Monthly Archives: November 2013

Friends with Trends … Potluck and a Truffle Hunter

It’s good to have friends with food trends … or is it because we like our food that we become friends in the first place? Whatever … let me introduce you to three of them. (A) Entry number one is … Continue reading

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Good Golly Pasta e Fagioli!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5VkTcmQxD8 I “sure like to ball” just like Miss Molly in the song above and try and maintain a cheerful outlook about having to cook something even when needs must I do it in a hurry.    That’s when the … Continue reading

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Foraging inside the Fridge and a Hot Dip – Bagna Caoda

“When it comes to stocking the refrigerator,” I should like to say suavely with knowledge born of long experience, “my general goal is to stick to three staples:  the sort of ingredients that are required on a daily or regular … Continue reading

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Pasta alla Gricia

It’s lunch time and I decide to make pasta alla Gricia … just ‘because’. It is being unseasonably warm for this time of year but, even so, there is an inescapable feel of Autumn in the air, of days slowing … Continue reading

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The Importance of Afternoon Tea

Under certain circumstances there are few hours more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” ― Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady Upon learning that I had become a Girl Scout Leader, friends of mine who … Continue reading

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Sausage and Roman Broccoli (Broccoli e Salsiccia)

This is such a ‘homey’, unpretentious and simple dish that I almost feel silly talking about a ‘recipe’ for it.  Instead of ‘bangers and mash’, this is salsiccia e broccolo romano.  It can be eaten as a main dish or … Continue reading

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