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vegan carrot cupcake - 3 cakes in photo

As you all know carrot cake holds a special place in my heart. I love the traditional recipe we make but I decided it would be nice to make a version that my family members that are allergic to eggs and dairy could eat as well as my vegan friends. I originally thought that converting […]

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trattoria del nuovo macello - dessert

You know those moments when you are so hungry that you can’t think. Or even worse you’re so hungry you could chew someone’s head off. Not literally, because you don’t want to eat them, but you are in a mood where you can tell them where to shove it and then some. I was there. […]

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Ligurian style artichoke pie - torta salata air carciofi ligure - with logo

When artichoke season comes around I can’t help but crave “torta salata ai carciofi” artichoke pie. In Italy just about all savory pies/tarts/quiches are called “torta salata”. It’s one of those everything and nothing phrases. With that said some of the most famous “torte salate” (that’s the plural version) come from Liguria. This is the […]

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slice - pastiera napoletana

It’s official, I’m obsessed with “la pastiera napoletana”. This dessert from Naples is traditionally served for the Easter. It has a bit of crunch given from a thick shortcrust pastry combined with the creaminess of ricotta. Add in a little cinnamon, vanilla, orange blossom water, plus candied fruit, and you get bit of pop of […]

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Chickpea soup - zuppa di ceci

My husband “D” has a favorite ‘new’ toy – our pressure cooker. How we came to acquire this pressure cooker goes back to when we were preparing to get married. We decided to hit the mall together in search of our shoes for the big day (I figured it was ok that he saw my […]

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braised peas and artichokes 2 - with logo

My mother in law made this dish (with potatoes) a few months ago. And I was like this is freaking fantabulous. I’ve been dreaming about it ever since. This recipe is also oddly vegan. Odd because my MIL adds Parmesan cheese to just about everything. But it really is that good even without the cheese. […]

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antica barbieria colla - mosaic 2

I’m in love with a Barber Shop. But not just any barber shop, Antica Barbieria Colla. First opened in 1904 it pretty much embodies everything I love about Italy: history, quality, attention to detail… Walking into the store is like walking back in time. But while sometimes that can seem awkward, or ill placed or […]

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mangiari di strada - entrance

I have a tendency to be a little obsessive. Fortunately for me it’s usually about a new ingredient or a recently discovered restaurant. “Mangiari di Strada” is my current food obsession. After all the food is spectacular made with wholesome organic and biodyanimic ingredients. They also have a massive selection of items. But they only […]

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orecchiette con baccala e carciofi

I’m kind of obsessed with this month’s issue of La Cucina Italiana. There are always lots of recipes I’m excited to try but this month there was even more than usual. One of the things I like about this recipe is that it’s really quick and easy – once you get over your fear of […]

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Harbour Island - beach and vegetation

Sometimes you just need to escape. The why can change. It could be because you live in Massachusetts and there’s seven feet of snow outside your door. Or you could simply be tired of the lemons life has been sending your way. If you’re like me you very dutifully make the best darn lemonade possible […]

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