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What to Do When You Want to Lose a Few Pounds...  AKA Our Weight Loss Strategy

What to Do When You Want to Lose a Few Pounds... AKA Our Weight Loss Strategy

I admit it: we returned from Italy a bit heavier than when we left. Those of you who know us from our cooking classes in NYC or from our culinary tours in Italy know that we lost a lot of weight over the years: Dino used to weigh 65 p...

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Our Four Culinary Tours in a Nutshell

Our Four Culinary Tours in a Nutshell

All our tours, no matter the regions we visit, are a way to enjoy Italy through a culinary lens. The only prerequisite is a love of food and an appetite for pleasure (and maybe some pants with an elastic waistand). Group size varies ...

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Bread Gnocchi, aka one of my favorite cool weather comfort foods

Bread Gnocchi, aka one of my favorite cool weather comfort foods

Have you ever heard of canederli? Chances are you haven’t. Even most Italians are unfamiliar with these plump, herb-flecked bread gnocchi. Hailing from the northern region of Trentino-Alto Adige ...

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Two for One: Tagliatelle with Beef Braciole

Two for One: Tagliatelle with Beef Braciole

Let me preface this blog post by saying that I did not grow up eating braciole. My family is from Milan in northern Italy and braciole are southern Italian: a hearty braise of stuffed beef cooke...

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For the love of beets

For the love of beets

I grew up in a mostly beetless family. My maternal grandmother Lalla, a Romanian Jew, made borscht for many Friday lunches at her home in Milan, but truth be told, I never ate it: the bits of boiled beef floating in the soup put me off. ...

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Turn a meat lover into a fish lover with branzino

Turn a meat lover into a fish lover with branzino

When I first met my husband Dino,  it was obvious he loved meat. Whether it was his father’s roasted leg of lamb with rosemary, his mother’s Haitian pork griot, my mother’s veal roast with white wine, or my father’s grilled T-bon...

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