Christmas With Mom: A Pot of Sauce, Cookies and Laughter

*This is a post from December 2012 that I wrote on Huffington Post. I've reposted it here with photo updates and annotations from this year. I still make the cookies, I still cook for friends and family. I know Mom is watching, especially when I’m making the meatballs.   “I’ve got the sauce and meatballs …

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A Weekend in the Langhe: Barbaresco, Barolo and Alba

My Italy adventures continued this summer with a trip to Piedmont, in the wine region of Langhe, home to two of Italy’s most famous wines, Barolo and Barbaresco. It’s the classic picturesque Italy I’ve come to expect – small hilltop towns that look like they’re right out of central casting for a romantic movie, manicured …

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