Category: Italian Food

Fava bean & avocado crostini

Today, we’re going to talk about these peculiar beauties.

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Tomatoes are the rock-stars of late summer, with their jewel tones and juicy acidity. They eclipse some of their costars, like tomatillos, okra, and fava beans–which is a shame.  Continue reading

Pastina + big news!

{Two Ingredient Tuesday}

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Today we’re going to make pastina, or as my bolognese host mother Adele called it, stelline (“tiny stars”). Modern Italians don’t always have time for the languid multi-course dinners of the old days, but Adele always made sure that the evening meal was separated into the distinct courses of primo (pasta or starch), secondo (meat), contorni (sides), and a little sweet treat or an end of cheese for the dolce, always with a clean plate in between courses, despite her dishwasher that was about the size of an American toaster. Stelline was one of her go-to dishes for the starch course: quick and easy, warm, comforting, familiar. Continue reading

Caffè Corretto

{Two Ingredient Tuesday}

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Here’s how I judge coffee: if the light passes through it, it’s not strong enough. I’ve always been that way, and so has everyone else in my family. I use a French press for my everyday cup of dark, evil, caffeine mud, but even the best French press coffee pales in comparison to a perfectly brewed shot of espresso.

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