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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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I like the idea of making individual portions and of using what's in the crisper (I just did something similar myself to make a savory tart). I can see them showing up at a picnic or potluck as well :)
Toggle Commented Jun 14, 2017 on Rice cakes -Torta di Riso at Delaware Girl Eats
I bought one bunch at the farmers' market yesterday afternoon and the young woman told me this is the last week for asparagus. I bought another bunch :)
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Thanks Cathy! We still have asparagus here so I keep eating them :)
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I am hosting another edition of Novel Food, the culinary/literary event with a long history, going back to the fall of 2007. I have a deep attachment to Novel Food: I read a lot and cook a lot and although many things in my life have changed in the years since, those two pillars still stand. So, here I am announcing another edition of Novel Food, a little voyage of literary discovery and also a delightful banquet made up of the literary-inspired dishes contributed by the event's participants. I hope you will join the party. I am looking forward to learning... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at briciole
Thank you, Claudia. That's the nice thing about reading clubs: it nudges us to go where we would't go by ourselves with reading choices. And it is good to think about why a certain narrative does not "work" for us. I find that it usually makes me discover something about myself :)
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Congratulations, Molly! The book looks gorgeous. Do you have a more precise date of release?
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I hope you'll like it, Sally. Enjoy asparagus as long as they are available :)
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Thank you, Deb. It's always a pleasure to contribute :)
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an ode to leftovers (avanzi) The current selection of our Cook the Books Club, the autobiography Life from Scratch by Sasha Martin1, got me thinking about writing about tragedy in one's life, about people that hurt you and about cliché. Sometimes I am told that a certain image or expression is cliché and I realize that my lack of awareness is due to the fact that I did not grow up in the US. On the other hand, I may consider a certain image or expression cliché because I read more than the average person, especially more about food. Beyond my... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at briciole
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Thank you, Elen :)
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When I deplete my stash of Za'atar I will also try to make it at home.
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Thank you for your comment, Sabine. I love the video of Signora Stella. However, I think we should not let her skill intimidate us. I assume she started as a child and made mistakes before mastering such skill so we should allow ourselves to do the same. The trick is to enjoy the process without worrying too much about a perfect product. After all, even a bit misshapen, the orecchiette are still edible :)
Toggle Commented Apr 14, 2017 on orecchiette (strascnat, handmade pasta) at briciole
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I recommend it wholeheartedly, Frank!
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Glad to read they would, Amy. Thanks!
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Don't worry, Phil, the next edition of Novel Food will be announced before you know it ;) I love scones too!
Toggle Commented Apr 6, 2017 on Novel Food #29: the finale at briciole
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You're welcome, Wendy :)
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Glad you liked my post, Debra. I try not to sound sentimental. On the other hand, I like to write what I remember so I don't lose track.
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Welcome to the roundup of the 29th edition of Novel Food, the literary/culinary event that Lisa of Champaign Taste and I created in 2007 and that I continue to host with great pleasure, as it brings together two of my passions: literature and food. Novel Food is about literary works (prose or poetry) that inspire the preparation of dishes. Below I present a set of lovely posts, each describing a literary work that the blogger read and the dish that the reading inspired. Please, follow me on a short literary/culinary tour. For each contribution, I will offer a small bite to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at briciole
Great choice of recipe. I am sure Edward would like a bowl of your soup. I love roasted carrots: their flavor deepens in the oven. Thank you for contributing to Novel Foods!
Toggle Commented Mar 28, 2017 on Roasted Carrot Soup at Delaware Girl Eats
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[cliccare il link per andare alla versione in italiano] it looks plain, it tastes deep When I walk or ride my bike around Berkeley, I stop at some of the Little Free Libraries on my way. In one of them I found The Cost of Living: Early and Uncollected Stories1 by Mavis Gallant2. I didn't know the author, but the blurb on the back cover made me curious, so I put the book in my backpack. The short stories have a common characteristic: tension, sometimes quite high, runs just under the surface and reveals itself in geysers of emotion. I enjoyed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at briciole
Thank you so much, Deb!
Toggle Commented Mar 21, 2017 on Announcing: Novel Food #29 at briciole
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It sounds like you had fun turning the handle but not much pleasure in eating the product to which you contributed, Phil. Maybe making your own version may help? Since my mother was rather territorial in her kitchen, I am fascinated by a number of kitchen items besides the meat grinder, like the egg slicer and the mezzaluna. I like that I don't take them for granted.
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Thank you so much, Tina!
Toggle Commented Mar 13, 2017 on Announcing: Novel Food #29 at briciole
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