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Posted 12/03/2012

Book Review: Stir (Inspiration from Boston’s Most Badass Female Chef)

Okay, right off the bat, let me admit: I’m biased.

I probably can’t capably write a fair and balanced review of Stir: Mixing It Up In the Italian Tradition, chef Barbara Lynch’s cookbook, because I have such strong feelings for her. I don’t know her personally (although I know people who do), but to me, she is such a perfect embodiment of all that is Boston, from its rebellious nature to its working class-immigrant roots to its gleaming ivory towers and high society. Somehow, beautifully, all of those elements comes together in her Italian-inspired cooking.

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Posted 11/27/2012

The Best Course in Italian Cooking, NYC

It was in the pursuit of culinary knowledge —mad pasta skills, old world mortar and pestle techniques, silky panna cotta secrets— that I signed up for a course at the International Culinary Center. Inspired by hauntingly delicious meals at Babbo and the like, I wanted to learn to cook like real Italians do. An eight week course with fine Italian chefs at this school in New York City is designed to do just that. Teach the fundamentals of regional Italian cooking and I found that I was taught the basics and so much more.

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Posted 11/27/2012

The Story Behind Traditional Holiday Dishes

The holidays allow us to indulge in some special treats that you can only find in December.  But, have you ever thought about where these strange holiday staples came from?  We discovered that we mainly have the Europeans to thank for these traditional holiday dishes.

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Posted 11/22/2012

Garlic, Not Only Delicious.

Garlic has a way of chasing away vampires and potential suitors all thanks to its intensely pungent aroma. But did you know that same smell also chases away viruses, bacteria and even cancer?

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Posted 11/22/2012

Quick Tips on How to Eat Healthy Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving is about food, family and friends.  Sadly, there is a fine line between gratitude and gluttony on this calorie-filled day.  Is there any chance of staying healthy when you are faced with Grandma’s homemade pumpkin pie?  Yes, and (thankfully) it’s easier than you think.  Here are some tips from our Italian cousins:

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Posted 11/19/2012

What to Drink Now: Seasonal & Savory Cocktails

Mixologists are embracing the chill of fall and creating drinks with the heartiest of this season’s harvest. Fresh veggie cocktails speak of the season with bursts of basil, springs of rosemary and red pepper puree. Although Farm-to-Table concoctions are not a new concept, bars are upping the ante with heirloom vegetables and seasonal fruits to add a healthy zip to your preferred vice. These garden fresh creations are simple additions that incorporate unexpected savory spirits at holiday parties or family brunches.

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Posted 11/15/2012

Bring Back Peace and Pasta Apparel

In the past week, I’ve worn my two Peace and Pasta shirts out to local beer events. And all of a sudden, I’m meeting famous people left and right! Let’s start with my appearance last Thursday at the Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale release party at The Pub in Pembroke Pines, Florida. I wore my LET THERE BE BLOOD shirt and the next thing you know, I’m posing for pictures with Former University of Miami All-American and later Head Football Coach Fran Curci! He autographed my football and bought me a beer! Continue Reading…

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Posted 11/07/2012

The Quest for the Perfect Pasta

First off, let me admit something I am, not proud of: I considered – briefly – calling this article “Mission: Im-pasta-ble!” (I also batted around “Lotsa Pasta” and “Fiori to Pastina: The Existential Gulf Between Perceived Inferiority of Minutia in Extruded Grains and the Lasting Psychological Imprint of Indecision on the Amateur Chef.”) For some reason I feel like getting that off my chest in this public forum will reduce my shame; only time will tell.

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Posted 10/29/2012

Looking for an Excuse to Wear Your Costume?

So you’ve got your Big Bird costume and your hand-lettered “Will Work for Food” sign. Or you’re a redhead who’s going to hang loaves of bread from his clothes and be the Gingerbread Man. All dressed up and no place to go? Why not throw a different kind of Halloween party?

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