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June 20, 2014


What a beautiful essay! I love the way you write about food. It's like reading a love letter. I've had nocino while in Italy and adored it. Surprised that this chef adds white wine, which makes a great deal of sense given what its addition does to rounding out the flavor of cooked foods.

Enjoy your new batch!

Thanks Leslie. You'll have to try mine at some point. And you should be able to find green walnuts nearby and make your own. It's fun and since it really does have to age for quite a while, it teaches patience (something I usually don't have when it comes to food and drink). I've lately been making it with a less powerful base and using Finger Lakes walnuts and wine. I also use it in a mean chocolate cake, based on a recipe from a Provinctown, Mass restaurant that I went to a million years ago.

I wish I were there on this glorious summer afternoon.

Wine instead of water? Genius! Stacey, you inspired me to make Nocino a few years ago with walnuts Shanna Compton priority mailed me from Jersey. Now that I'm living in Iowa, ankle deep in green walnut pods, it's on. I'm going to try a few batches with white wine this year, as well as orange zest and vanilla. A friend of mine used star anise and it was incredible.

Stacey, many thanks. What a wonderful essay! As you know, I spent six weeks at the Civitella in 2009; your piece brings back many warm memories. [John Tranter]

Thank you everyone. John, I thought Civitella was magical. So glad this brought back good memories.

When I was a boy, somewhere between 13 and 16, I imagine, I remember reading in the Saturday Review of Literature that "cellar door" was the most beautiful phrase in the English language. An interesting juxtaposition, I think. I prefer James's "summer afternoon," the light over the dark, but I've never forgotten "cellar door," although I do not know who described it so. In any case, this is a beautiful essay for a summer afternoon, a tot or two of nocino a lovely way to end a summer night. Thanks for the recipes, and again for your memories.

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