chicken escarole soup with egg & pasta

Stracciatella alla romana is the egg drop soup of Italian cooking. It typically starts with a rich chicken broth, into which a beaten mixture of whole eggs and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano is streamed in to form tiny, light, and flavorful clouds. The texture and flavor of that soup is wonderful. So wonderful that it inspired me

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gluten-free (or-not) authentic eggplant parmesan

Parmigiana di Melanzane. A truly classic Italian dish that seems to have originated in Naples in the early 1800’s. This version is authentic but not typical. After all, this one is gluten-free. And still totally delicious. That’s not to say it must be gluten-free …a quick switch of flour will give you the freedom to choose.

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einkorn flour cookies with olive oil & wine

These not-too-sweet cookies remind me of taralli, those wonderful Italian bagel-shaped dough rings. Traditionally, when making taralli the formed dough is first boiled then baked. That process makes them crispy and shiny. For now, we’ll stick with just baking these treats. The dough is a bit different since we are using Einkorn flour made from

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make-ahead roast beef roll-ups with horseradish spread

I’m always looking for ideas for tasty foods that can be put together in advance. This is just one of those. The prepared wraps can be stored in the refrigerator for several days before slicing and serving. And, get this …they can be frozen! C’mon, folks. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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authentic whole-grain mustard

Who would ever think that making your own mustard is easy? We’re not talking about any old mustard here. This one is full of flavor and texture. And you can totally customize it to suit your family’s preferences.

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julia’s walnut cake with french butter icing

This cake. Julia’s Walnut Cake with French Butter Icing. It is probably the most requested cake in the history of my family. I do not say that lightly. It’s the one that would be devoured at countless celebrations. The tale of my history with this recipe is a bit long but definitely worth telling.

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white beans with broccoli rabe & lemon

Looking for a side dish? One that is easy, delicious & healthy? I’ve got one right here for you. It can be ready in just thirty minutes. You can serve it with chicken or pork or fish. Just about anything. Actually, it’s pretty darn good all by itself.

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vegetarian mushroom herb gravy

This Vegetarian Mushroom Herb Gravy. It is so creamy and flavorful that everyone at the table will give it rave reviews. The vegetarians. The carnivores. Even the gluten-free folks. It’s that good. Really.

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