Grilled Squid

There was a popular restaurant in Washington, DC that served an appetizer called “Grilled Squid Over Creamy Polenta.” I used to love it, unfortunately the restaurant eventually closed. But I had eaten there often enough to know that dish quite well and I thought it wasn’t too difficult to make at home. So I did, […]

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Christmas Thereabouts

Christmas is a long affair in Italy because is not just one day, there is the day after too. A full-fledged festivity known as St. Stephen day. It means more food, more invitations, more cooking. Certainly more planning and shopping because on St. Stephen day all stores are still closed. It was in days like […]

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Hello Polenta, My Old Friend

Oh polenta! An Italian legendary dish that arrived with the discovery of Americaβ€”along with the tomatoes for our pizza (should we remind that to the ones that complain against globalization?). Polenta saved many from famine especially in the North of Italy (just like potatoes in the rest of Europe and Russia). Like Pasta, Risotto, and […]

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Antiquity and Food in Cividale

A Sense of Antiquity Founded by Julius Caesar with the name of Forum Iulii in 568 AD. Cividale became the seat of the first Longobard duchy in Italy and later, the residence of the Patriarchs of Aquileia. This pretty town is antique, but clean like a bright new penny! Cividale del Friuli is located at […]

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It’s the Great Pumpkin!

Yes Pumpkin is great, and not just for Charlie Brown. Many people think of pumpkins as little more than a Halloween decoration or a Thanksgiving pie filling. However, it may be time to rethink this plump, nutritious orange plant.Β  The potassium contained within pumpkins can have a positive effect on blood pressure. The antioxidants in […]

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