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Guest Post by Raymund at Ang Sarap: Caprese Panzanella Recipe

Our guest today is Raymund at Ang Sarap (a Tagalog word for “It’s Delicious”) Raymund and I started blogging at the same time—really, within days of each other—and we have followed each other ever since those early days. As I remember, it was his gorgeous photos that first caught my eye and his ability to post almost […]

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Italian-Style Stuffed Zucchini

What do you get when you ignore your garden for a few days? Zucchini revenge. I tend to pick zucchini once they reach about 6 inches long for their consistent texture, but when we returned from our long weekend in Estes, there was one zuke well beyond its tender youth. (Oh man, can I relate.) […]

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Veal Parmesan: Comfort Food for Black Forest Fire Victims

It has taken nearly a month to write this post for my friends and community affected by the Black Forest Fire. In the span of that time, heartbreaking stories unfolded, grief set in, and we reflected on the anniversary of the massive evacuation we were part of during the Waldo Canyon Fire on June 26th […]

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Cheese & Spinach Stuffed Pasta Shells Recipe [Gluten-Free]

There is something about ricotta cheese I simply adore. Maybe it’s the way it cradles companion flavors, softens the tone and enriches the texture of any dish.  Or maybe it is the way ricotta partners with a layer of sauce, balancing the nuance of herbs, acidic tomato, and meat. In these Cheese & Spinach Stuffed […]

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Lil’ Italy Burger Recipe & Hiatus

It has been a while since I’ve had creative time in the kitchen; we’ve been in maintenance mode since the end of June. A string of easy, go-to meals became a real lifeline … sometimes dependable, get-it-on-the-table (boring) is what life demands. Yes, even food bloggers have seasons when inspiration is lacking and we rely […]

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Italian Sausage, Prosciutto, Peperoncini & Smoked Cheddar Pizza: Five Pies in Five Days

As much as we wanted to experience the countryside and wineries of Greve, Italy, the wood fired pizza was an equally memorable part of our excursion there. Anyone who has had the pleasure of sinking their teeth into the crisp crust, rich tomatoes, handmade cheese, and olive oil appreciates the glorious simplicity of classic Italian […]

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Chicken Cacciatore Creole-Style

What is it about Italian food? Is it the simplicity of fresh flavors we love so much? I have often wondered if basil comes in a perfume … the sweet aroma draws me in like nothing else. Garlic? Oh yes, please. Cheese, bread, wine … yes, the Italians have got it goin’ on. Then there […]

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Barrel Aged Balsamic Vinegar: Modena Magic

Years ago I used balsamic vinegar for marinades and salad dressings, thinking I was a culinary genius (ah, youth). Although I still use what we call balsamic in the U.S. for these same applications, our trip to Italy opened my eyes to true balsamic vinegar. The sweet, tangy, complex, thick syrup garnishing our cheese plate […]

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Prosciutto-Wrapped Caprese Salad

In March, the food world turns its attention to everything green in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, but for me the focus is on four weddings in the next two months. Since I am involved in three of the bridal showers, ivory and white have overshadowed the green theme. In the midst of planning appetizers […]

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Lentil and Sausage Soup: No Fuss, Simply Satisfying

When I made this Lentil and Sausage Soup, it was delightfully easy and its flavor impressive. Surprised by numerous recipes calling for “just throw everything in the pot” once the sausage browned; I struggled a little with not layering the flavors, skeptical of great taste with so little effort.  Melding a few promising recipes into one, […]

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