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When Larry Cooked Like a Real Italian


Montone, Umbria, Italy — Our cooking class instructor assured us this was THE Umbrian recipe to master – a lemony olive oil cake. Chef Judith Klinger of Aroma Cucina put Larry to work in her killer Italian kitchen in Montone. Husband/partner Jeff Albucher was attentive dishwasher, bartender and M.C., regaling us in Umbrian history and […]

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Citrusy Olive Oil Cake with Limoncello Drizzle


This cake was such a surprise! It’s not a fluffy commercial texture, nor is it a brick – which was my first thought when I heard we’d be making an Olive Oil Cake with Limoncello Drizzle at our “Date Night Romantic Mediterranean” cooking class with Chef Diane Brown. If you haven’t noticed, we’re a little […]

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Signature Salad Dressing

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Not one of Oprah’s best recommendations.  From her show What Ya Cookin’, Nashville? back in 2003, I printed out a salad dressing recipe by a local home cook named Dee.  “This garlicky salad dressing will add pep to all kinds of leafy greens!”  Oprah raved!  Hack, hack, it coated my tongue with oil and garlic.  […]

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