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Loving the Leftovers: Pasta with Peas, Asparagus and Ricotta

When leftovers are aplenty, and size does matter after all, the ensuing and logical procedure is to finish them off in their “what-you-see-is-what-you-get” glory. When, on the other hand, one is taking stock of “bits”:  bits and pieces, a little … 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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Chilled Asparagus and Venus Clam soup served in a glass

This is a recipe I learned at the Gambero Rosso cooking school in Rome a few years ago so I take no credit for it whatsover.  I love the fact that it can be made in advance and put in … Continue reading

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Gnocchi with Asparagus and Sausage – If you can’t beat them, eat them! (Gnocchi that is …)

This post follows on from another entitled “The trouble with gnocchi” which is supposed to be a blow by blow account of how to make gnocchi from scratch.  If anyone is foolish enough to want to try making gnocchi, and … Continue reading

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Vignarola – Spring veggies for April Fool’s Day

Here, on this lovely blue tray, is an array of stray Spring vegetables: fresh peas in their pod, fresh broadbeans or fava beans as they are called in North America, artichokes — and asparagus, but we won’t talk about the asparagus … Continue reading

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