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Dancing Tomatoes

A Pizza Lesson with Award Winning Pizzaiolo, in Naples

pizza, basil, mozzarella, san marzano, tomatoes, dough

Of course there is nothing new under the sun. Flatbreads have been baked from India to the Middle East and beyond  in every shape and kind of wood-burning oven, truly since time immemorial.  It is thanks to the Neopolitans, however,  that it has been transformed into one of the world’s favorite dish. Go to Video …

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The Perfect Stuffed Zucchini Blossom

zucchini blossom, garlic, ricotta

Go to Recipe Go to Video I spent two years researching the ITALIAN FARMHOUSE cookbook, visiting farms, growers, restaurants in rural areas, and in some areas no so rural.  I began with a basic knowledge of Italian food and a certain skepticism due to my French culinary training and finished the book with utmost respect.  …

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French Pomp and Ceremony, and Oh The Lettuce!

lettuces

I watched the spectacular Bastille Day parade on the Champs Elysées (from the comfort of a big, cool home in Normandy), for the very first time this year, and was entranced.  I grew up on military bases and am no stranger to brassy uniforms, fighter planes, salutes, and elegantly proud looks.  But as in so …

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You Can take the cook out of America, but can you take america out of the cook?

apricots, apricot cupcakes, cream cheese frosting

You can take the cook out of America, but no, you cannot take America out of the cook, I think each time I make a cake like this one.  It is SO American!  Not at all French!!  Not that I don’t love all those creamy, swirly, crispy, yummy French confections like Napoleons, and Paris Brest, …

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The Very Best And Butteriest Sand Cookie

buttery sand cookies

I admit to being a Normandy chauviniste which means that when something is delicious in Normandy, it is the most delicious in the world. The Best Sablé in Normandy While doing research in Normandy, I discovered the very best, most tender sablés in a patisserie in a small town called Caumont l’Eventé.  It was by …

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