Pesto pasta with portobello mushrooms

As per its original namesake, pesto alla Genovese is a sauce originating in Genoa, Italy. During the Middle Ages, Genoan cuisine commonly featured a predecessor of pesto known as agliata, a mashed paste of garlic and walnuts. It was not until the mid-19th century that basil was introduced into the modern recipe. The best pesto…

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A week around the Eternal City: Rome, Italy

Mr. Chuckles recently made us a delicious carbonara, which brought back memories of our trip to Italy last summer. This was kind of a milestone trip for a couple reasons: it was the first long distance trip that Mr. Chuckles and I went on together, and it was the first time that I had self-planned…

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