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Do you remember the bunch of rhubarb from my garden? The one mentioned here. Well, it has finally been turned into something. Something really tasty, refreshing and very, very summery: stewed rhubarb. That, incidentally, has been turned into an article on Honest Cooking as well (bear with me: I’ll talk about HC now and then in this blog).

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I know I’m a bit late with this recipe: the cherry season is almost gone by now. All the same, I had bought a lot of cherries to make the Red Fruit Crumble and I couldn’t help making some jam. I’m a fanatic of jams and preserves, as some of you know (have a look here, here, and here for a quick look…), and of course, cherry jam is no exception.

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June has brought a wave of fresh news to me and to the blog. I, Rita, have become an official contributor to Honest Cooking online magazine. This is a great adventure for me because Honest Cooking shares the best of worldwide recipes and food-related articles written by well-established bloggers and food writers. So, don’t worry if it takes me a while to update the blog or if I can’t visit yours: I’m just a little busier than usual (and don’t forget I have a toddler crawling around all the time!!). Well, here’s the very first article I wrote for Honest Cooking (click here to see the HC page). I hope you enjoy it!

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You may think this to be one of those posts where authors claim to do great things (in the kitchen or somewhere else): astounding, astonishing, surprising things. Sort of “we want to surprise you with special effects”. Or rather, sort of “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe”. Well, this is not that kind of post, though in a sense what happens can really be seen as a magic.

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“Viva la pa-pa-pappa
Col po-po-po-po-po-po-pomodoro
Viva la pa-pa-pappa
Che è un capo-po-po-po-po-polavoro…”

Pappa al pomodoro is one of the most traditional Tuscan dishes, especially made in the area around Florence. Like many traditional recipes, its origins are poor and humble, the two main ingredients being tomatoes and stale bread. Though very simple to make, it’s a great masterpiece of Italian cuisine, like the famous song said.

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