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About scarpettakate

Scarpetta Dolcetto celebrates simple, seasonal, scratch home cookery.

Bran Muffins

I’ve tried a million different bran muffin recipes over the years, most of which were really just cupcakes masquerading as health food. (Cupcakes are delicious, of course, but I don’t always want one for breakfast. Sometimes, but not always.) There … Continue reading

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Full disclosure: I am no barbecue expert, friends. I don’t know my Carolina from my Memphis from my Kansas City, couldn’t really tell you the first thing about brisket or burnt ends. But I do know when something tastes fantastic, … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Tea Cake

Fall is my most favorite season for baking. I love brown sugar, and spices, and a warm kitchen on a crisp day. I love heading out for a morning hike with a mug of hot coffee and an apple spice … Continue reading

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Red Pepper & Sun-Dried Tomato Relish

What are we going to do when the tomatoes go away? It was a blandly rhetorical question, but staring down at my plate of dry-farmed Early Girls, a pang of mild panic flickered through me. I don’t know. I DON’T … Continue reading

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Kale Caesar Salad

Now, I realize that a raw kale salad might not sound very promising. Too many vitamins and minerals, too much health, too much green to still be edible, let alone enjoyable. But kale in a Caesar-style salad with a lemony … Continue reading

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Pavlova

An enterprising hotel chef in 1920s New Zealand was the first to whip up a Pavlova, a culinary tribute to visiting ballerina Anna Pavlova’s ethereal, wispy beauty. They’re a perennial favorite of those lush islands, and in Australia, too, where … Continue reading

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Baba Ganoush

I could probably eat my own weight in baba ganoush, the silky-textured eggplant dip that’s a constant of nearly every Middle Eastern culinary tradition. On a warm day with a cold beer and a pile of pita bread, there are … Continue reading

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Slow-Roasted Summer Vegetables

That, friends, is one homely mess of vegetables. I almost didn’t share the recipe with you, it being rather underwhelming in the looks department, but the flavor (oh man, that flavor!) was so worth it that it seemed a bit … Continue reading

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Caleb’s Margarita

My friend Caleb hails from San Antonio, Texas, and as such he lightly salts his speech with “y’alls” and knows his way around that city’s storied breakfast tacos. Caleb’s a man of varied talents and quirks, many of them nurtured … Continue reading

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Panzanella

Panzanella is a sunny Tuscan bread salad made with tomatoes and onions, a clever way to stretch a good country loaf that’s gone a little stale. The traditional peasant dish is a tasty exercise in texture, with crunchy bread soaking … Continue reading

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