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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

Simple Fall Pleasure: A Bowl of Polenta

The best polenta I ever ate was in the streets of Cuneo, a town in Italy’s Piemonte region. By sheer luck, we had stumbled across the annual Fiera del Marrone celebrating the harvest of fat succulent chestnuts. I’ve been thinking about that experience because the festival is about to take place, from October 13-16 (if [...]

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Tue, October 11 2011 » Grains, Italian food » 2 Comments