HB&B Blog — Italy

Wine & Food Killers: Spiced Lamb Meatballs with Saffron-Tomato Sauce and Couscous and Cantina Giardino Re Rosso 2019

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Wine & Food Killers: Spiced Lamb Meatballs with Saffron-Tomato Sauce and Couscous and Cantina Giardino Re Rosso 2019

Weekends right now are strange. For me, they’ve become long, often empty blocks of time, flattened without the normal pace of pubs, get-togethers with pals and general hubbub. Now, instead of seeing friends, I cook. And to keep myself entertained, I’ve started gravitating towards the recipes that feel a little more involved, that can occupy me for an hour or two. All the better if the end results fall in the broad “bowl food” category – soups, stews, braises, cheesy pasta bakes – that I can wrap myself around on the sofa. This recipe, dug up from the New York...

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Wine & Food Killers: Confit Salmon with Citrus Herb Salad and Camillo Donati Malvasia Secco Pet Nat 2018

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Wine & Food Killers: Confit Salmon with Citrus Herb Salad and Camillo Donati Malvasia Secco Pet Nat 2018

This Thanksgiving, I roasted a chicken instead of a turkey. I reduced the myriad sides down to two dishes – crunchy, golden roast potatoes and green beans with shallots and pistachios. In lieu of the classic dessert spread, I made one single pumpkin pie for the two of us, which we shared over the course of days. And I was much happier for it.  2020 is forcing us to celebrate our holidays differently, to downsize and to cut back. There is much to mourn in that, much painful loss to try to digest. But there's a small culinary upside in...

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Wine & Food Killers: Fusilli with Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Goat Gouda and Arianna Occhipinti SP68 Bianco 2019

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Wine & Food Killers: Fusilli with Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Goat Gouda and Arianna Occhipinti SP68 Bianco 2019

  Early September is always a period of in-between, a time of shift and recalibration. The body has stored up memories of all those years of back-to-school returns. An autumnal coolness can already be detected in the night breezes, though summer isn’t technically over until the equinox. What to make of this time? As temperatures begin to drop, it’s tempting to start cooking (and drinking) like it’s already October, like there are already wood fires burning and piles of leaves on the ground. But this year – a year when summer has slipped by without much fanfare or celebration –...

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Wine & Food Killers: Warm Spiced Tomatoes and Broad Bean Salad with Andrea Occhipinti Alea Rosa Rosato 2019

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Wine & Food Killers: Warm Spiced Tomatoes and Broad Bean Salad with Andrea Occhipinti Alea Rosa Rosato 2019

We've entered the time of year when turning on the oven feels like death; when the heat makes any kitchen project that takes more than 30 minutes unbearable. Right now, a juicy wedge of watermelon could very well count as dinner, with or without the accompanying feta and mint. For those lucky enough to have gardens, they're likely spilling over with gluts of late-summer vegetables. That bounty is both a blessing and a curse. If you find yourself with an excess of tomatoes this year, and have made all the caprese salads and soups and pasta sauces you can stand,...

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Wine & Food Killers: Popcorn Prawns with Lemon Dipping Sauce and Cantina Furlani Antico 2017

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Wine & Food Killers: Popcorn Prawns with Lemon Dipping Sauce and Cantina Furlani Antico 2017

If champagne and fried chicken is an iconic high-low pairing, then it follows that pet nat and popcorn prawns should be, too. Both are crisp and buoyant – albeit in different ways – and, in this case, both zesty and lemon-scented. Both can be gulped without much hesitation; both demolished far quicker than intended. And if you’ve been blessed with a patio or a terrace or a back garden, then both also make brilliant summertime fare. Cantina Furlani’s exceptional Antico Frizzante is made exclusively from the Nosiola grape, which is native to Italy’s Alpine Trentino region, in the country’s far...

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