Author Archives: cuocaciccia

Multigrain Barley Flour Scones with Jam

All summer Bob Marley has been singing to me. “Jammin, jammin, jammin.” First it was (the first batch of) strawberry jam. “Yea, I hope dis jammin’ gonna last.” I made lemon verbena-strawberry preserves, lavender-strawberry preserves, and just plain strawberry, but … Continue reading

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S’mores in Black and White: Homemade Marshmallows & Dark Chocolate Graham Crackers

S’mores are one of those all-American foods that people outside of the United States, for the most part, do not understand. Beginning with the “jet-puffed” marshmallows, moving onto the dry cookie “graham cracker,” and finishing with a slab of gritty, … Continue reading

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Agnolotti al Plin–Piemontesi filled pasta from zia Alida

Is there anyone out there who is adamantly anti-pasta? That is what I thought. Pasta is the big unifier, spanning cultures, inciting pasta making parties, and is infinitely adaptable and flexible. If you have a few more guests than you … Continue reading

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Borlotti Bean Corn Salad and a Pluot-Almond Cake

Even a decade ago, the year I studied in the city of Bologna, Italy, I fanatically sought out unknown fruits and vegetables. For a nineteen-year old Americana, porcini mushrooms and white truffles were a sight to see in the fall. … Continue reading

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Every Day Multigrain Whole Wheat Bread

Do you love whole wheat, multigrain bread like my family does? Would you like to make a loaf so tender with such a luscious crumb that the only thing limiting your perfect slice is a well-sharpened knife? I make a … Continue reading

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Roasted Figs with Prosciutto, Gorgonzola, and Walnuts with a Mache-Wild Arugula Salad

Folks, I believe that, at some point in the months since I began this site, I declared my fervency for vegetables, fruits, and all things sweet. Despite my realization tonight that this is my first post that includes some sort … Continue reading

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Panzanella with Roasted Red Peppers & Grilled Eggplant with Basil-Garlic Yogurt Sauce

Between our garden, my Mystery Box from Mariquita Farm, and my inevitable (and beloved) trips to the farmer’s market, I had more vegetables than I knew what to do with this past week. Among them were some red bell peppers, … Continue reading

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Sheep’s Milk Yogurt with Almond-Pistachio Olive Oil Granola

When I first moved to San Francisco, I lived in a very fun, tasty neighborhood about a block away from the corner of Haight and Ashbury nearby one of the San Francisco Boulangerie bakeries. I would always order some sort … Continue reading

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The Secret to Bright Green Italian Basil Pesto

  Pesto? Come on, you are thinking, everyone knows how to make pesto. Yes. I know. It was one of the first dishes I ever tried to make (aside from a botched 6-year-old effort at vegetable soup with water and … Continue reading

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The Wedding Cookie Tower

A few months back I mentioned a type of cantucci (“biscotti” here in the U.S.) that I crafted for my sister’s wedding cookie cake. This being my first time actually constructing the cookie tower, I had no idea what quantity … Continue reading

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