Author Archives: Rachel Steckler

About Rachel Steckler

Culinarian, Slow Food Advocate and Jazz in Brooklyn

The region of Piedmont is well-known for its quality hazelnuts. And so right before we left Turin to come back home to NYC our friend Silvia had a special surprise in store for us from Chivasso: nocciolini (noh-chyo-lee-ni). Dolciaria Fontana is … Continue reading

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Le luci d’artista

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Turin during the holiday season features le luci d’artista, festive and artistic lights that are a tradition for the surrounding areas of the city center. Having lived in Turin for more than three years I always looked forward to this special time … Continue reading

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2012 in review

Better late than never… Wishing everyone a wonderful and inspirational 2013! Am currently back in my home state of Florida but soon enough we will be off to “The Big Apple!” The highlight of 2012 was giving birth to our … Continue reading

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Soul Food Recipe Exchange Vol. 2: Sweet Potato and Pecan Pie

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This post follows in the footsteps of my collaborative series with Enrica of Cervellifuori called Soul Food Recipe Exchange. It’s a way for me to pay homage and to share some of my favorite soul food recipes all the while … Continue reading

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A Day Trip to Lake Orta

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Italy is filled with beautiful landscapes and the region of Piedmont does not disappoint one bit. With my birthday quickly approaching and being that I am in the last trimester of pregnancy, I felt the urge to take a day … Continue reading

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From Turin to Vienna

Just the other day I was reminiscing about the weekend trip I took to Vienna a few years ago to visit my dear Cousin Anna. The roommates in her flat were throwing a house party and it was sure to … Continue reading

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Recipe from Ragusa: Pasta with Capuliato

For one of our wedding gifts, some friends of ours put together a picnic basket filled with all sorts of Italian goodies that were just waiting to be transformed into culinary delights. But one homemade item stood out from the … Continue reading

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Soul Food Recipe Exchange Vol. 1

Having grown up in a multi-cultural city like Miami, my “love affair” with soul food initiated at a young age. But it wouldn’t become solidified until I moved to Denton, Texas where I attend the University of North Texas to … Continue reading

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A Day Trip to Florence

The last time I was in Florence was almost two years ago. I went there, only for the day, to assist as a translator for my dear friend Yolanda who wanted to meet her Italian-side of the family for the … Continue reading

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An Inside Look at Cascina Fontanacervo

An Inside Look at Cascina Fontanacervo.

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