IMAF Chefs’ Cup 2014

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I was honored to be asked to judge the IMAF --International Migration Art Festival-- Chef's Cup 2014.  This competition pairs Italian Michelin starred chefs and challenges them to create a dish inspired by a famous movie.  The two finalists this year were Andrea Mattei of the Restaurant La Magnolia in the Hotel Lord Byron in Forte dei ...

June 18, 2014   2 Comments

Veneto Vacation

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Most  travelers to Italy go to Venice, but few travel to the surrounding region known as the Veneto.  That's too bad because it has so much to offer. Our flight landed at the Venice Marco Polo Airport, but instead of staying we drove off to Verona, a small and gracious city famous for its Ancient ...

June 9, 2014   2 Comments

Clementine Upside Down Cake for Mother’s Day

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Upside down cakes seem touched by magic.  I love the way the tender caramelized fruit  appears on the top when you turn the cake out of the pan, forming a glossy topping on the buttery cake which soaks up their juices. It looks wonderful and it is delicious to eat. Italian cooks also are fond of upside down cake, known ...

May 7, 2014   No Comments

The Italian Vegetable Cookbook on Potluck Video

Ali Rosen is the dynamic host and founder of Potluck Video, a site for food, wine and travel videos. Ali's videos can also be seen on her Potluck show on New York Public Television Channel 25.  Recently, Ali and I met at Agata & Valentina, one of New York City's best sources for top quality food, to do a little ...

March 29, 2014   No Comments

THE ITALIAN VEGETABLE COOKBOOK

200 Favorite Recipes for Antipasti, Soups, Pasta, Main Dishes and Desserts

It's here! My latest book,  The Italian Vegetable Cookbook:  200 Recipes for Antipasti, Soups, Pasta, Main Dishes and Desserts,  is now available in both hardcover and ebook editions. The name says it all!  Inside you will find vegetable recipes the way the Italians cook them.  Some may contain small amounts of meat, or anchovies, or chicken broth ...

March 4, 2014   7 Comments

Slow Cooking Saves the Day

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Call it the Deep Freeze, Arctic  Outbreak or Polar Vortex.  It really doesn't matter.  All I know is that it has been extremely cold and snowy here and it doesn't show signs of improving anytime soon.    To compensate for the cold and warm up the kitchen, I've had my slow cooker going practically every ...

January 27, 2014   No Comments