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Simply Satisfying Biscotti

When winter strikes, I find myself spending more time baking. A few years ago my Mom gave me a leather bound book with my grandmother Louise’s signature recipes. She hand-wrote each one. It is the most thoughtful gift I’ve ever received. I keep adding more of my grandmother’s recipes to it, testing them and retesting […]

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Mauro Musso’s Magical Pasta

Thanks to a 7-course pasta tasting organized by Katie Parla and hosted by Beppe e I Suoi Formaggi, I had the chance to meet Mauro Musso and taste his magical pasta. Mauro’s passion for his craft and his quest for rare flours are inspiring. Two weeks later and I’m still craving the one dish that […]

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Lemon Daal, Un-Italian Comfort Food

Shopping at food markets around Rome is always inspirational to me. I love to cook and when I feel like making something un-Italian, I head over to the market at Piazza Vittorio. It offers local and seasonal fruit and vegetables as well as international ingredients. After a quick chat with my go-to-spice vendor, I decided […]

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Bicerin, A Chocolate-Coffee Dream

It is a sunny, crisp autumn day and an opportune time to enjoy a Bicerin. Just as each region of Italy has its own cuisine, many have their own speciality coffee drinks. Enter the Bicerin, a coffee potion created during the 18th century in the city of Turin in Piedmont.  For a coffee-chocolate addict like me, this scrumptious […]

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Granita & Brioche – Breakfast of Champions

By November in Rome, I’m usually hankering for hot chocolate, ribollita and roast chicken. With unseasonably warm temperatures, I’ve got granita on my mind. It is a slush like drink made from water, sugar and fruit, coffee or nuts. Originally from Sicily, it is usually served with sweet brioche for breakfast. Seem like an odd combination? This […]

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Ess-a-Bagel, NYC

I’m in a NYC state of mind. It’s breakfast time and I’m craving a warm, doughy, massive Ess-a-Bagel smothered in luscious cream cheese. A carb-lovers dream, the original kosher shop opened on 21st S Street and 1st Ave in 1976. Choose from more than 15 cream cheese creations and over 12 bagel varieties. Sesame, pumpernickel or the […]

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Picchiapò & Cicoria Strascinata at Da Benito

I had lunch today with Context Travel food docents, Eleonora and Brette at Da Benito in the Jewish Ghetto. It is a no frills family run Roman trattoria. By the time I arrived orders had been placed. I quickly hopped on my fellow foodies bandwagon ordering picchiapò and cicoria strascinata (chicory sauteed with olive oil, garlic […]

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