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Making Ricotta at Home–Worth the Trouble?

Homemade ricotta had been on my “to do” list for awhile. Not a big deal: three ingredients and maybe 10 minutes of active attention. So I can’t explain why I didn’t get around to it. But one fine afternoon…ricotta making rose to the top of the list. Ricotta means “recooked” and for a cheese maker, [...]

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Fri, November 6 2015 » Eggs and Cheese, Italian delis, Italian food, Italian ingredients, Tampa Bay, Uncategorized » No Comments

Ricotta Fritters with Maple Syrup

Corner of Vermont is a store that sells maple syrup, maple sugar and maple candies. Also, the state’s maple-flavored creemees, which look like soft-serve ice cream but have more butterfat and therefore taste better. Nothing too surprising, except what’s a store named Corner of Vermont doing in the heart of Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood? “I [...]

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Sun, June 7 2015 » Baked Goods and Sweets, Eggs and Cheese, Italian food, Italian ingredients, Uncategorized » No Comments

Lemon Ricotta Gelato, Made at Home

Researching my Tampa Bay Times article on the best gelato in Florence, Italy, was a good excuse for guilt-free gorging. Now I’m thousands of miles away, consoling myself with my own lemon ricotta gelato. The idea of making gelato at home occurred to me during an interview with Silvana Vivoli of the renowned gelateria Vivoli. [...]

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Fri, May 16 2014 » Baked Goods and Sweets, Eggs and Cheese, Italian food, Tampa Bay, travel, Uncategorized » No Comments

Asparagus, Ham & Ricotta Pie: Beats Quiche

Even though we can get them anytime, foods like asparagus, ham and eggs still trigger thoughts of spring. That’s also when quiche gets its annual rebirth, at brunches and such. But here’s something better: this Italian asparagus, ham and ricotta pie, a variety of torta salata (“savory pie”). The ricotta stands in for cream and, [...]

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Wed, April 16 2014 » Baked Goods and Sweets, Eggs and Cheese, Italian food, Italian ingredients, Meat, Tuscany, Uncategorized » No Comments

Tale of a Black Truffle

Fresh truffles are usually available only to chefs, ┬ábut I can get them just by walking two blocks to my local farmer’s market. Every Saturday at Fidel Gamboa’s stand, fresh truffles–black or white or both, depending on the season–are displayed in a case like the edible jewels they are. These truffles, from Alba in Italy’s [...]

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Fri, February 21 2014 » Eggs and Cheese, Pasta, Piemonte, Tampa Bay, travel, Uncategorized » 4 Comments