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Seriously Italian: Cardoons

[Photograph: Gina DePalma] Previously Snowy Day Risotto » All Seriously Italian recipes » It is always a little weird to talk about cardoons in the context of Italian cooking, because I can't resist using a brogue and rhyming them with... More

Seriously Italian: Snowy Day Risotto

Stirring as the liquid slowly evaporates. [Photographs: Gina DePalma] Previously Robiolina » All Seriously Italian recipes » On a snowy winter day, with a blizzard brewing outside and idle hands inside, my thoughts drifted to dinner. What can I make... More

Seriously Italian: Broccoli Romanesco

[Photographs: Gina DePalma] Previously Chestnut Honey » All Seriously Italian recipes » Oh, Broccoli Romanesco, how I love you. You're delicious and creepy and weird, like an alien vegetable. I know you are misunderstood, but that's only to people who... More

Seriously Italian: Zuppa di Farro

"Like pasta, farro absorbs and unifies with whatever flavors you add to it." [Photographs: Gina DePalma, unless otherwise noted.] Previously Punctuating Flavors with Ricotta Salata » All Seriously Italian recipes » The onset of chilly, blustery days is the perfect... More

Seriously Italian: Lavender Honey Spice Cake

[Photograph: Diana Baur] Previously Escarole and Walnut Salad with Anchovy Dressing » All Seriously Italian recipes » Hold the phone, you may be thinking to yourself. Isn't lavender a French Provençal thing? Pazienza, I say—let me explain. Lavender, or lavanda... More

Seriously Italian: Zabaione, My Way

After over a decade at Babbo, I've made a helluva lot of zabaione. Enough to fill Fiat Cinquecento, I'd say, and I never grow tired of it. Zabaione, or its alternate spelling of Zabaglione, is a marvel of a dessert—with... More

Seriously Italian: Breadcrumb-Stuffed Vegetables

"Besides being cheap and accessible, breadcrumbs are truly a blank canvas for individual creativity." "Besides being cheap and accessible, breadcrumbs are truly a blank canvas for individual creativity." Verdure Ripieni, or stuffed vegetables, are popular in many of Italy's regions,... More

Seriously Italian: Insalata di Riso

Editor's note: On Thursdays, Babbo pastry chef Gina DePalma checks in with Seriously Italian. After a stint in Rome, she's back in the States, channeling her inner Italian spirit via recipes and intel on delicious Italian eats. Take it away,... More

Seriously Italian: Spaghetti All'Ubriaco

Every now and then the intrepid eater will encounter a dish that can only be described as mind-blowing. My first bite of this spaghetti, served at a bustling osteria not far from Florence's Piazza Santa Croce, almost made my head spin right off. More

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