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Sampling Umbrian Wines and Olive Oil at the Source

A few years ago I spent a day visiting Sagrantino wine producers with Alessandra Mallotti of Discovering Umbria. That taste of a unique varietal in its glorious country setting brought me back to sample some of the region’s organic wines and olive oil. It hadn’t occurred to me that last year’s earthquakes in Umbria (also [...]

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Wed, May 24 2017 » Italian ingredients, travel, Umbria, Uncategorized, Wine and Beverages » No Comments

Homemade Taralli and Other Italian Gifts

A friend who, bless her heart, bought seven copies of my cookbook for holiday gifts wanted to tuck in some Italian ingredients that could be used in the recipes. She’d already settled on little packets of pistachios, almonds and pine nuts, but asked for other ideas. I suggested some other go-withs that are easily shipped: [...]

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Fri, December 9 2011 » Baked Goods and Sweets, Italian food, Wine and Beverages » No Comments

Tampa Bay: Shopping for Italian Ingredients

I still miss my fish market on Arthur Avenue and my neighborhood grocery’s fresh mozzarella but I was relieved to find, on moving to Florida, that New York doesn’t have a lock on Italian ingredients. Mazzaro’s, a large store in St. Petersburg with a carnival-like ambience, quickly became my go-to place for the basics. Here [...]

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Tue, October 18 2011 » Italian delis, Tampa Bay » No Comments