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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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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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SQUASH, LEEKS, PECANS….WHO COULD ASK FOR MORE? AND, IT’S SIMPLE!

butternut, squash, pecans, leeks

Go to Recipe Go to Video As the holidays approach, with the speed of light, I’m thinking about meals, of course.  What else is there to think about? Run – Don’t Walk – to See Our Class Offerings! I know, world affairs, those ships clogged up in the LA harbor (why doesn’t someone just send …

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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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You’ve Never Had Pizza Like This

pizza and leftovers

Go to Recipe Go to Video When I traveled through Italy working on ITALIAN FARMHOUSE, I was constantly exposed to the impossible.  Or better said, the improbable.  One incident I will always remember was the first time I was served pizza covered with thin slices of potato that had been tossed in cream and baked …

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