Pesto Genovese

Pesto Genovese

I never gave much thought to the seasonality of fresh produce. I grew up eating seasonally both at home in Maryland and at the homes of my paternal grandparents, and great-aunts in Italy. There was a small garden in the back yard in Maryland, and an enormous garden in my paternal Nonna’s back yard in northern Italy, complete with fruit trees and a chicken coop. For my maternal great-aunts in Rome, apartment living only gave them room for a few pots of flowers and herbs on the balcony, but they shopped for the produce from a nearby mercato daily and it often came from a […]

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Friday Favorites {Vol. 18}

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! The lazy days of summer have me feeling, well…lazy. I’ve gotten off-track with blogging, so I’m re-grouping, writing new editorial calendars for the rest of the year, and getting re-organized to bring you recipe posts more consistently. Despite the heat of summer, I don’t get lazy in the kitchen. I don’t stop cooking (or baking), but the recipes I make are often less labor-intensive and focused on summer’s fresh produce, which never needs much fussing with to taste great. For this week’s Friday Favorites I’m sharing summer recipes from some of my favorite blogs. Summer seems to be the season […]

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Tropea Onion Jam

onion jam

Last month, my fellow food blogging friend Domenica Marchetti sent me a copy of her newest cookbook, Preserving Italy: Canning, Curing, Infusing, and Bottling Italian Flavors and Traditions (grazie, Domenica!). My kitchen bookshelf is lined with all of Domenica’s cookbooks and I’m thrilled to add her latest one right next to the others. I haven’t been able to put it down since I received it. Domenica is the author of six cookbooks on Italian cooking, including The Glorious Pasta of Italy and Rustic Italian (two of my favorites). Preserving Italy is her seventh cookbook and it has become another one of my favorites. Among the many cookbooks about canning […]

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Friday Favorites {Vol. 17}

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! I hope everyone is having a great start to the summer season. I can’t say I’m a fan of Texas summer heat, but I love summer for so many other reasons: the effortless fashions, sandals, the smell of sunscreen, lazier days, summer reading, the long days of sunlight, bumper crops of summer produce…the list goes on. One of my newest summertime loves is canning. I finally bit the bullet earlier this week and made my very first (very small) batch of preserves and am officially hooked! I’ve had the equipment sitting in my cupboard for a couple […]

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Chickpea Flatbread

chickpea flatbread

Emiko Davies’ Florentine: The True Cuisine of Florence arrived in my mailbox earlier this year after much anticipation. I have enjoyed Emiko’s blog for several years, and I look forward to her informative articles about Italian food, history, and culture on Food 52. She also writes a food column for the Italian newspaper, Corriere della Sera and did a video interview for the publication’s Le Donne del Cibo series. Her Instagram feed is one of my favorites for its gorgeous captures of her daily life in Tuscany, her travels, her food photos, and her adorable daughter whom I’m convinced is one of the cutest kids on Instagram. Over […]

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