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Podcast: Matzah, pizza rustica and coconut cake

In this week’s podcast, Domenica Marchetti and Peter Ogburn discuss symbolic foods of the season; namely, Passover matzah and Italian Easter pie (pizza rustica). Turns out there’s matzah and then there’s Vermatzah, small-batch, whole-grain artisan matzah from a bakery in Vermont. Pizza rustica, on the other hand, is about as far from matzah as you …

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Potluck: Pit beef, apricots & other tasty links

Do the words ‘beef barbecue’ conjure images of long-tended fires and meltingly tender slices and chunks of brisket? Not in Baltimore, where pit beef, like Charm City itself, is a little…different. In Nebraska, where grain-fed beef reigns, Prescott Frost, a great-grandson of poet Robert Frost, is on an uncommon quest to breed a better grass-fed …

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Community Kitchen: Nana’s clams casino

On Sunday afternoons in the late 1970s, our whole clan—aunts, uncles, cousins, my parents, siblings and I—would gather for family dinner at my Nana’s restaurant in Johnston, R.I. We’d always be seated to the left of the hostess stand in the dining room, a large room with brick walls, where even at midday, the lighting was dim. …

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Cookie contest: the envelope, please

    Our thanks to all of you who took the time to write and submit your cookies with a story. Your stories tugged at our heartstrings and made us smile. Your recipes made us drool. In the end, it was Adri Barr Crocetti’s vivid recollection of her Nonna Angela Barra Crocetti and Nonna’s fried …

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Feast of the Seven Fishes: only in America

Ask Gabriella Marchetti about the Feast of the Seven Fishes and she’ll probably give you a look like you just served her a bad clam. My mother, who was born and raised in Italy’s Abruzzo region but has lived in the U.S. since the 1950s, has always maintained a distance between her own Italian culinary …

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