If We are What We Eat

The London Times once said that if we are what we eat who wouldn’t want to be Italian. I would take that one step further and say if we are what we eat who wouldn’t want to be Northern Italian. The geography and climate of Northern Italy make it one of the most cultural diverse … Continue reading If We are What We Eat

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Fiddlehead Fern Breadsticks

It’s difficult to call a plant with such a whimsical shape serious eats but fiddlehead ferns or fiddlehead greens have antioxidant properties that rival the nutritional benefits of spinach and blueberries. High in iron, fiber, potassium, phosphorous and magnesium, fiddleheads have been part of traditional diets in much of Northern France since the beginning of the … Continue reading Fiddlehead Fern Breadsticks

An Easter Egg from the Heart

 The painting of eggs is an age old custom among Croatian families during the Easter holiday as they prepare to commemorate the resurrection of Christ. Eggs are included in blessed baskets and baked into traditional Easter breads.  Often elaborately decorated with designs and symbols and dyed in colors that have special meanings (red stands for the love … Continue reading An Easter Egg from the Heart

Marcella Hazan Can Taste the Difference and So Can I

I’m a big fan of Marcella Hazan. For me she is a kindred spirit, someone who gets what it means to cook Italian, someone who cooks with the same food memory as mia Nonna. She would certainly be my Julia if I was writing about us.  In my book I refer to her as the … Continue reading Marcella Hazan Can Taste the Difference and So Can I