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La Vigilia and Crab Cioppino

The Feast of the Seven Fish… Christmas Eve was once a day of abstinence in the Catholic Church – no meat – and  La Vigilia as it is referred to in Southern Italy – came into being early on. Far from being a day of fasting, it is a da...

Pane all’Olio

This is an adaption of Pane all’Olio from Carol Field’s The Italian Baker. I have used and abused this book for 30 years and love every recipe and page! I made this bread for our Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes in 2015. It’s excellent...

Christmas Cookies 2015

  It’s beginning to look a lot like Diabetic Coma… That means it’s the Annua...

Starting the Christmas Cookies

Oh the weather outside is delightful… It’s 72° today in beautiful, sunny Pennsylvania. ...

Billowing Clouds of Smoke

I did it, again! There’s just nothing like filling up a kitchen with billowing clouds of smok...

Lentil Soup

As much as I want it to be, it’s not snowing. I know, I know… snow is a hassle and it ma...

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Hi there!  My name is  Tim and this is what I do in my spare time.  It’s mostly me talking...