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Mediterranean Dieting

Mediterranean Slow Cooker

It's been all over the news recently, yet it is hardly news at all.  We've known since the '80's that the Mediterranean diet is the healthiest around.  I'm talking about eating fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and olive oil and keeping red meat, animal fats and sugar to a minimum.  It's really not that hard ...

March 6, 2013   1 Comment

Carnevale Feast

The Mediterranean Slow Cooker

Carnevale begins this week.  It is traditionally celebrated as a time for feasting before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.  But how do you prepare a feast when you are busy with so many other things?  With your slow cooker, of course!   I'd like to suggest  Bargemen's Beef Stew, a recipe from my book The French ...

February 10, 2013   2 Comments


MedSlow Cover

Looking for inspiration for comforting slow cooker meals this winter?  How about Chicken with Chorizo, Red Wine, and Roasted Peppers, or Turkey Meatloaf with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Mozzarella, or Pork Ribs with Tomato Balsamic Sauce?  These are just a few of the recipes you will find in my new book, The Mediterranean Slow Cooker, ...

January 15, 2013   1 Comment

Chunky Fig and Orange Jam

Every year in late summer, my friend Tony invites me to have dinner with him under the  fig tree in his Brooklyn backyard.  The massive tree was planted long ago by his Sicilian grandfather and has withstood more than 70 years of the freezing winters we can sometimes have here in New York City.  Today, ...

September 4, 2012   4 Comments

You Can Never Have Too Many Pasta Sauces

  Charles and I always enjoy having dinner at the home of our friends Diane Darrow and Tom Maresca, who are both great cooks. Here is a link to a post I wrote a while back about a dinner at their house: They’ve just written a mini ecookbook, featuring 10 of their recipes ...

July 5, 2012   2 Comments


  1,000 ITALIAN RECIPES has a new look!  First published in 2004 by Wiley Publishing, this book is the culmination of my many years of cooking, eating, and researching Italian food and now it sports a jaunty red cover.  Comprehensive and far ranging, 1,000 ITALIAN RECIPES  really does contain 1,000 recipes.  Believe me, I counted them.   ...

June 26, 2012   4 Comments