Fried Chicken in the Kitchen

The great poet Maya Angelou once said, “The best comfort food will always be greens, cornbread and fried chicken” and I must say that I’m inclined to agree, particularly after being part of an informative and interactive culinary workshop series presented by Canola Eat Well. I had the pleasure of taking part in one of…

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Must-Have Mastazzoli

If you’ve ever visited a fair or festival in Italy you have likely seen city squares crowded with banchini (booths) with vendors selling their wares or religious articles, souvenirs and regional fare.  Among them you will typically find mastazzolari selling celebratory confections known as mastazzoli (image from www.italyspecials.com) Mastazzoli, typical of Soriano Calabro (a town…

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Paris and My Palette

Paris, known as the City of Love for many reasons; its native tongue, its historic beauty, and its natural disposition to romance.  This beautiful French capital captured my heart, via my stomach, making me fall in love gastronomically. In one delectable week my taste buds (and those of one of my best friends) learned a…

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A Love Affair with Château Magnol: the Heart of Barton & Guestier

The great Ernest Hemingway once said “Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.”  The true evidence…

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