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Deep-fried yeasty dough balls called pettole are as Christmas-y as it gets in Puglia.

Deep-fried yeasty dough balls called pettole mean Christmas in Puglia.

After the eating endurance event known as a southern Italian holiday season, we’re tightening our belts. Or at least we’re making an effort in hopes of tightening them. Pasta al forno, that decadent layered masterpiece of the Christmas table here, has been banished from ours. Likewise the zampone, a pig’s trotter stuffed with, yes, more pork, is off the list. And the pettole? Those deep-fried puffs of yeasty dough immersed in vanilla-scented sugar are now just a guilt-tinged memory. But if you think we’re resigned to insipid plates of sad, boiled vegetables, you are dead wrong. We’ve embraced a world of flavor with the bounty of Puglia’s winter vegetable, fruit, grain, nut, seed and legume harvest. And Puglia’s seafood and farm players still figure in the equation, playing a supporting role to great effect. Read more

Tiella Tutorial

Mussels from the Mar Piccolo near Taranto are briny, sweet and lie at the heart of tiella alla Barese.

Mussels from the Mar Piccolo near Taranto are briny, sweet and lie at the heart of tiella alla Barese.

Summer seemed to fly by in Puglia this year, and not only because of the weather. Along with partner Nancy Harmon Jenkins, we’ve been busy planning AmorOlio in Puglia, our food-focused tours that start this fall. We were almost too focused to notice the late spring rains and capricious thunderstorms that blew into Italy in June, effectively putting summer on hold. When it finally arrived in mid-August, the southern heat settled in as if to make up for lost time. So we took a time out and did our best to maximize the long, sunny days and balmy nights here. Aperitivi on the roof terrace, lunch at the beach and as many bike rides as we could manage, but only when the thermometer stayed on the cooler side of 90 degrees Fahrenheit. And we dove deeply into the sea of summer produce that swells the markets in late summer. We’re still making all our favorite fair weather dishes as often as possible before the gorgeous fruits and vegetables disappeared for another nine months. Read more

Addio Summer

Goodby summer, but autumn is still looking pretty good.

We said goodbye to summer, but autumn is still looking pretty wonderful.

Autumn officially begins on September 21st, but in Puglia, September is arguably the very best time of the year for savoring the best of the summer. Even though the days are getting shorter, it feels like the atmospheric gods are conspiring to make the ever-waning daylight something truly special. From stunning midday skies and dreamy sunsets to sweet, grape-scented breezes, we’re reveling in these last moments before the darkening sky moves decisively into winter. Read more

Plenty of Fish in the Pugliese Sea

Baby octopus is one of the more exotic offerings at our local fish market.

Baby octopus is one of the more exotic offerings at our local fish market.

Most everything that used to intimidate me about living in Italy has long since faded away. Crowds of octogenarian dialect speakers, paying bills at the post office (yes, the post office) and disapproving grannies no longer provoke moments of intense self-doubt. After all, since we’ve been here, we’ve mounted our website by collaborating with a team of monolingual Italian techies, moved our bill-paying to online direct deposit and won grudging approval for appropriate seasonal vegetable selection among our neighborhood residents. But one frontier is still relatively uncharted, despite increasingly confident forays across its borders. One day I know we’ll stride confidently into our local pescheria and select our fish without anxiety. Based on our current performance, though, that day won’t be soon. Read more

World Nutella Day?

Millions are celebrating everywhere, but what's to celebrate?

Millions are celebrating everywhere . . .

While noodling around the web the other day, I learned that February 5th has been proclaimed World Nutella Day. For those in the dark, Nutella is the brand name of a  chocolate hazelnut spread manufactured by the Italian confectionary company Ferrero. Introduced in the early ‘60s, several generations of Italians—and children all over the world—have grown up devoted to Nutella, so much so that seven years ago, two of its more ardent fans declared February 5th to be its special day. Read more

Salute

Artichokes are still plentiful in the markets here. They're high in antioxidants, great for the liver and may reduce cell proliferation in some cancers.

Artichokes are still plentiful in the markets here. They’re high in antioxidants, great for the liver and may reduce cell proliferation in some cancers.

Like the rest of the overindulged world, our thoughts have turned to the virtues of simplicity in the wake of Italian holiday season excess. We had a wonderful time during the constant round of parties, friends and multicourse meals, but there was way too much of all of it. While starvation is a daily reality for so many, I just learned that worldwide obesity has doubled since 1980. Stunning. So now we’re moving into a more contemplative moment, trying to figure out how to live with all this exuberance while maintaining some semblance of sanity in terms of our salute (health) and diet. The answer? We’ve turned to the elderly here who are still tied to the old ways that gave rise to the much-heralded Mediterranean Diet. Read more

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