Panettone Panini with Bauli Canada

Panettone, a classic confection of the Christmas season.  For those who may be unfamiliar with the sweet loaf, it is an Italian festive staple.  Hailing from the northern city of Milan, its name Panettone translates to “big bread”.  It is made of dough similar to sourdough that traditionally gets sweetened with candied orange peel, and…

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The Making of Marrons Glacés

Chestnuts rank highly among my favorite fall foods.  Their woodsy scent and earthy flavor immediately not only warm my taste buds, but my heart as well.  I have many fond memories associated with chestnuts, from taking in the wonders of Piazza Duomo with a warm little bag in my hands; to enjoying sweet chestnut cream…

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Preserving Memories is my Jam

To paraphrase the late Julia Child, people who love to eat and cook are always the best people.  More and more I find this to be true with some of the wonderful people I have made connections and formed bonds with.  This is particularly true in the case of my friend Joanna Sable. Hard to…

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Grape Conversations with Chef Aarón Sánchez

He’s best known as an award-winning chef, popular television personality, cookbook author, restaurateur, mentor and philanthropist. In addition to this, the tattoo covered, heat seeking co-star of Food Network’s Chopped is also a devoted father who is passionate about preserving and passing on his cultural legacy through food. Chef Aarón Sánchez firmly believes that by…

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Muffuletta: Quite a Mouthful

Summer may be winding down but there are still a few weeks left to enjoy seasonal activities like splashing around at the beach; seeking theme park thrills; foraging through woodlands; hiking or biking through beautiful trails; and grabbing a blanket and packing a picnic to enjoy at the park. Quintessential in my wicker basket is…

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Pounding Out The Pestobilities

A garden full of glorious greens inspires many delectable thoughts during summer months. Scallions and scapes sautéed as a savory bed for fried eggs; zucchini grated into summer’s favorite bread, spicy green chilies adding heat to a plate of pasta; and fragrant basil leaves pounded into pesto.  The recent bounty from our backyard garden prompted…

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The Fab Fava

Thanks to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations declaring 2016 as the International Year of Pulses, many leguminous crops are being highlighted for their nutritional benefits.  Among these, the side dish enjoyed by Hannibal Lecter in 1991’s “The Silence of the Lambs”, the fava bean. Fava beans, members of the pea family,…

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Firing Things Up with Chef Symon and Castello®

He’s an award winning Iron Chef; acclaimed restauranteur and cookbook author; co-host of ABC’s “The Chew” and everyone’s favorite carnivore hailing from Cleveland, Chef Michael Symon.  A well-seasoned chef, who makes no bones about his love of meat and a good barbeque. With grilling season in full swing this backyard chef was thrilled to fire…

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