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Bravo, Brodo! Making Broth the Italian Way.

The other day I braised a chicken from a local farm. Delicious, but what I relished just as much as the meat on the plate was the chance–the obligation, really– to make brodo from the trimmings. Once I’d cut up the chicken, my pile of broth makings included the wing tips and back, plus the [...]

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Fri, September 28 2012 » Italian food, Meat, Seafood, Soups and Stews » No Comments

Blue-Corn Polenta with Hatch Chiles

I don’t win any points for eating local by flying across the country with chiles and other goodies from Santa Fe’s fabulous farmer’s market, but I’m glad I did. The idea cruising the back of my mind was to incorporate this New Mexico bounty into Italian, not Southwestern, dishes. We’ll get to that, but first [...]

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Fri, September 14 2012 » Fruits and Vegetables, Italian food, travel » No Comments