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A Tasty Dinner Before Avalanche-Reporting

Date: January 24, 2017 - categories: , , - 5 Comments

In late January, our Giulia headed with journalist colleague, Sabina, to snowed-in tiny Abruzzo hilltown of Penne, to cover the tragic avalanche in nearby Farindola for EBU (European Broadcasting Union).

The night before they left, Pino cooked up a special dinner of goat’s meat (ours – sigh) and artichokes…..that warmed us all up!

Pino’s one of the most creative cooks I know – and every dish he cooks up is a buonissimo new creation. Here’s how me made the goat:

While the the trimmed artichokes were soaking in water with lemon, he diced finely celery, carrot, garlic, and sautéed all in our olive oil on the wood stove:




He then added the goat meat and bay leaf, covering generously with white wine, then letting the wine evaporate before adding the artichokes:



More gentle simmering til goat meat tender:


What a tasty dinner to warm those two up the night before their departure.

…and here they are the next day on the job in Penne:


….and Sabina reporting:


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Read about – and see – damage to Visso
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Peppa’s home had damage, too, though light damage
Read about Cascia and earthquake concerns there


  • Stephanie says:

    Very nice way to send off the ladies into the cold. The meal looked so delicious, comfort food Italian style!

  • Mary Garland says:

    Thanks so much for sending this. Sad news. Beautiful dinner and bravissimo to Giulia and her friend!

  • suzanne paust says:

    We could do well to remember that journalists frequently put themselves at great risk to bring the news to the world. Bravo Pino for sending them off with such warmth.

  • Ann Krapf says:

    I’m so sorry for the loss of life from the avalanche. What an experience for Giulia to plan and execute. You must be very proud of her. Didn’t know Pino cooked!

  • Anne Robichaud says:

    Thanks to each for your notes and Ann, Pino is the BEST cook in the family!

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