Category Archives: Appetizers

Insalata di polpo (Octopus salad)

When Stefano was a child, he used to fish for polpi (octopuses) in the summer months when his family left the heat of Rome for their little house near the town of Latina along the Tyrrhenian Sea, a subdivision of … Continue reading

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Caldarroste

Ridiculously cold temperatures, such as those that are descending upon Minneapolis in the coming days, call for foods that warm your bones and your soul. It’s so cold that you can toss a glass of water outdoors and it will … Continue reading

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Supplì al telefono

We’ve had this recipe and accompanying photos ready for a week now, but the time and more importantly the inspiration to write a post around them have been missing. It arrived last night in the form of an 11-month-old bundle … Continue reading

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Crostini con prosciutto e mozzarella

Oooh, things have been busy!  We’re at full tilt with work, school, homework, kids’ activities, and now the holidays on top of it.  When life is moving this fast, it’s hard to find time, or energy for that matter, to … Continue reading

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Torta Rustica (Rustic Farmhouse Pie)

I’m not sure what made us crave a torta rustica this weekend.  Perhaps it was the dark and stormy week we’ve had that gave appeal to the scent of a savory pie baking in a warm oven.  Or, maybe the … Continue reading

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Fave e Pecorino

We’ve been nostalgic for Rome lately.  Perhaps its recent birthday has gotten us thinking about it.  Or, maybe it’s been on our minds because we’re planning a visit this July and are eager to see friends and family, and to … Continue reading

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Insalata di arance

It’s time to lighten up a bit! The Thanksgiving meal is now behind us, but December being the season of winter parties and holiday baking, more hearty, rich food awaits us. We’re not complaining, of course.  We love this time … 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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Cherry Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

We just can’t get enough tomatoes this summer. Big, red beefsteak tomatoes, oblong juicy grape tomatoes, sturdy romas and ugly heirlooms – we’ve had them all.  We had the most delicious yellow tomatoes from a friend’s garden.  Mild-flavored and juicy, … 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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