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Amatriciana Sauce

Amatriciana Sauce

The origins of Amatriciana sauce are drenched in debate. Most people claim the sauce originated in the town of Amatrice, located 60 miles northeast of Rome. In Rome, many chefs and home cooks claim the sauce is typical to the city’s cuisine and has nothing to do with the town of Amatrice. There are people who say the sauce should be called matriciana, suggesting a theory that it refers to a wild herb called matricale, which is questionable because most Italians agree that herbs have no place in the sauce. And that’s just the beginning of the controversy surrounding this sauce. […]

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Pizza Dough

Pizza Dough

A few years ago, I discovered a deep love for making dough from scratch. For years, the idea of making any kind of homemade dough intimidated me, until I finally got annoyed with myself, put on my Big Girl Pants, bought a few good baking cookbooks, and got to work in the kitchen. I couldn’t believe I wasted so much time being fearful. I’ve been making homemade dough ever since and I’m here to tell you that a.) it isn’t as hard as you think, and b.) it’s fun! I had a handful of fails along the way, but with consistent […]

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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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Tomato Sauce

Tomato Sauce

The last of my Christmas cookies have been baked, my gift tins have been shipped off, and Christmas cards are in the mail. I had hoped to stay on my blogging schedule this month, but instead, I’ve been feeling like I have to beat the clock each day with all of my Christmas “to do’s”. After this week, I’ll be taking a break to regroup, re-charge and work on my editorial calendars for the new year. There’s going to be a lot of cookbook and food magazine reading going on with my feet propped up on the coffee table and I can’t […]

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Cream Cheese Pastry Dough

cream cheese pastry dough

I’m back with one more “basics” post before the Thanksgiving festivities begin. Today, I’m showing you how to make cream cheese pastry dough. This is a great dough to start with if you are new to making dough from scratch because it comes together easily and is a dream to roll out. Cream cheese pastry dough was the first dough I learned how to make and it took me no time to master it. Like basic pie dough, I like to make cream cheese pastry dough in the food processor because it comes together quickly, with just a few pulses and a few […]

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