Espresso Machines: Espresso Changeo

Home espresso machines are sort of like personal computers. Just when you get comfortable with one, another model comes out. Then another. And another. Pretty soon you’re feeling like an espresso machine Luddite. So, should you get the new Starbucks Sirena. Or the equally new Nespresso Lattissima? Or should you …

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The Wines of Calabria: Southern Italy is Hot, in More Ways than One

While most Italian-Americans (like me) trace their roots to Southern Italy, much of what Americans know about Italian wine and food comes from Central and Northern Italy (Tuscany, for example). That’s changing. In September, I visited Calabria, the toe of Italy’s boot, with journalists and food and wine buyers as …

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Beefing up Quick Meals

Ground beef is one of the most versatile meats for quick meals that can satisfy almost any family member. A kid’s favorite is the sloppy Joe, ground beef sauteed with onions, and green peppers, then mixed with ketchup, chili sauce or better yet, canned tomato sauce or stewed tomatoes. Jazz …

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Triple Cream Cheeses: Triple Play

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve written about American food products catching up to (and sometimes surpassing) the benchmarks from Europe. The most recent American big dog is triple-cream cheeses, which is a group as rich and decadent as it sounds. It comes as no surprise that …

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