Kale Fatigue

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Apr 272016
 

All right, all right, I know it’s good for you, but meh!—or as candidate Barack Obama once said of his rival Hillary Clinton, “I like her well enough.”

Kale growing at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, New York. | Photo: Nathan Hoyt/Forktales 2016

Kale growing at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, New York. | Photo: Nathan Hoyt/Forktales 2016

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Mar 262016
 

A trip to Rome at this time of year is usually timed for a feast on the region’s spring vegetables that overflow in the market stalls and somehow seem to taste better in the Eternal City than they do anywhere else. But this year, I was in Rome on a mission to hear what the Italian government had to say about the state of the country’s olive oil production, whose reputation has been damaged by scandal after scandal in recent years—and the bad publicity just doesn’t seem to let up. Here’s my report from a high-powered conference called by government officials and the country’s consortium of […more…]

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The Olive Oil Scandals: Italy Fights Back
Feb 142016
 

What better to tell you about on Valentines Day than olive oil, dear reader? Oils from the new olive harvest hit the markets in the States at this time of year, but you’ll need some savvy to know the real thing from the fakes. Don’t miss my tips for knowing the difference, here…

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Ushering in the New Year's Italian Olive Oils
Nov 032015
 

It was this time of year in 2000 when Italian photographer Paolo Destefanis set out with my manuscript in hand to shoot images for Veneto: Authentic Recipes From Venice and the Italian Northeast, a title I wrote for Chronicle Books. I had gone with him earlier in the year to capture the magic of the Venice and its waterways in springtime and to explore locations in some of the mainland provinces. But I missed the second trip the following fall, and had to satisfy myself with being there vicariously through the vivid photographs he took. While I love the fieldwork, research, and recipe testing that is […more…]

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Fires of Autumn in the Veneto
Oct 132015
 

The Hudson Valley, just upriver from Manhattan, takes Halloween very seriously what with its famous one-time resident, Washington Irving, having written “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” America’s first ghost story. Besides the usual Halloween parades, the towns up and down the river host vampire balls, real haunted house competitions, the Headless Horseman’s night ride reenactments, and tours to the cemetery where the author himself and the once flesh-and-blood Katrina Van Tassel are buried. But best of all is the Great Jack-o’-Lantern Blaze, an artistic spectacle that even grownups can love. If you can’t make it, have no fear. Feast your eyes […more…]

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Blazin' Jack-o'-Lanterns!