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About scarpettakate

Scarpetta Dolcetto celebrates simple, seasonal, scratch home cookery.

Veggie Burger

Imagine two hungry diners, out for an al fresco lunch at Portland’s Veritable Quandary on a lovely summer’s day. One orders a burger, a juicy medium rare with all the trimmings. The other orders the housemade veggie burger with caramelized … Continue reading

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Corn & Tomato Salad

Pizzeria Delfina is one of my favorite lunch spots in the city (my go-to order is their broccoli rabe pizza, a poem to Neapolitan pies everywhere) and a new-favorite starter is their special insalata granturco (“corncob salad”), an easy arrangement … Continue reading

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Zucchini Dill Pancakes

I am on a savory pancake kick these days. There’s been batch after batch of my leek and pea pancakes, a (less than stellar) attempt at sweet potato latkes, corn and chive shortstacks ordered at State Bird Provisions. Lately whenever I … Continue reading

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Grilled Leg of Lamb

If my mother has any claims to fame as a hostess (they’re legion, believe me), numero uno is her way with lamb: rosy, rosemary-scented Easter roasts, mustard-rubbed racks and butterflied legs, grilled to a robust tenderness. It’s no surprise, then, … Continue reading

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Sangria Shrub

I’ve always liked the idea of sangria. It’s festive and pretty and if I’m having a glass, it usually means it’s warm outside and/or there are Spanish nibbles in arm’s reach, all of which I’m very fond. The unfortunate reality? … Continue reading

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Fried Green Tomatoes

Several years ago I took a rambling tour of the Low Country, promenading through Savannah’s gracious moss-draped oaks and Charleston’s honeysuckle-scented gardens. I remember two things best about that trip: that my boyfriend asked me to marry him by the … Continue reading

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Grilled Summer Vegetable Salad

There’s a bumper crop of zucchini in my backyard, blossoms by the bouquet and armfuls of lean, green courgettes. My neighbors upstairs, who tend the garden and summoned this army of vegetables from seed, found themselves slightly outpaced by their … Continue reading

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Peach-Blackberry Cobbler

For the rest of the country, summer means sticky heat waves and swimming pools, lightning bugs and sunburn cream. We San Franciscans have a slightly different way of looking at summer, bundled up against our “June gloom” as the marine … Continue reading

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Blueberry Coffee Cake

As the product of a sound Catholic school education (plaid kilts from kindergarten to 12th grade), I’m an inveterate rule follower. I make full and complete stops at all stop signs. I return my library books on time. I find … Continue reading

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Roast Pork

Oh, honey. Sit down for a minute and let me tell you about this roast pork. The juicy, well-seasoned, flavorful meat. The woodsy bits of herbs and crispy, unctuous, oh-dear-Lord cracklings. (I mean, come on. Cracklings.) Your butcher will do … Continue reading

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