30-Day Home Baking Challenge: How Food Can Change Your Life

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The magic of home baking at your fingertips… As some of you you know, Ben and I have recently spent some time in Italy, and just as I had imagined, during our stay we got to eat delicious food. We had lots of cheese, pizza, and pasta, of course; bread, crackers and grissini were always on the table. We never ate meat, but plenty of fresh vegetables, and some fish. “I’ll go back […]

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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 Lavender Flowers: 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


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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