Arugula Salad with Roast Beef + Parmigiano

arugula roast beef salad

Yesterday morning while enjoying my morning coffee, I opened Instagram to start scrolling through my feed. One of my favorite Instagram feeds belongs to Elizabeth Minchilli who lives in Rome. She frequently records Instagram stories about her daily life, always making sure to tag the establishments where she dines and shops. This, of course, makes sense since Elizabeth conducts tours, writes travel apps, and authors books about where to eat and what to see in Italy. In short, she is an excellent resource if you are planning a trip to Italy, particularly Rome. Yesterday, in Elizabeth’s Instagram stories, she recorded […]

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Tramezzini da Bar

tramezzini

Welcome to the September edition of Cucina Conversations! This month, we are celebrating our online roundtable’s first birthday. Our monthly posts are a blogging commitment I look forward to because we come together virtually to share different recipes around a common theme. It’s the next best thing to all of us being together in person discussing, cooking, and eating Italian food. Due to a busy summer teaching cooking classes at the Italian Cultural and Community Center, and some circumstances out of my control, I had to skip writing my Cucina Conversations posts for the months of June, July, and August, […]

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Focaccia Pugliese

focaccia pugliese

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know about my unending love of making dough, and after procrastinating for longer than I care to admit, I finally learned how to make a beautiful and delicious focaccia pugliese. The inspiration and motivation to learn how to make this came from my new friend Carla who teaches cooking classes in Rome, and whom I had the pleasure of meeting last December when we traveled to Italy for Christmas. Carla takes photos of the food she makes at every class, and focaccia pugliese is often on the menu for her students to […]

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Catching Up

The Side Dish

Hi friends, It feels frivolous to be working on my food blog at a time like this. Many parts of the city I have called home for the past nineteen years are still under water, and the areas that have drained have been left in ruins–mostly people’s homes, but also businesses, parks, grocery stores, and schools. I have felt both relief and guilt about living in a suburban development that came out of the storm unscathed while others are facing the physical, emotional, and financial toll of having been flooded out of their homes. While my routine was interrupted only […]

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How to help Houston after Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey

Dear friends, For the past four days, the city of Houston, its suburbs and coastal communities were all brought to their knees with catastrophic flooding and massive damage from hurricane/tropical storm Harvey. The amount of rainfall we received is unprecedented. The majority of Houston and its environs are under several feet of water, some reservoirs, rivers, and bayous have crested their banks, and people who thought their neighborhoods would never flood are now in shelters, unsure of whether they will have a home to return to once the water recedes. The devastation is of massive proportions and it is heart-wrenching […]

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