Monthly Archives: October 2011

Spaghetti alla puttanesca

It’s been two weeks now since the fire.  We’ll spend one more week in the hotel, but we’ve found a house to rent not far from home and are eager to move in next weekend.  It is a perfect house … Continue reading

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Salame al cioccolato

What a week it has been!  Last Saturday evening our house caught fire.  The fire began in a second floor bathroom, spread up above the ceilings of the upstairs bedrooms, and through the roof.  Thankfully, no one was hurt.  Our … Continue reading

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Butternut squash gnocchi with taleggio cheese sauce

Sometimes things turn out superbly, amazingly so, with really very little effort.  Other times we need to use a heavier hand, forcing the issue a bit like we might with a suitcase that won’t quite close. Butternut squash is not … Continue reading

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Pane Casareccio

On Saturdays in late fall at the end of a long day in the family’s olive groves, we brought our sacks of olives to the frantoio, where the oil was cold-pressed from the fruit’s  pit.  With dirt under our fingernails, … Continue reading

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Crostini assortiti

The idea to serve crostini at a party we threw recently came from this LA Times article. It’s is a nice read.  Journalist Russ Parsons takes us away to Lago Trasimeno in Umbria, one of our favorite regions. As we … Continue reading

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