Monthly Archives: March 2014

Deep Fried Roman Artichokes – Carciofi alla Giudia

Perhaps not everyone knows that many a traditional Roman recipe owes its origin to the Jewish cuisine of Rome, which in turn harks back to techniques and textures that go all the way to southern Italy and Sicily.  I am … Continue reading

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Borage even in the Bathtub – Borragine Fritta

Borage here, borage there, borage, borage, everywhere! It’s that time of year … borage shows up at markets with its intensely blue, five-petal flowers, which is why this herb is also known as “starflower”.  Nature can be such a ham … Continue reading

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Fresh Photos of the Traditional Vignarola Recipe

I made a vignarola the other night with the help of a friend who had never made this dish before.  It was later than I had counted on by the time we got home and I was debating whether to … Continue reading

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Video(s) of the Carbonara in the Making

Some friends on facebook very kindly re-posted my thoughts on what constituted a good, home-made carbonara and I was pleased to see how many comments this drew, many of which were also questions regarding the counter-intuitive tip of cooling the … Continue reading

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The United Nations of Ricotta – Azienda Agricola Depau, Grottaferrata

This post is not so much about ricotta as it is about the people who produce it.  About how the vagaries of livelihoods and traditional diet conspire to conjugate animal husbandry, emigration and terroir. What if I told you that … Continue reading

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Loving the Leftovers: Fried Ricotta – La Ricotta Fritta

It is not surprising that fresh ricotta, the proper kind made with ewe’s milk, is frequently served as an antipasto at the Roman table.  It is delicious served on its own, with just a pinch of salt and a drizzle of … Continue reading

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Friends Who Forage – Pasta with Wild Asparagus (Tagliolini con Asparagi Selvatici)

Mélanie used to babysit for us … or rather for our children … even when our children were old enough to theoretically be perfectly capable of looking after themselves.  However, my husband and I just didn’t like the idea of … Continue reading

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Parents-in-Law, Recovery and the Importance of a Good Meal – Pasta con carciofi, salsiccia e cipolla

Jokes abound over the relationship between in-laws.  And not without cause — family ties can be very frought and difficult indeed even when we are dealing with a situation happier than Romeo and Juliet.  Much as we like the idea … Continue reading

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Crazy Thrushes and Horsemeat from Zagorolo – I Tordi Matti

All right —  Hands up who hasn’t seen Mary Poppins as a child (whether you loved or hated it doeosn’t count)?  And don’t we all wish we could tidy up our rooms with a snap of the fingers? The initial … Continue reading

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Technique for Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e pepe … the pasta sauce that is made up of only three ingredients basically … is one of those tricky dicky recipes, whatever else people will tell you about it. The ingredients MAY be easy peasy … pasta, … Continue reading

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