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Getting over Julia Child: Pici con ragù di salsiccia

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On a plane ride to Rome a few years back, I took Julia Child’s “My Life in France” with me to read. It was one of those books that was so good that it made the trip go by much faster, and for this I was grateful. I was however shocked when I arrived at Julia’s assessment of Italian food, contained in a few sentences a little over halfway through the book. Julia, the queen of French cuisine, had traveled to Italy, where she deemed the sauces “boring” and the food too “simple,” declaring that “the food didn’t strike me ...

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Bianco and Sons: Concessions maestri

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If you have enjoyed the spicy goodness of a hot Italian sausage before a Red Sox game while strolling down Yawkey Way, you are a faithful Bianco and Sons customer. Opening the retail shop in 1960, Joseph Bianco Sr. started a family business that is now the backbone of New England’s concessions. Boasting the highest quality meats and spices, Bianco’s Italian sausage has stood the test of time. The recipe has not changed a lick in almost 55 years of production. Joseph Jr. would never share their secrets either: “No way, it’s a family recipe.” The smell alone brings me ...

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Not Your Average Pig Roast

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It’s cold, snowy, yes it’s winter. The holidays have passed and we look forward to events that occur in the winter…Valentine’s Day, Mardi gras, Groundhog Day (just kidding) and what we call in my family “Il Porco”. Every year my father takes the trip to the farm and chooses his pig. His purchased pig is prepared by cutting it up in four parts. That’s the easy part. The hard part begins at home. You might be thinking of piglet that is served over hot coals seen at pig roasts with an apple in its mouth. Thinking maybe pork chops or ...

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