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Summer Fruit, the Sweet Italian Way

It’s August and the fruit we dream about all year is finally here. Strawberries, raspberries and blueberries are a bargain. Melons can be trusted to taste good. And the tree fruit! Plums, peaches, nectarines and apricots, needing only the nick of a knife for their sweet juices to start dripping. Depends where you live, of [...]

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Mon, July 30 2012 » Baked Goods and Sweets, Fruits and Vegetables, Italian food, Wine and Beverages » No Comments

Great Graters for Hard Cheeses

We all have our favorite kitchen tools, and I happen to have a weakness for graters. In my kitchen, they’re most often used to transform hard cheeses into pillowy mounds for deployment in all manner of Italian dishes. My latest infatuation is with my friend Maria’s grattugia, a commodious bowl topped by a grating plate. [...]

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Tue, July 17 2012 » Eggs and Cheese, Italian food » 1 Comment

Geese, Ducks, Foie Gras and Salade Périgourdine

Visiting Lascaux II in France’s Dordogne region, I learned that Cro Magnon inhabitants painted bulls and horses on their cave walls, but their go-to meat was actually reindeer. That was 17,000 years ago, long before domestication of the geese and ducks that are so important to cooking in this part of southwest France. The Périgord [...]

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Tue, July 3 2012 » Meat, salads, travel » No Comments