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First steps 
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, where I will be learning about my favorite southern Italian foods.

In the meanwhile, Allrecipes was kind enough to invite me to their offices in Seattle, where we were given training on topics like how to convince people to share their original recipes and how to take appealing photographs of food. We were also treated to several delicious meals while in the care of Allrecipes, no surprise there.

So, with all this preparation under my belt I'm looking forward to Italy. Until I leave, though, I'll be getting my last few tastes of chinese, mexican, and all the other cuisines I'll be leaving behind for the next few months!
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Jun. 20, 2012 2:56 pm
oh how blessed you are. My family is from Naples. I have been lucky enought to find them still on my grandmother's land in house. I visited and it was heaven. I can't wait to hear your tales. Remember the old saying about the Napolitons "They can steal your socks without taking off your shoes" I can tell this,but God help you if you are not from Naples and you do so. Ciao
Jun. 20, 2012 5:35 pm
I love Italian food, looking foreward to your findings. Lotsa luck.
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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.
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Spanakopita Balsamic pork chops Hanger steak Moroccan food Red velvet cake (or cupcakes) All sorts of curries Ma po tofu Saltimbocca alla romana
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Risotto, tortellini, Christmas cookies, hams from Amish country in the fall.
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A huge Chinese banquet of a dozen dishes. I learned to make everything on the spot from my much more experienced Chinese friend.
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Burning a whole lot of Hazelnuts while trying to turn them into some kind of cookie dough/paste
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