Lamb Stew With Cannellini Beans

They say that everyone leaves a digital footprint. Not so. A few years ago I posted my Lamb Stew with Cannellini beans (Stufato di agnello con fagioli canellini) recipe. But with changes to both my blog and website over the years, it got lost. Gone. Disappeared. Along with a several others of my favorite recipes. When the web person explained to me what happened, I nodded my head. And then instead of crying, which is exactly what I felt like […]

Prune Cake

Prune Cake {Torta alla Prugne}

I remember as a kid, my grandmother always had prune juice in the fridge. So throughout my life, I always associated prune juice with old people. And also for… you know…when you need a little extra help. In 2001, the California Prune Board pressured the Food and Drug Administration to change the name of prunes to the more pleasant sounding dried plums. (Prune juice is still called prune juice because, well…dried plum juice?) For some of us, a prune is […]


FICO Eataly World

  FICO Eataly World, the big daddy of Italian food and drink is set to open in Bologna.  FICO short for Fabbrica Italiana Contadina and Eataly will be the largest Italian marketplace and agri-food park in the world. “FICO-Italy for the world to see” is their tagline. Opening day is November 15th and I was lucky to have a private pre-opening tour. Situated on almost 25 acres outside the city center of Bologna, FICO is a world unto itself. It’s an […]