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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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sunbathing in the morning on linen (from La FABBRICA del LINO) A recent morning at the beginning of a pasta making session, the gnocchi board on my table gently tugged at my sleeve to remind me of its presence. I picked it up and put it in front of me on the kneading board, then started to play with other tools and the semolina dough I had prepared. As in the making of garganelli, I used a thin dowel as mini rolling pin to obtain the shape I called mezzi tubi rigati. This short video shows my hands at work: As... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at briciole
A me piace molto, Lucia: ha un sapore delicato ed e' dolce senza essere pesante.
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Thank you Lynne. The tart has become part of my dessert repertoire. I almost didn't try to view the image in sepia, but I am glad I did. I was pleasantly surprised how nice it looked. Glad you like the linens: they are an example of made in Italy at its best.
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Grazie.
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Thank you, Alicia. Glad you like my creations :) Thank you, Rachel.
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It does, Frank ;) The protagonist is not a hero and that is a challenge for the writer and the reader. He is a nice guy engaged in doing something he knows people don't want. I feel that in many ways the landscape is the true protagonist of the story, shaping people's lives.
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I agree, Ivy. That's one of my favorite beaches in the world.
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stones, shells and paper on linen (from La FABBRICA del LINO) The New Year lies just ahead, inviting and insidious. It will bring us an assortment of joys or sorrows punctuating a sequence of blessedly uneventful days, which we will fill with the wonder of being alive. L'anno nuovo si avvicina rapidamente, invitante ed insidioso. Ci porterà un assortimento di gioie e dolori che punteggeranno una serie di giorni benedettamente ordinari, che riempiremo del nostro stupore per la vita. An afternoon walk on a favorite beach On a recent afternoon, I went for a walk on a favorite beach and collected... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at briciole
You are welcome, Amy. It tastes delicious too :) Let yourself be tempted, Deb. It's really an interesting flavor. I am glad you enjoyed the book. It was, as always, a pleasure to host.
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It was indeed very nice, Paz.
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You are welcome, Paz.
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Thank you, Elizabeth. I got so excited about the photo I didn't read the caption properly. I do hope you will make something this year as well and I am sure it will be beautiful.
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Thank you, Joanne. I wish it were possible to offer you one through the screen, Debra. You are welcome.
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Thank you, Elizabeth. The delicacy of flavor was one thing that surprised me. Thank you, Wendy and you are welcome :)
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Grazie Marco. Thanks, Kalinda. I couldn't get this out of my mind until I tried it.
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Thank you, Elizabeth: I hope you get to try persimmons. It's a lovely fruit. The tree is also beautiful, when carrying the brightly colored fruit. It's my pleasure to participate.
Toggle Commented Dec 3, 2014 on scone ai cachi / persimmon scones at briciole
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Hi Alicia: totally. It's one of those recipes that you look at it and you think that it won't work, but it does and beautifully. Thank you, Rachel. You could try to make it with a gluten-free crust, since the filling already is. In this recent recipe for peach tart, I made a crust that was almost gluten free. My goal is to get to a totally GF crust and I hope I'll have time to experiment soon.
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Grazie Lucia. Anche io ero molto perplessa, ma poi mi sono dovuta piacevolmente ricredere. Non ho fatto in tempo a mettere la traduzione in italiano, ma spero di farcela, cosi' poi il procedimento e' chiaro. Grazie per la domanda: no, il sidro di mele e' una bevanda alcoolica, mentre l'aceto di sidro di mele (o aceto di mele) e' proprio un aceto e dovresti riuscire a trovarlo nel reparto condimenti del supermercato. E' un aceto delicato e aromatico.
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Italianized vinegar pie on Italian linen (from La FABBRICA del LINO) Bob Dollar, the protagonist of That Old Ace in the Hole by Annie Proulx, which is the current selection of our Cook the Books Club, is a shy man confused about his place in the world, who finds himself transplanted in the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, a place full of interesting characters and rich in local customs and stories, a sliver of America in space and time. The states of Texas and Oklahoma stacked like dirty pots in the sink, their handles touching. The same obelisks of sunlight fell on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at briciole
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I hope to see yours and other people's post in my little Handmade Holiday collection: so many great ideas for the Holidays!
Nice!
Toggle Commented Nov 30, 2014 on Harvest Chicken #WeekdaySupper at Delaware Girl Eats
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[cliccare il link per andare alla versione in italiano] homemade focaccia and cheese on Hawaiian board on Italian linen (from La FABBRICA del LINO) In the fall, I hoard pumpkins and winter squashes: they keep well and are a source of nourishment and inspiration for months. One specimen, once roasted, yielded enough pulp for several dampers (Australian bread) and focacce (Italian plural of focaccia). I got the general idea from this recipe, then mostly followed my taste and my recent recipe for pear and rosemary focaccia. The pumpkin (zucca) gives the focaccia a nice golden color, the cheese offsets the pumpkin's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at briciole
Thank you, Natalia. And thanks for stopping by. I didn't see any Holiday-related post yet on your blog. I hope they are upcoming.
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I agree with you that the vaporetto trip to Burano and Torcello is a lovely experience. We got off on Mazzorbo and walked over the bridge to Burano, whose colorful houses are a feast for the eyes, especially on a sunny day.
Toggle Commented Nov 27, 2014 on Venice: Ocean's Child at Molly Hashimoto
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[cliccare il link per andare alla versione in italiano] I made it last year at a wreath-making party Here are three proposals to counteract the consumeristic Holiday drumroll that has started weeks ago: make [some of] your gifts or cards by hand purchase [some of] gifts or cards handmade by an artist, possibly local to you contribute to a handmade project on a crowdfunding site as a gift to someone (who will then receive the gift attached to your contribution) I hope you will join the party by doing any or all of the things I listed above and also sharing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at briciole