: Shopping for Italian Ingredients

I still miss my fish market on Arthur Avenue and my neighborhood grocery’s fresh mozzarella but I was relieved to find, on moving to Florida, that New York doesn’t have a lock on Italian ingredients. Mazzaro’s, a large store in St. Petersburg with a carnival-like ambience, quickly became my go-to place for the basics. Here [...]

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Tue, October 18 2011 » Italian delis, Tampa Bay » No Comments

Simple Fall Pleasure: A Bowl of Polenta

The best polenta I ever ate was in the streets of Cuneo, a town in Italy’s Piemonte region. By sheer luck, we had stumbled across the annual Fiera del Marrone celebrating the harvest of fat succulent chestnuts. I’ve been thinking about that experience because the festival is about to take place, from October 13-16 (if [...]

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Tue, October 11 2011 » Grains, Italian food » 2 Comments

A Tavola! Dinner Is on the Way.

Italians, for obscure reasons best known to linguists, have two words for table: tavolo and tavola. They’re sometimes used interchangeably, but if you’re talking about a table for eating meals, whether at home or in a restaurant, the correct word is tavola. And then there’s the imperative “A tavola!” –worth obeying because it’s the verbal [...]

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Tue, October 4 2011 » Italian food » 6 Comments