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The Lengths I Go To for An Amazing Glass of Wine

I live on a freelance writer’s salary, so if I want to drink really, really good wine on a daily basis, I pretty much have to go to work in a winery, which is what I did last fall. I went to the Piedmont region of Italy, which is home to two of the country’s most prized (and most expensive) gastronomic products: Barolo, arguably Italy’s best wine, and the Alba white truffle....

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Do-It-Yourself Aperitivo | Frugaltopia

It’s easy to be a frugal foodie in Italy. Food, for the most part, is pretty cheap. And wine, I noticed when I was living in Rome, was sometimes even cheaper than bottled water (though it should be noted that free drinking water is available from water fountains all over the city, so there’s no need to ever even buy water). When I moved back to NYC from Rome a couple of years ago, I realized that the Italian way of thinking about gastronomy had gotten to me. Simple, seasonal, fresh, and delicious food is both a basic principle and something to be celebrated there. Italians are passionate about eating and drinking; meals are rituals; and the way things are done matters. A mere 2 ounces of carelessly prepared espresso is sure to cause a fight at the bar; pasta cooked a moment past al dente is unforgivable....

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Sit Out City Brunch and Bake Scones Instead | Frugaltopia

In spring and summer, brunch is practically a team sport for many New Yorkers – one requiring endurance, stamina, and the competitive ability to meet up with friends on a Sunday morning and wait, on average, for 20 to 40 minutes for a table while sleep- and caffeine-deprived. The prize? A bottomless cup of coffee, Bloody Marys and Mimosas, Eggs Bene, and hours of sundry brunchy deliciousness. Admittedly, not a bad payoff....

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La Cucina Povera – An Autumn Pasta with Acorn Squash and Anchovy Sauce | Frugaltopia

In Italy, la cucina povera is a term that embraces the idea of cooking with basic farm-fresh ingredients, but the original concept more or less assumed that you had your own farm, or at least a vegetable garden, a few fruit trees, and maybe some chickens or goats. These days, la cucina povera is often associated with cooking on the cheap or working with whatever ingredients you happen to have around your kitchen....


Jen Laskey | Frugaltopia

Jen Laskey gave up her office job in 2005 to pursue a career that would enable her to exploit her many interests and get paid for it. Now, she pairs her technical ......


About | Frugaltopia

Frugaltopia helps you get off the earn-to-spend treadmill into a simpler, happier, and more sustainable life. During these challenging economic times, we are ......

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Jan 31, 2011 ... Join us in congratulating Jen Laskey on the publication of, Jen's Candy Jar, a unique collection of recipes that celebrates the comeback of the ......


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Sep 15, 2010 ... Member Spotlight on Jen Laskey. If you have recently taken a look at our LIC CSA Facebook page, you might have come across Jen Laskey, ......