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Nonno’s Spaghettone with Simple San Marzano Sauce

Before our recent trip to Naples, I lined up a restaurant kitchen so that Sami and I could film a video for you.  I had vague ideas for subjects but knew that once there I’d find something specific.  It turned out even better than that. Go to Video Villa del Carmelo Some background.  We were …

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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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To eat the omelet, or not to eat the omelet

Who was the daring chef to make the very first omelet and defy all manner of French economical thinking?  She or he was a courageous being, for anyone who knows the French knows they are thrifty and clever in all ways.  Which means that to make an omelet meant breaking many eggs and those eggs …

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The Hamburger – From the U.S. to France

Susan Herrmann Loomis in a kitchen with a hamburger on the table

Go to Video The humble hamburger has never really been humble.  It started life as a delicacy, and it has a history which originated with  – yes, you guessed it – Hamburg, Germany. Hamburg, of Course! In the mid 19th century, a revolution in Germany resulted in an increase in German immigrants to the U.S. …

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Pork with Piment d’Espelette – OUR GIVEAWAY

PORK, pork chop, piment d'Espelette, creme fraiche, shallots, French

Go to Recipe Go to Video French pork is legendary.  And the French enjoyment and dependence upon it is even more so.  La Charcuterie There are shops dedicated entirely to pork and its multitude of products, the charcuterie.  There are dishes ad infinitum based on pork in the French culinary repertoire.  And the French use …

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Soft Boiled Egg – Breakfast For Dinner

soft boiled egg

Go to Recipe Go to Video That’s what a little American girl said when she was visiting and I served soft boiled eggs with toasty, buttered “mouillettes” for dinner.  She was beside herself with joy to dip toast into her soft yolk over and over. “We only eat eggs for breakfast,” she said, her mouth …

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Citron Caviar – Finger Lime

Citron Caviar - finger caviar

Go to Video The first time I tasted citron caviar it was as if the sparkling Eiffel Tower was inside my mouth.  There was everything – the excitement of zingie tartness, the teeny sounds – or feelings? – of explosions as each little caviar-like ball popped to release its liquid., the bright acid that softened …

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