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Gragnano pasta (paccheri) with octopus ragu’

Aug 16, 2019
Pasta di Gragnano (paccheri) al ragu' di polpo For me as a cook, one of my greatest pleasures is the challenge of trying to recreate a recipe I have experienced in a restaurant. It often takes months of trial and error to perfect before I will prepare it for family and friends, and then only when I am truly satisfied will I teach it in my classes or publish the method on my blog. This is one such recipe. During

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Pumpkin Soup with stracciatella and cime di rapa

Aug 9, 2019
Vellutata di zucca, stracciatella e cime di rapa I first tried stracciatella on a holiday to Italy when friends from Puglia arrived laden with fresh mozzarella cheeses, burrata and stracciatella - all soft curd cheeses which are originally from Puglia. I fell in love with all of them and also loved the versatility of stracciatella, the filling of burrata, a soft curd cheese made of mozzarella strings pulled apart with cream and salt. At the time, I had never been

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Pomodorini Confit Tomatoes (Slow cooked baby tomatoes)

Dec 2, 2016
Pomodorini confit tomatoes
Pomodorini confit (Slow cooked baby tomatoes) There are hundreds of ways to use these tomatoes. Italian chefs use confit tomatoes to accompany pasta dishes or as garnish for many main courses. It is a modern way of preparing tomatoes, not many nonnas would have prepared them this way. My recipe is inspired by a friend who prepared these for a Christmas lunch more than 20 years ago; they were so beautiful I never forgot them. I now use this recipe

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Rosemary, olive oil and spelt cake

Feb 26, 2016
Spelt cake recipe
Ciambella di farro, olio d'oliva e rosmarino   I grew up in family where sweets, cakes and desserts were a very rare occurrence. My nonna and zia did not make cakes very often and for special occasions my mother would dispatch my father to buy a tray of delicious pastries at the “Pasticceria”. We all loved the pastries of course, but I was probably the one who ate the least of them. I do not like overly sweet desserts, so

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