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Improvising a Mango-Peach Jam Crostata

I opened the refrigerator a while back to find an jar of glistening preserves, burnt orange in color. My husband said it was from Emmanuel Roux, known in Tampa Bay and beyond for his flourless chocolate cakes, but couldn’t recall exactly what it was. “Mango-peach confiture,” said Jennifer, Emmanuel’s curator wife, in reply to my email. [...]

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Fri, October 18 2013 » Baked Goods and Sweets, Italian food, Italian ingredients, Tampa Bay, Uncategorized » No Comments

Pizza Rustica for Easter (or Anytime)

Pizza rustica has nothing to do with pizza. Also known as torta pasqualina or Easter pie, it is a southern Italian specialty. Creamy ricotta (or basket cheese) and salty salami in a flaky crust, that’s pizza rustica. “Pizza rustica is so old-fashioned it’s cool again,” says David DiBari, chef/owner of The Cookery in Dobbs Ferry, [...]

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Tue, March 26 2013 » Baked Goods and Sweets, Eggs and Cheese, Italian food, Italian lifestyle, Pizza, 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

Celebrate Columbus Day with Portofino Pizza

Don’t forget, Christopher Columbus was Italian. Although his voyages were sponsored by the Spanish, some of the expenses were underwritten by investors from his hometown, Genoa,  one of Italy’s great maritime republics at the time. So I’m thinking there’s no better way to commemorate “Cristoforo Colombo’s” sighting of the Americas than eating Italian over the Columbus [...]

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Thu, October 4 2012 » Baked Goods and Sweets, Eggs and Cheese, Italian food, Italian lifestyle, Pizza, travel » No Comments

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

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