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Going Coastal: Part IV of our Italian Vacation

Going Coastal: Part IV of our Italian Vacation

As my cousin Francesca drives the winding path along the coast, the narrow road ahead  looks as though it must be one way. There is a cliff on one side of us and a steep drop to the sea below on the other side. Surely there is no room for oncoming traffic in such tight quarters. […]

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Montenero di Bisaccia: Part III of our Italian Vacation

Montenero di Bisaccia: Part III of our Italian Vacation

The GPS directs us east in perfect Italian as we travel through tiny villages scattered among the hills, until we reach the piazza of a small mountain town that no one has ever heard of.  Suddenly our Italian driving companion is out of answers.  She has no more round-abouts to direct us through.  The map ends […]

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Food, Flavio and Florence: Part II of our Italian Vacation

Food, Flavio and Florence: Part II of our Italian Vacation

An alarm sounds before the sun is awake, before the bells of the nearby church begin their morning song and certainly before I am aware of what day it is or where I am. Like waking up on Christmas morning, the details suddenly become clear and coax me out of bed. We have an adventure ahead […]

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Roman Holiday: Part I of our Italian Vacation

Roman Holiday: Part I of our Italian Vacation

I’ve been to Italy several times over the years to visit my family, but my favorite trip has always been the first one when I was just 9 years old. It seems odd that my adult visits to Italy would always pale in comparison to that one special, childhood trip, but this has always been […]

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Fall: for food, in love...

Fall: for food, in love…

I love this time of year for many reasons including a few fun milestones. Mostly, the chill in the air just makes me happy and hopeful and awakens a lively feeling in me. Not only do I prefer jeans and boots to shorts and sandals, but I also prefer fall cooking to summer salads and […]

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Sweet Memories

Sweet Memories

Families come in many varieties. They don’t always include children and sometimes as in our case, they are simply a party of two. Just like the family you’re born into, the one you create comes with two sides and many facets. Mike and I are lucky that between the two of us we have five […]

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Italian American

Italian American

Despite the many Italian traditions I’ve recounted here in BBTK, the fact is that I’m American.  Even my straight-off-the-boat parents became American over time.  I don’t mean by becoming citizens, although they both did that.  I mean that they became American slowly, over time and experience, the change not discernible while it was happening, but […]

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When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Limoncello

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Limoncello

I was lucky enough to grow up with some amazing culinary traditions.  When I was a kid we made homemade pasta, jarred tomatoes, pickled vegetables, made fresh sausage  and we even tried our hand at homemade wine.   We did these things with our aunts and uncles and cousins and had such great fun while creating some […]

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It's July 4th already?

It’s July 4th already?

If you read Holiday Cheer, you probably have a pretty good idea of how summer holidays are done in my family.  And if you’ve ever lived in a New York City apartment, you’re familiar with the lack of picnic table space on the average fire escape.  These two factors do very little to prepare me […]

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Favorite Things

Favorite Things

It was supposed to snow in NY and PA that weekend so I reasoned that I had a million things to do at work the next week and couldn’t possibly afford to get stuck out of town.  So against my better judgment, we decided not to make the trip to Philly. Feeling guilty for not […]

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