Cucina Fresca


When it comes to the temperature of what they eat, Americans like their hot food hot and cold food cold. But Italians aren’t so fussy. No one beats the Italians for putting out an endless variety of tantalizing dishes that achieve their ultimate intensity of flavor at room temperature Italians …

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An Early Thanksgiving Dinner


I think I may have mentioned a few dozen times that Thanksgiving dinner is my favorite meal to cook. It’s the ultimate comfort meal but still allows a great deal of creativity. Since my wife and I have no children and our siblings all live hundreds of miles away, gathering …

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A Dickens Christmas Dinner

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Charles Dickens is often given credit for transforming Christmas into a day of celebration centered on the family, especially Christmas dinner. “Dickens remembered the dinner he had with his grandparents, a dinner that had fallen out of favor in recent years,” says Alice Ross, food historian and author of “A …

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My Thanksgiving Menu, 2010

Hors d’Oeurves (brought by a guest) J Cuvee 20 Brut NV (Sonoma, California) J Brut Rose NV Wild Mushroom Soup with Madeira Naturally Raised Lancaster County Turkey, Spanek Roasted, with Sweet and Sour Pomegranate Sauce Sides Southwestern Cornbread Stuffing Mashed Root Vegetable Casserole with Caramelized Onions Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts …

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