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Oct. 11, 2012 4:56 am 
Updated: Oct. 13, 2012 9:50 am
Before flying home to the US, I took a three day pit stop to couch surf in Oslo and attend a jazz concert. What I didn't know was my visit would coincide with one of Norway's largest food festivals. Since everything in Norway was insanely expensive and the festival had free samples, I spent a… MORE
Free pancake
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Sour apple juice
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Oct. 11, 2012 3:52 am 
Updated: Oct. 12, 2012 4:29 am
During my last week in Italy (back in September) I was busier than ever. In Venice I met with Gianni Bonaccorsi, chef-owner of my favorite restaurant in Venice, Il Ridotto, who generously agreed to give me the recipe for his pistachio "flan" cake. Rather than give me a written description, he… MORE
My favorite pasticceria in Venice, Pitteri. They make the best pizzette and pistachio cookies.
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Mixing in the pistachio flour with Gianni
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Borgo San Giuliano, Rimini
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The perfect simple pasta with tomatoes and basil
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Sep. 3, 2012 8:06 am 
Updated: Sep. 5, 2012 6:17 am
The heat in Venice broke this week, bringing the realization that the summer, and my travels in Italy, will soon be over. The silver lining is that the cold and rainy weekend was the perfect opportunity to try out some hearty fall recipes like risotto with butternut squash and rosemary and… MORE
In the bacino of San Marco
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Risotto with squash and rosemary
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Gondolini race
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Caorline race
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Aug. 27, 2012 9:40 am 
Updated: Aug. 28, 2012 6:00 am
For the next few weeks I'll be staying with my family in Venice, one of the most breathtaking cities I've ever been to. Besides the architecture and canals, I'm always amazed by the dramatic colors of the sky when the sun sets here. For example, the pictures below with the purple and golden… MORE
 
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Squid ink spaghetti with sea urchins and tomato
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Baby octopus
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Aug. 20, 2012 9:23 am 
For the week of Ferragosto, the main summer holiday in Italy, I found myself in Reggio Calabria, at the toe of the boot and directly across the straits of Messina from Sicily.  One of the foods Calabria is famous for is peperoncino, spicy red peppers. As a fan of spicy food this was great news… MORE
Straits of Messina and Sicily
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Kitchenware in Reggio Calabria's open market
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Peperoncino
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Chef Rocco
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Aug. 15, 2012 7:21 am 
Updated: Aug. 16, 2012 4:55 pm
My last few days in Basilicata were full of exciting food. Over the weekend, my friend Stefania took me to dinner at an equineria in the small town of Bernalda, An equineria is a butcher’s shop that specializes in horse meat. Most places in Italy will have at least one, but in Bernalda they… MORE
Carpaccio di cavallo
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At the equineria
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Matera
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Children at the Fattoria didattica
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Jul. 31, 2012 5:43 am 
I'm back with another update from Campania!Last week I was hosted by the Capo family in the small town of Paestum, home to a large archaeological site with the ruins of massive temples built by ancient Greek settlers.The Capo family has a wonderful garden in front of their house that the… MORE
Temple of Poseidon, Paestum
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Mrs. Capo showing us her garden
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Herbs from the garden
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Jul. 12, 2012 9:29 am 
Updated: Jul. 30, 2012 10:15 am
It’s my third day in Italy, so I’ve had some time now to readjust to the climate, language, and the Italian rhythms of life. After landing in Rome, I met up with my mother, who was renting a van to drive down to an archaeological site she’s working at in Metaponto, which is a town located in… MORE
Caciocavallo Silano
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Agropoli
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Pizza
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Making mozzarella di bufala
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Jun. 20, 2012 2:48 pm 
Updated: Jun. 20, 2012 5:35 pm
Hi, I'm Richard and this is my first blog post! This summer, Allrecipes is giving me the chance to return to Italy, my country of birth, to collect recipes and learn from Italian home cooks. My journey will begin in July, when I will fly to Rome and drive south into Campania and Calabria,… MORE
At Allrecipes in downtown Seattle
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richmaguni

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Hamilton, New York, USA
Living In
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Apr. 2012

Cooking Level
Intermediate

Cooking Interests
Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern

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Hiking/Camping, Boating, Biking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting

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About Me
I'm a recent graduate of Tufts University. I was born and raised in Italy by American parents (archaeologists). Living for many years in various other parts of the Mediterraneanas well, my family and I have become passionate fans of Italian, Greek, and Middle Eastern food. I also have a younger sister adopted from Chengdu, China, so I have developed an interest in Sichuanese cuisine, which is fortunate because I love spicy food.
My favorite things to cook
Spanakopita Balsamic pork chops Hanger steak Moroccan food Red velvet cake (or cupcakes) All sorts of curries Ma po tofu Saltimbocca alla romana
My favorite family cooking traditions
Risotto, tortellini, Christmas cookies, hams from Amish country in the fall.
My cooking triumphs
A huge Chinese banquet of a dozen dishes. I learned to make everything on the spot from my much more experienced Chinese friend.
My cooking tragedies
Burning a whole lot of Hazelnuts while trying to turn them into some kind of cookie dough/paste
 
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