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Mountain Salad with Bacon, Fontina and Caramelized Onions

Travel to the extreme northwest corner of Italy and you’ll be in Valle d’Aosta, a semi- autonomous alpine region with a fierce sense of its unique identity. It’s also known as Val d’Aosta and therein lies a clue to a place where French and Italian are the official languages–and whose cuisine combines the best of [...]

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Sat, January 26 2013 » Italian food, Italian lifestyle, salads, travel, Uncategorized » No Comments

Chef Sarah Grueneberg and her Insalata Pantesca

I’m a fan of Sarah Grueneberg from way back, so when I heard she was going to teach a cooking class near my home, I had to be at the table. Other students knew her as the finalist on Bravo’s Top Chef show who had the whole city of Chicago rooting for her (a New York [...]

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Tue, December 4 2012 » Italian food, salads, Sicily, Uncategorized » No Comments

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