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A trattoria to remember....

My uncle Luciano, may he rest in peace, used to run this place in the ’80s, a simple trattoria with frugal fare and local wines …. 268 more words


Cream of Broccoli Soup

To Know:

This ain’t your mama’s cream-of soup and it’s certainly not your chef’s. In fact it’s not technically a cream-of soup at all, because there is no dairy in it! 514 more words


Glover Gardens Radishes with Pesto-Butter and Coarse Sea Salt

Radishes have a nice, bitter bite and are a perfect quick appetizer when paired with butter and salt.  Supposedly it’s a French thing, but I first had this simple pleasure when visiting friends who hail from East Texas.   169 more words


Austin Farmers' Market Bounty: Locavore Luxury

Show me a farmers’ market and I’ll show you authentic growers and artisans and folks who care about what we put in our bodies and lovingly make foods and crafts by hand. 428 more words

Simple Pleasures

Pumpkin Soup

To Note:

This recipe has become one of my go-to favorites in the fall and winter, especially as the price of canned pumpkin drops around the holidays and I’ve loaded up the pantry. 265 more words


Zucchini Salad

Well gee, I didn’t know this was a thing.  Zucchini ribbons tossed with olive oil and other goodies, in a salad.  La Traviata in Austin, you taught me something. 89 more words

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