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They say that everyone leaves a digital footprint. Not so. A few years ago I posted my Lamb Stew with Cannellini beans (Stufato di agnello con fagioli canellini) recipe. But with changes to both my blog and website over the years, it got lost. Gone. Disappeared. Along with a several others of my favorite recipes. […]

Main Dish, Meat, Recipes

Lamb Stew With Cannellini Beans

Lamb Stew With Cannellini Beans

I remember as a kid, my grandmother always had prune juice in the fridge. So throughout my life, I always associated prune juice with old people. And also for… you know…when you need a little extra help. In 2001, the California Prune Board pressured the Food and Drug Administration to change the name of prunes […]

Brunch, Dessert, Recipes

Prune Cake {Torta alla Prugne}

Prune Cake

In 1989, Roberta Molani opened one of the first cooking schools in Italy. Since then, Peccati di Gola, has grown from its original location in Mestre to include classes in thirteen locations throughout Italy. They have a substantial catering business and in Venice work with events related to the Bienniale, Venice Film Festival, weddings and other private events. […]

Dessert, Gluten Free, Recipes

Zabaione Chantilly Mousse from Peccati di Gola Cooking School

Zabaione

A meal is not complete in Italy without drinking a “digestivo”, or an after dinner drink at the end of the meal. A good Grappa, Amaro, Sambuca or Limoncello sipped after dinner is thought to help one’s food digest and settle the stomach. Everyone has their favorite and Limoncello, a lemon liqueur produced mainly in the […]

Dessert, Recipes

Biscotti al Limoncello (Limoncello Cookies)

Last summer, on a very hot and steamy July night, my daughter and I arrived a few minutes early for our reservation at Scarpetta on West 14th Street in New York. The restaurant had been on our list for quite a while but for some reason we just never quite got there. I was looking […]

Recipes, Wine and Cocktails

San Remo {The Cocktail} and a Simon Pearce Giveaway

San Remo Cocktail

The year I graduated from college and moved to New York, I had a fall ticket series to the New York City Opera with a work friend. I didn’t know much about opera and still don’t, but seeing the magnificent performances of Madame Butterfly and Tosca at Lincoln Center are forever etched in my memory. […]

Brunch, Dessert, Lake Garda, Recipes, Travel

La Torta Paradiso (Paradise Cake)~Maria Callas Style

Paradise Cake

  My trip through the Venetian Lagoon was phenomenal and the stunning sites and scenery will be forever etched in my mind. Especially the food. And of course the Prosecco. When I see something wonderful to eat, my heart beats just a little bit faster. In the case of the sensational Fritto Misto (fried squid and shrimp) served on the boat, it […]

Dessert, Recipes, Travel

Esse Buranei and Bussolà (Cookies from Burano)

Esse Buranei or Bussola

My mother went on vacation to California and she brought me back a lemon. That’s it…just a lemon…nothing else. And I was happy. Very, very happy.  She picked the lemon from a friend’s organic lemon tree in Berkeley, then packed it in her suitcase and schlepped it home. (I’m pretty sure she did some other […]

Dessert, Recipes

Iced Triple Lemon Biscotti (from Ciao Biscotti)

Lemon Biscotti

I really don’t know where to start talking about Limone, a charming village tucked away on the western shore of Lake Garda. We could begin with the beautiful, relaxed setting framed by the mountains towering above… Or I could tell you about the luscious, tangy, smooth, simple Tagliatelle al Limone I thoroughly enjoyed at a restaurant on the lakefront. […]

Lake Garda, Main Dish, Pasta, Recipes, Travel

Linguine with Lemon and Living Longer in Limone, Italy

Linguine with Lemon

If you invite me to your house for dinner, I will eat anything you prepare. Really. If you’re going through the time and effort to prepare a meal, I will wholeheartedly enjoy every bite. Dietary restrictions, food allergies and food aversions are not a part of my life, which probably makes me one of the […]

First Course (Primi), Gluten Free, Main Dish, Recipes, Seafood

Risotto with Shrimp, Scallops and Asparagus (Risotto con Gamberi, Capesante e Asparagi)

Risotto with Shrimp and Scallops

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