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Pasta Piselli: Fresh English Peas, Spring Onions, Pancetta and Pasta

Pasta Piselli: Fresh English Peas, Spring Onions, Pancetta and Pasta

Pasta Piselli is one of those dishes for us. A dish made with peas, tomatoes, herbs and onions, it is simple and forthright. There is nothing showy about this dish, yet made with fresh spring onions and just-shelled English peas, I find that it has an innate elegance that makes it perfect not only for a family meal but as something I would be proud to serve to guests.

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Carrot Pudding

Carrot Pudding

| April 10, 2009 | 0 Comments

I’d never thought much of the carrot in terms of dessert food. Before you ask the obvious “But what about carrot cake?” question, yes, I know it exists. I just choose not to acknowledge it any longer, thanks to my volunteering to bake that particular dessert for a friend’s wedding several years ago. 150 people to feed and a Barbie-sized oven left me exhausted, but proud of the mission accomplished. I have since moved on. I don’t think I’d even uttered the word “carrot” in years.

And then I went to a potluck dinner at a home I onced partly owned, hosted by a man I used to live with, and a dog who used to know me.

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Giving Up Sunday Gravy: A Lost Food Tradition

Giving Up Sunday Gravy: A Lost Food Tradition

| April 19, 2008 | 59 Comments

Have you ever given up a long-held family food tradition? I have. Years ago I gave up Italian Sunday Gravy, which is basically manna for Italian Americans. Although I stand by my decision, I often regret it as well. Like many other Italian-American families, my mother made Gravy — a rich tomato-based sauce with numerous […]

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