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Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

For years a small oval platter celebrating “La Spaghettata” has languished in one of our kitchen cupboards. Acquired at a church attic sale for a couple of dollars, it has an unknown provenance. Pulling it out occasionally to serve crostini, I’ve always wondered how good the platter’s recipe for spaghetti alla puttanesca might be. You’ve [...]

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Tue, December 27 2011 » Italian food, Italian lifestyle, Pasta » No Comments

Lobster Soup, a Holiday Indulgence

I love the fact that the Italian obsession with seafood during the holidays coincides with the time when lobsters from the New England coast are at their succulent best. One of the best ways to enjoy this crustacean is in a soup–because the making of the broth extracts every ounce of flavor. Lobster soup with [...]

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Wed, December 14 2011 » Seafood, Soups and Stews » No Comments

Homemade Taralli and Other Italian Gifts

A friend who, bless her heart, bought seven copies of my cookbook for holiday gifts wanted to tuck in some Italian ingredients that could be used in the recipes. She’d already settled on little packets of pistachios, almonds and pine nuts, but asked for other ideas. I suggested some other go-withs that are easily shipped: [...]

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Fri, December 9 2011 » Baked Goods and Sweets, Italian food, Wine and Beverages » No Comments

Cocktail Therapy at Boston’s Drink

On the way to Logan Airport the other day, we stopped at Drink, Boston’s destination bar for craft cocktails. It’s an anything-but-squalid basement lair located under Sportello (both are owned by restaurateur Barbara Lynch) designed to indulge cocktail fantasies. There’s a respectable wine and beer list but ordering from it seems depressingly unimaginative. Ditto for [...]

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Thu, December 1 2011 » Wine and Beverages » No Comments