Month: July 2008

Lauren’s Cranberry Cole Slaw


I spent a lovely June week at my dear friend Lauren Small’s in Baltimore. Lauren’s husband Don has a wonderful orto in which he grows lettuce, spinach, radishes, eggplant, etc. They also have a patch of star gazer lilies, which is oft-visited by local bunny rabbits and deer! One evening at dinner on the patio […]

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Penne al radicchio


July 29th We ate this dish at my friend Luciana’s in Roma!It’s light and fast to make, and easy on the palate. A lovely spring and summer dish. Wilt the washed, drained, and sliced radicchio in heavy fry pan awash in olive oil, (5-6 tablespoons) minced onion and pressed garlic–as much as you like of […]

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Stuffed Shells (ricotta & spinach)


July 28th Take everything you need out of the refrigerator for at least 1/2 hour before preparing For the stuffingIn a large mixing bowl, mix together with a fork: 2 lbs of ricotta2 cups of shredded mozzarella2 eggs beaten1 cup of grated Parmigiano1 cup of shredded Parmigiano or Romano 1 lb. chopped fresh baby spinach […]

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Gallinella


This is one of my favorite greens to make a salad…in Italian it’s called “gallinella” little chicken, and in English I believe it’s called lamb lettuce, although I’ve never found it here in the US of A. the salad comes in little bunches with the roots attached…cut these off and clean and wash well. the […]

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Summertime Dinner: Tonight July 23rd


Today I shopped at an open air market: Park City Farmer’s Market (my first time!) and met a wild mushroom vendor: Robert Angelily. This affable vendor speaks Italian! He must have enjoyed speaking with us, because there was a line forming in back and he didn’t rush. Customers behind us were wishing to come to […]

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Something Scrumptious


This is something absolutely scrumptious–only not edible! It is my favorite Bernini fountain in all of Rome, in all of Italy, in all the world. La Fontana della Tartarughe…Fountain of the Turtles. When I was in Rome this past April, I had the most delicious surprise–they had cleaned and restored the fountain to pristine perfectness! […]

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Fettuccine with Fresh Artichokes


Fettuccine with fresh artichokes! Olive oil, cleaned, quartered artichokes & stems, garlic, white wine, fresh parsley, fresh mint (salt and pepper top taste) water, grated cheese Heat olive oil and garlic. Raise the heat. Add artichokes, salt , pepper. When wilted, add 1 cup water, one cup vino. Cover tightly and reduce heat. Let simmer […]

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Let’s Get Cooking!


July 19th What happens when your freezer dies? You get cooking. So here’s what happened…my brand new Thermador Freezer either couldn’t take the quantity or the quality of the foodstuffs I had stacked in there, packed to the gills, and got sick—literally started dying a slow death. Of course I called Thermador, and two appliance […]

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A Poet & His Poetry: CK Williams


Today I’ve had an affirmative response from CK Williams, who is summering in France, to an e-mail note I sent requesting permission to use some of his gorgeous and sensuous poems on my writing group’s website: http://www.srewiowa.com/. He will be poet # 4, so look for more of his work. Below is his wonderful poem, […]

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Cooking Lessons


Nina’s 13 easy basic lessons for excellent gourmet cooking Lesson #1You must want to cook, and keep your kitchen pristine, all receptacles: pots, pans, dishes, platters, bowls, etc. as clean as if you expected Elijah to swoop down from Heaven and be your surprise guest Lesson #2Be creative and enthusiastic–use your energy wisely! Recycle your […]

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