Monthly Archives: July 2011

Fiori di zucca fritti alla romana

There is not a more delicate, succulent, savory summer treat than the blossoms that arrive with young zucchini. Zucchini blossoms are considered a delicacy in many part of the world.  In Mexico, the flower is featured in sopa de flor de … Continue reading

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Tomato Recipes: #4, Pesto alla siciliana

This is the fourth and final post on the Tomato, each an entry in the Washington Post’s 2011 Top Tomato recipe contest.  Previous posts include our first entry, Pomodori al riso; second entry, Panzanella; and third entry, Melanzane e pomodorini.  … Continue reading

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Tomato Recipes: #3, Melanzane e Pomodorini

This is the third of 4 new posts on the Tomato, each an entry in the Washington Post’s 2011 Top Tomato recipe contest.  Our first entry, Pomodori al riso, and second entry, Panzanella, were previous posts.  We also entered our … Continue reading

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Tomato Recipes: #2, Panzanella

This is the second of 4 new posts on the Tomato, each an entry in the Washington Post’s 2011 Top Tomato recipe contest.  Our first entry, Pomodori al riso, was a previous post.  We also entered our most popular post, … Continue reading

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Tomato Recipes: #1, Pomodori al riso

This is the first of 4 new posts on the Tomato, each an entry in the Washington Post’s 2011 Top Tomato recipe contest.  Our 5th entry, a previous post, can be viewed here. Pomodori al riso During the years when … Continue reading

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An Italian Vacation

We had driven kilometers and kilometers along curvy mountain roads after leaving the Autostrada A1.  Outside, the July Tuscan heat was stifling. When we finally pulled up to Il Borro and saw the stately cypress lining the gravel path leading … Continue reading

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The Best Gelato

Journalist Joe Ray just had the assignment of a lifetime – traveling around Sicilia in search of the perfect gelato, for The Wall Street Journal. He found true master artisanal gelato-makers: using local-sourced ingredients: “Gelateries worth their salt follow the … Continue reading

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Madeleines – French Pastries and a Good Book

The long days and warm nights of summer are perfectly suited for settling in with a good book.  I’ve been reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery,  a fascinating and profound story about identity and personal conflict. The … Continue reading

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Pizza e Fichi

Figs!  I was at the grocery store roaming through the produce section when I came upon them, sitting nonchalantly on a shelf.  I picked up a case triumphantly, taking care to not bruise their tender flesh. Upon returning home, I … Continue reading

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Le Crostatine di Frutta – Updated

Crostata di Frutta I recently made a Crostata di Frutta, the whole-tort version of the Crostatine di Frutta recipe below, for a Berry Bake-Off at my local farmer’s market.  Since then, a few people have asked for the recipe.  Here … Continue reading

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