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Seasonal Eats: Risotto with Winter Squash and Ham

Risotto is justifiably famous as Italy’s greatest rice dish–and there’s no better way to showcase the bounty of the season. As we head into the holidays, this is one risotto I start looking for reasons to make. Every luxurious mouthful is a party, mingling the sweetness of roasted butternut squash and ham with the slight [...]

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Mon, November 19 2012 » Fruits and Vegetables, Grains, Italian food, Uncategorized » No Comments

Post Dementia: Saving a Mother’s Recipes

I recently returned from a trip to help move my mother-in-law to a wing of her assisted living facility for residents suffering from dementia or early Alzheimers. The physical move was the easy part–coping with the emotions, hers and ours, was far more traumatic. The loving, upbeat mother-in-law I’ve known for 40-plus years is moodier [...]

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Mon, November 5 2012 » Baked Goods and Sweets, Italian food » No Comments