Fall is for Chestnuts…Vellutata Di Castagne

This recipe was inspired by a trip to the market where on display they had a barrel full of Italian chestnuts, le castagne. Chestnuts and hazelnuts are two of the main species of trees that grows in the mountain surrounding my hometown in Italy. In the cold nights of fall and winter, il carretto delle caldarroste, …

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The Recipe of the Neapolitan Ragu` . . . Dedicated to my Father.

Today is Father's Day in USA and although in Italy we celebrate this holiday on March 19th, it feels appropriate to dedicate this post to my father. It was June 5, 1998, it was a sunny afternoon and I was sitting on the sideline of the soccer field where my children were training. Unexpectedly, I saw my …

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A place of my childhood . . . Paestum

Paestum is an ancient Graeco-Roman city in the Italian Region of Campania. It is located in the Cilento and Valle di Diano National Park, near the Tyrrhenean sea. Paestum was founded in 600 B.C. by Greek colonists and its original name was Poseidonia in honor of the Greek's Sea God, Poseidon. In 273 B.C. the Romans …

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