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Home-Made Truffle – an edible oxymoron if ever there was one

My mother spoke to me of this sauce a few years ago, a friend of hers told her all about it and she wondered whether I might be interested.  I didn’t know how to answer, I felt very awkward.  I … 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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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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Clams on The Run – Spaghetti con Le Vongole Fuiute

So … you live and you learn and some kinds of learning are very delicious indeed! Last August, we were guests for the day at friends who had rented a house near the sea in northern Lazio, almost on the … Continue reading

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L’Arrabbiata -The Anger Management Pasta (Classic Tomato Sauce, part 4) in a Duet with a Plain Tomato Sauce

I am warning you: this is a bit of a long-winded post.  If it’s the recipe you are after, scroll down immediately to where the cooking photos start. …………………. Sunday is a funny kind of day.  And yesterday had a … Continue reading

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Calamarata pasta with Mussels and Clams – Calamarata di Cozze e Vongole

The name of this type of dry pasta derives directly from  its shape, i.e. its resemblance to a squid cut into rings and the word “calamaro” in Italian meaning “squid”.  The seafood sauce to dress it is then completely in … Continue reading

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