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Simona Carini
Northern California
An Italian transplanted in California
Interests: creative cooking, cheese making, bread baking, food writing, blogging, book and box making, kayaking, photography, classical music You can contact me at simosite [AT] mac [DOT] com
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Thank you so much for your kind words, Anna. I have thought about gathering some of my recipes in book format a few times, but have not gone much further than that in terms of planning. I have some ideas that need to ferment a bit longer :) Grazie, Frank, sei molto gentile. And I am not planning to stop any time soon :)
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Thank you, Ivy. It takes a little practice, but it is rewarding. Grazie a te, Ric, for the kind words. The immediate answer would be that my mother always did it :) The idea is to cool the water somewhat and stop the cooking.
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[cliccare il link per andare alla versione in italiano] pretty pasta posing for the camera A fresh batch of pasta dough on the kneading board, a bamboo sushi rolling mat, a few thin bamboo skewers, dowels of various diameter and... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at briciole
Thank you, Molly. I am intrigued by objects found on the beach, in particular those that are part of creatures living nearby, like lobsters and conch shells.
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on intermezzo at briciole
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Spero che l'esperienza col lievito madre finora sia andata bene, Terry. Questo pane o la versione con noci e uvetta te lo raccomando: e' davvero buono.
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I like the print with the owl too.
Toggle Commented Aug 17, 2014 on New Notecards from Pomegranate at Molly Hashimoto
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Thank you, Alicia. I had not thought about it before, but having so much roasted corn inspired me. Next I will try adding them to focaccia. Ciao Sandra. Di fatto la tua ricetta e' molto americana ;) E' che a me piacciono piu' le verdure al forno e quindi ho preso l'abitudine ad arrostire anche le pannocchie. Poi una volta che ho i chicchi pronti mi metto a pensare...
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Thank you, Susan.
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Thank you, Kalinda. It is :) Grazie, Lucia.
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simple, flavorful fare If you drive by a farm stand called The Corn Crib, you must stop and buy four ears of freshly harvested corn, right? And if a couple of hours later you open your CSA box and find... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at briciole
Hi Sally. The seaside photographs were all taken on Little Cayman, the smallest of the Cayman Islands. To be precise, all within a few meters of our beachside room. Before Little Cayman, we visited family in Atlanta, where I took the photo of the kitchen sign.
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2014 on intermezzo at briciole
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Hi Claudia. You can consider yourself to be a special guest, can't you? ;) Once you have the ingredients, it is not time-consuming to make and you'll taste the difference.
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composition on the beach / composizione sulla spiaggia There comes a time when mind needs some rest from the thoughts that occupy it daily and the body can use a change of air. The answer is called vacation and that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at briciole
Glad you like it, Ivy. It is nicely done. Thank you, Debra. Glad you find the image evocative.
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I have never seen fireflies in California. With cicadas and crickets, they mean summer to me: long, warm summer evenings. I don't remember ever trying to trap them, though. I am glad you released them when you got tired ;) Congratulations on your bountiful zucchini harvest.
Thank you, Debra. I also cannot imagine him as a screamer. I recommend the tapenade.
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Grazie, Terry. Se ti piacciono le olive, te la raccomando. Thanks, Wendy! I agree, Tina, the book is quite inspiring. I warmly recommend the tapenade.
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Indeed, Paz. I will try to use it again to make pasta.
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Thank you, Paz. It pretty much takes care of itself, fortunately, as I am not that dedicated as a gardner. Harvesting it is quite satisfactory.
Toggle Commented Jul 30, 2014 on cesto d'aglio / basket of garlic at briciole
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Indeed, Paz. Thanks: that's one of my all-time favorite breads. It's fun to make and a great pleasure to eat.
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Thank you for your kind words, Aparna. I don't know for sure, Susan, but I suspect the name has to do with the area being dairy country. There is another Bovine Bakery, in Point Reyes Station, an area also rich in dairy farms — and cheese making. Thank you, Paz.
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Grazie, Sandra. Se mi avessero detto qualche anno fa che sarei diventata un'appassionata di pasta fatta in casa avrei risposto con un'enorme dose di incredulita' e invece, eccomi qui, appena posso con le mani in pasta. Chissa' dove saro' tra qualche anno.
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Thank you, Rachel.
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Confesso che mi sarei portata via diverse cose da quella cucina se avessi potuto, Sandra.
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Thank you Deb. I would give orange mint another try. Keep it in a pot to prevent it from wandering too far: it has a tendency to do that. And if you like olives, give the tapenade a try: it has a surprising flavor. Thanks for choosing the interesting book.
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