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A Worthy Chicken, Braised with Sweet Peppers

Walking along country roads in the Arno Valley south of Florence, I’ve seen chickens scuttling here and there in the vineyards, pecking for insects. For farmer-served feed, they’re free to return to the chicken pen. Many are small and russet in color, and are usually in the company of a few imposingly large white chickens [...]

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Tue, January 31 2012 » Italian food, Italian lifestyle, Meat, Soups and Stews » No Comments

Tasty Italian Things at San Francisco’s Fancy Food Show

From a Huffington Post reviewer who dutifully trudged every aisle at The Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, I learned that the old-fashioned granola bar is giving way to The Journey Bar, with salty-savory flavors like  rosemary and hickory BBQ. Also, we can now eat our alcohol in the form of a tequila cake. Food and [...]

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Sat, January 21 2012 » Italian food » No Comments

Tarpon Springs: Greek Town, Tasting of Italy

Located on the central-west coast of Florida, Tarpon Springs is known for the sponge-diving industry founded by Greek immigrants in the 19th century. Even now, when tourism has replaced sponge diving as the mainstay of the economy, the town is reputed to have the country’s highest concentration of Greek-Americans. To other visitors, Tarpon Springs might [...]

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Fri, January 6 2012 » Italian food, Tampa Bay » No Comments