Monthly Archives: August 2011


No-one could cook up a pot of greens like Stefano’s grandma, or Nonnetta, as she was known to us. Rapini, sometimes called broccoli rabe, or cime di rapa in italian, were her specialty.  They were mildly bitter and perfectly seasoned … Continue reading

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Pomodorini ripieni di tonno

Friday could not have come soon enough! With one child at camp and the other staying with grandparents this week, one would think we’d have had ample time to prepare homemade dinners.  But instead, it was a taxing and thankfully … Continue reading

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Pesche al vino bianco

The peaches this summer have been spectacular! The abundance and superior flavor of this season’s harvest means that we will be enjoying peaches in white wine, or pesche al vino bianco, as August comes to an end. Peaches in wine … Continue reading

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Penne alla Vodka

Every once in a while we spike the tomato sauce. You should try it sometime.  What is better draped over pasta perfectly al dente  than a tangy, velvety vodka sauce?   Our friends and family tell us that no vodka sauce … Continue reading

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Rabbit with white wine and rosemary

A 19th century recipe for rabbit stew is widely (but questionably) reported to have begun with the phrase, “First, catch a hare.” As practical that that advice may sound, we opt for farm-raised rabbit.  Rabbit can be found at specialty … Continue reading

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Pappardelle con ricotta e fiori di zucca

We’re back to writing about zucchini blossoms.  They are just so pretty, fragrant and delicious that we couldn’t stop with just one summer dish, especially when we ran across this recipe for Pappardelle with Ricotta, Zucchini Blossoms and Basil Oil … Continue reading

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How to Drive on the Amalfi Coast, and what to see along the way

It happened again.  At a party last weekend, we found ourselves enthusiastically in conversation with friends who are planning a trip to Italy in October and who want ideas about places to visit. The Amalfi Coast or costiera amalfitana, is … Continue reading

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