Marcella Hazan’s Pastry Ring

Marcella Hazan's Italian Pastry Ring

Dear friends, I hope you are all healthy and safe right now. So many people aren’t, and I’m heartsick about it. I have been struggling with what to write in this space since our lives have been upended by the corona virus pandemic. That is why I have been quiet (again) around here. Last month, when we began to self-quarantine I initially thought how fun it would be to blog more often. But then I was hit with overwhelming guilt as I read headline after headline of people getting sick, people succumbing to the virus, and people losing their jobs. […]

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Winter Citrus and Fennel Salad

Winter Citrus and Fennel Salad

Happy New Year, friends! I’m hoping I can still say that given that we are still in January, albeit the last day. Also: can someone please tell me where January went? I’ve seen so many people complaining on social media about how long this month has felt, but for me it’s been quite the opposite. I used to dread January because it always felt like it dragged on forever, but these past couple of years, I have welcomed the quiet and rest after a busy holiday season. Changing my mindset by looking forward to a re-set in January has made […]

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Smitten Kitchen’s Bakery Style Butter Cookies

chocolate dipped butter cookies with sprinkles

Hi friends! Happy Christmas Eve! I know it has been a long time since I’ve blogged. Ten months. After giving my blog a small makeover at the beginning of February, everything came to a screeching halt within the same month. I didn’t intend to step away from blogging, but it became necessary. This year had several rough patches for me so I (reluctantly) gave myself permission to let my blog go dormant. I found myself struggling with anxiety and overwhelm–not only regarding my blog, but about several other Life Things. It was next to impossible to feel creative when I […]

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Asiago Cheese and Almond Biscotti

Asiago Cheese and Almond Biscotti

Happy National Biscotti Day! This year, I am finally jumping on the food holiday bandwagon. In all the years I have been reading food blogs, I’ve always enjoyed reading posts celebrating a food holiday, so I figured I would get in on the fun too! To my delight, there are many Italian-themed food holidays as well as those that can easily be adapted to Italian recipes, and I’ve penciled them all into my editorial calendar to share with you throughout the year. I can’t think of a better food holiday to kick off this new tradition on Flavia’s Flavors than […]

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Marcella Hazan’s Minestrone Soup

minestrone alla romagnola soup

Happy February! I’m a few days late because my blog was getting a much-needed facelift and I had to hold off on publishing new posts while my web developers worked behind the scenes. I am thrilled with the changes and I hope you like them as much as I do! I can’t believe how quickly January went by, although I may be in the minority of people who feel that way. Last month, I saw many people complaining about how January seemed to drag–as though the month was like one long Monday. I know that feeling because I have felt that […]

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Winter Fennel, Radicchio + Citrus Salad

winter fennel radicchio + citrus salad

I have never been (nor do I ever plan on being) one of these people who goes on a diet after the holidays. It’s disheartening to hear people speak as though they have to punish themselves at the start of the new year by going on a restrictive diet just because they ate some cookies and drank a little more alcohol than usual over the holiday season. I don’t do “clean eating” or fasting. Instead, I cook with as many whole and unprocessed ingredients as possible with a heavy emphasis on seasonal produce. I believe in balance and moderation for […]

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