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cauliflower cakes
We need to take a moment to discuss Italian cauliflower - which is light green, white and/or purple - but tastes just like the white cauliflower normally found in US grocery stores. I’ve been wanting to share these with you for ages, and I was worried I wou...
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top ten reasons why being an expat makes you a better person
1. You toughen up. There will be moments when you will feel the inevitable pangs of homesickness. It might be the most depressing day of the year for an expat (Thanksgiving) or an ordinary day when you’re feeling like no one but you can relate to the desire...
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banana oatmeal raisin cookies
These were originally meant to be just plain, old oatmeal raisins (healthified), but when I added the mashed banana they tasted so much like banana bread that banana had to take first place in the title. Even Erica tried them yesterday and said, “These tast...
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this old casa
For Barletta’s standards, our casa is actually not old at all. Built by Manu’s grandfather in the 40’s (a feat in post-war Italy), and meant to hold three apartments, it’s considered a palazzina , or little apartment building. Manu and his sisters grew up w...
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two must-try pasta dishes from rome
On our last trip to Rome, Manu and I were determined to eat our two favorite pasta dishes in Roman cuisine: Bucatini all'Amatriciana and Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe. Much like Rome itself, both are equally as decadent yet unpretentious.  Oh my god, this pasta. C...
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kitchen reveal
The time has come! We’ve been homeowners for three months now and I’m just itching to show you our kitchen! Granted, I still have about 3,782 projects left to do in the house, but as the Italians say: piano piano . Slowly but surely. Before -->  This was th...
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blender love + homemade almond milk
I’m sure we’ve talked about this before, multiple times. The old, sad story never changes. I’ve lived here for five years and all I ever wanted was a source for nut butters and milks. Not to mention seeds and grains, cumin and cilantro, black beans, maple s...
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on finding that career sweet spot
In a CCD class in high school, we did an activity where we wrote a letter to our future selves in 2005. In the letter we wrote where we thought we’d be living and what we imagined we’d be doing. Even then I had no idea what to choose for my imaginary self. ...
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