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Pasta al Tonno – Variation

It is very traditional to have a fish-only themed menu on Christmas Eve in most parts of Italy, including Rome.  Also traditional are foods fried in batter such as artichokes, cauliflower, broccolo, apples, cod fish etc.  Spaghetti alle vongole (spaghetti … Continue reading

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Pecorino Frittata … And We Won’t Mention Tripe! – Uova in Trippa

With the holiday season already started and long lists of things-to-do and things-to-buy piling up whether we want them or not (Christmas and New Year can by trying times for many people), having to think of what to make for … Continue reading

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Sweet and Sour Squash for Sunday’s Roast …

It’s that time of year … pumpkins and squash and Thanksgiving if you live in the USA … and orange being such a gastronomically beautiful colour !  Not to mention the fact that orange is supposed to be THE colour … Continue reading

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Testaccio Market, Wrong Season, Wrong Reason, Right Recipe – Courgettes Sweet and Sour – Caponata di Zucchine

I had a somewhat bizarre experience at Rome’s Testaccio market once.  The old Testaccio market, that is, the one that was razed to the ground a couple of years ago.  An appointment had been made for me to meet a … 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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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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Peperonata with breadcrumbs, capers, anchovies and garlic

Here is another version of ‘peperonata’ and one that does not include tomatoes for a change.  This is a recipe I copied from an Italian food magazine called “Subito Pronto” (which means something like “done in no time”) — I … Continue reading

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