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From Space to Earth: Past, Present and Future of Food

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When: Thursday, May 26, 2016 – 6:30 p.m. Where: MIT Stata Center – 32 Vassar St 1st floor, room 32155, Cambridge Free registration at: http://space-food2016.eventbrite.com Nowadays, due to busy work and lifestyles, people do not dedicate much time to food preparation. This ends up with improper nutrition and a lack of important micronutrients. Thanks to studies and research conducted for the development and production of the Bonus Food for European Astronauts, Argotec Space Food Lab was able to identify interactions between nutrition and the human body and to develop a balanced diet and a safe packaging technology for astronauts in ...

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Foraging for pranzo

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One of my favorite memories as a girl was foraging through the woods on Mt. Amiata with my dad’s family. Whether for mushrooms in fall, or herbs in spring, my nana and her sisters would later cook them as the filling for ravioli or a frittata. Who knew foraging for something wild to eat could reap such fulfilling rewards? It’s the primal adventure of traipsing through the woods, a lush field, or the bases of olive trees and getting your hands and knees dirty in search of sustenance. It’s the pleasure of transforming those overlooked gems of nature into delectable ...

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Laura’s Crostata di Marmellata

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When I was younger, my parents would bring my siblings and me to Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse for dinner about once a month. If you’re reading this article from New England, it’s likely that you know this chain restaurant, though I haven’t seen any in a while…. I wonder if they still exist. Going to Bugaboo was always a treat – I loved their chicken fingers and fries, the staff would sing to a funny song to you on your birthday, and there was a talking moose and pine tree at the entrance of the restaurant. Best of all however was ...

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Confessions of a carboholic

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I walked into the dining room and my jaw hit the floor. Before me was a three-tiered altar, draped in white cloth, holding gorgeously decorated, ornately shaped pieces of bread. From afar, it looked mouthwatering: gorgeous, porous, crunchy-on-the-outside, heaven-on-the-inside Italian bread. Each masterpiece had been skillfully molded by hand into the shapes of horses, ducks, hearts and crosses, and brushed with egg before baking. At the top of the tiered structure perched a large portrait of the baby Jesus with his father. I was 7, at my first feast for St. Joseph, and had just discovered my drug of choice: ...

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Dante Alighieri Presents Organic Italian Cooking Classes

Chef Federico Zampieri

Join the Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts as it introduces its new organic cooking classes with chef Federico Zampieri. Discover your inner chef and Italy’s incredibly diverse culinary landscape as you cook your own three course masterpieces from the distinct and exciting cuisines of six Italian regions. Each class lasts four hours and includes a sit-down dinner with wine in our beautiful and intimate setting at the Dante Alighieri Society in Kendall Square, Cambridge. All menus include an appetizer, one entrée, dessert and wine. Please see below for complete course details. Individual classes are $85 and include wine. (Click here ...

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Malden’s Hidden Gem: Ristorante Serena

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There is perhaps no other restaurant that fits the term “hidden gem” quite like Ristorante Serena, located in Malden’s lively, working-class Maplewood Center. With its front entrance obscured from a passerby’s view, a little help from locals will guide newcomers down a lateral hallway through neighboring Panda Palace to find the highly acclaimed Calabrese eatery. Ristorante Serena, named after chef and owner Giovanni Longo’s eldest daughter, has been ranked as the city’s preferred locale for Italian fare, seafood and catering for the last six years. With an intimate dining room setting and traditional cuisine from Longo’s native Calabria, Ristorante Serena ...

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Nanni & Tata Brings Taste of Naples to Lawrence

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Ah, bella Napoli — one of Europe’s oldest and most flavorful metropolises, the very heart of empires past. With its bustling center built upon rich volcanic soil alongside a bountiful sea, and home to archaeological treasures, Naples boasts a flavor unlike any other in Italy. Behind Naples’ aging façades is a city very much alive. In crevices of the urban sprawl, down alleyways rife with scooting Vespas, one can discover a profound humanity, rich culture, and unexpected culinary elegance. Gaetano and Annamaria Migliaccio, recent newcomers to the United States, and proud owners of Nanni and Tata in Lawrence, Massachusetts, are ...

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Cristiano Bonino: The Craft of Tasty Tours

Cristiano Bonino checking out seasoned Parmigiano Reggiano

Cristiano Bonino organizes food tours for a living: yet, as a foodie, he is not very credible – at least not at first glance. At 45, the shape he is in is associated with enthusiasts of diets and gyms, not gourmet regional specialties — especially after living in America on and off for the past 8 years (full time for the last four). As he leads me up the stairs to his Somerville top floor apartment it is hard for me to keep up with him; then as soon as we reach the kitchen/living-room – a sunlit open space nicely ...

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Tiramisù

Tiramisù (photo by © Francesca Bruzzese)

Alright – I have something to confess. You might want to sit down for this. Seated? Okay. Here it goes: despite priding myself on being a good cook and being very skilled in Italian cuisine, I had never, ever – up until this post – made tiramisù, the most well-known Italian dessert and arguably one of the most popular Italian recipes. How did that happen, you ask? Perhaps it’s because I knew that I could always get a good tiramisù in any restaurant here in Rome; perhaps it can be chalked up to all the different components needed to assemble ...

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Avellinese Pride and Plentiful Dishes at Danny De Simone’s La Vita Mia

La Vita Mia owner Danny De Simone

Tucked away in the most unlikely location just outside Saugus center is a treasured spot for Italian fare. Sandwiched in between a bustling convenience store and a Dunkin Donuts, La Vita Mia’s unassuming exterior has kept the restaurant a hidden gem, and that’s just how the locals prefer it. Owner and Head Chef Gaetano “Danny” De Simone’s quaint eatery is packed with Italian flavor, which has landed La Vita Mia on the North Shore’s list of local hotspots. With family photos displayed tastefully on the walls and family recipes appearing on the menu, diners are continually reminded of the significance ...

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Milan EXPO 2015: Visit it, Enjoy it, and Be Proud

Stefano Salimbeni at the Milan EXPO 2015

A fresh, first person, passionate recount of our collaborator Stefano Salimbeni’s visit to the Milan International Exposition. A joy for the eyes, more than for the palate, a challenge for the legs – and the wallet – more than for the intellect and anyway at the end of the day (and in this case is usually a long one) a breath of fresh air for our (too often and for too long repressed and subdued) pride of being Italian. Obviously after a six-hours-only visit, at an event that would require at least the same amount of days, the first impressions ...

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Marblehead’s Casa Mia: A Home Away From Home

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In Italian, Casa Mia translates to “My Home,” and for both Marblehead’s chic and trendy and the local fishermen alike, home is where you’ll be at once you enter this new Calabrese eatery. Twenty-five year old Raffaele Scalzi and his brother Luigi (Gino) Scalzi, opened the brand new restaurant on July 1, and have already been met with unparalleled success. Nestled alongside The Barrelman and the hopping Five Corners Kitchen, Casa Mia is a stellar contribution to Marblehead’s catalog of dining locations. I arrived at Casa Mia with a particular curiosity, anxious to see what such young culinary entrepreneurs had ...

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