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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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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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butter lobster roll - panino con aragosta

versione in italiano sotto My idea of a romantic Valentine’s day is a candle light dinner at home (because I don’t set out 20 tea lights every night). Plus me well shaved (cause that doesn’t always happen either) and wearing something provocative for dessert. Me singing Beyonce in my head, “I’m in my penthouse half-naked […]

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Salted cod and potatoes - plate from above

This is my mother in law’s (aka my Italian mother as she prefers I call her) recipe for “BaccalĂ  al verde con patate“. From the research I’ve done online there are a gazillion ways to make this dish. It’s actually even less consistent than almost all of the Italian recipes I’ve seen. With that said […]

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Trinidadian Browning - caramello scuro caraibico - finished

Browning sauce is the secret ingredient in Caribbean cooking. It’s the unknown something that adds depth and richness in dishes from stew beef to black cake. Making it is simple. All you need is two ingredients, sugar and water. Plus two utensils a good heavy (stainless steel) pot and a wooden spoon. The important thing […]

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Trinidadian Black Cake - Cupcakes - 2

(versione in italiano sotto) This is the recipe for black cake, a traditional Caribbean cake for Christmas and weddings. It’s a perfect homemade holiday gift because it can be made in advance and stored at room temperature for days if not years. Just keep on adding rum from time to time as a natural preservative […]

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turkey citrus herb

For some reason people get all worked up about making the turkey for Thanksgiving Dinner. I’m guessing its because it’s usually the dish central for the whole affair. So I guess a lot of people get performance anxiety. Fortunately, I’m here to say, no need to worry. Baking a turkey is really actually quite easy. […]

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dining table bw thanksigiving all'italiana

Thanksgiving is coming! Thanksgiving is coming! People I am super duper excited. Why do I love this holiday so much you ask? Because it’s a time for people to get together with their loved ones. And it’s a holiday about giving thanks. It doesn’t matter what color, creed or anything else you are. In honor […]

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