Pasta Frolla

Pasta Frolla

For the first “basics” post of 2016, I’m introducing you to pasta frolla, a basic Italian pastry dough. This is not a difficult dough to master, but I’ve held off writing a blog post about it because it’s taken me a while to find a recipe that has the proper proportions of flour, butter, and sugar. It wasn’t until I bought a copy of The Italian Baker that I found a recipe that yielded a perfect batch of pasta frolla every time and it has become my go-to cookbook for Italian baking knowledge. Like basic pie dough and cream cheese pastry dough, I like […]

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Friday Favorites {Vol. 8}

Friday Favorites

It’s been a week of recipe fails and kitchen frustration, so this weekend, I’ll be regrouping, rearranging my editorial calendar, and getting back to the drawing cutting board. My bumpy start to the new year knocked my focus off balance and I’m floundering to get it back. There’s been a lot of change on the personal front and I’ve been distracted. Lots of things are happening: mostly good, some challenging, and seemingly all at once. For a Type A introvert like me, it can be overwhelming and sends me into “run for cover” mode. But instead of hiding under the covers, I’m […]

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Friday Favorites {Vol. 7}

Friday Favorites

I can’t believe January is almost over. On the other hand, I’m glad January is almost over. I spent most of it under the weather and I’m glad those weeks are behind me. This month also served as a wake up call to make more of an effort to take better care of myself both physically and mentally. I’ve always done a pretty good job of this, but there’s always room for improvement. The biggest changes I need to make are getting back to a regular exercise routine and curbing my undying love and adoration for carbs. I stopped exercising in […]

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Pasta e Fagioli

Pasta e Fagioli

My paternal nonna Ada used to make the best pasta e fagioli. I grew up hearing it pronounced more frequently as pasta e fasoi, since the Venetian dialect is what nonna Ada and nonno “Gigi” spoke with each other and their friends in their tiny village of Lovadina di Spresiano, where most of my summers were spent as a child. Nonna Ada was an urban homesteader long before the term was invented. She tended an enormous garden that ran the perimeter of a huge back yard. She grew a dizzying amount of vegetables, her plants prolific and her yields abundant. I wish I could remember if she grew the beans that […]

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Carnevale di Venezia

The Side Dish

Today is the first day of carnevale in Italy. For the next seventeen days, Italians will celebrate this festive period before the forty austere days of Lent begin. The two largest and most popular carnevali in Italy are the carnevale di Venezia and the carnevale di Viareggio (in Toscana). The carnevale di Venezia dates back to the 11th century. Revelers would celebrate for two months straight, and the tradition lasted until the 18th century, when it fell into decline. Carnevale wasn’t revived in Venice until 1979 and has continued with great success since then. The carnevale di Viareggio began in 1873 and is famous […]

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