Apple Rose: A Recipe of Love, Forgiveness, Second Chances, and Apples

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The two of them hadn’t talked in a long time, and Tierney had almost forgotten the sound of her grandmother’s voice — the accent, the tone, and how she used to move her hands toward the end of every sentence, almost as to invite the dialogue. Many were the things about her grandmother that had slipped away from her memory, but not her smile, her wit, and how perfect she […]

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Oat Cookies with Rosemary and Lavender: The Perfect Sunday Sweet

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I  am still recovering from a bad cold, and from my jet lag, so today I enjoyed a slow and lazy Sunday: I slept in, I read on the couch, cuddled by a warm blanket, I listened to Stevie Nicks, harvested aromatic herbs for freezing, and yes, I also baked cookies. My mom had made these little oat pastries for me and Ben when we were in Italy, and I […]

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Home Is Wherever We Feel At Home

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I am always ambivalent about going back to Italy, where I was born and raised. And now that these three weeks of Italian Christmas vacation have come to an end, it’s time to look back and sum up all that has happened.  First of all, Pilaz, a little mountain town in the Aosta Valley that I also call ‘my little heaven on earth’, and where I spent some of the […]

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Thanksgiving, Leonard Cohen Passing, and Donald Trump Winning.

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  Thanksgiving, Leonard Cohen Passing, and Donald Trump Winning: Gratitude anyone? Every day I cook at home, and every day I write about food, about healing the soul with it, about the importance of home cooking. Every night, before going to bed, I also write a gratitude list. Many are the things I am grateful for in life, and I can easily list them on paper, even when the day […]

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