Amatriciana in the Blender

September 6, 2011
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One of the most popular Italian pasta dishes is Bucatini all’Amatriciana.  Bucatini is a sort of fat spaghetti and the Amatriciana sauce is made with tomatoes, pieces of guanciale (a type of  bacon) and onion.  I learned how to make this sauce but then I decided that I didn’t like chunks of tomatoes, bacon and […]


How I Ended Up in Italy

September 1, 2011
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When I was 20, I was convinced I would become a well-known television correspondent in Asia.  I started out well, spending a year covering political upheavals in the Philippines, and then I won a scholarship to get a Masters Degree in South East Asian Studies at Columbia University in New York.  The first day, the […]