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Oslo! 
 
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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richmaguni

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

Member Since
Apr. 2012

Cooking Level
Intermediate

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

Hobbies
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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