Over-the-Top Dessert: While walking in Galicia with
Gwyneth Paltrow, star chef Mario Batali spotted a bush full of ripe blackberries,
his “favorite fruit in life,” and recalled filling the back of his
parents’ station wagon with buckets of blackberries when he was growing
up in Seattle. After getting his mother, Marilyn, to e-mail him her
recipe, Mario prepared this luscious pie.
Travel Tuesday: “On a farm just south of Chieti, my grandma’s ancestral home, Villa
Maiella is the kind of place I dreamed about before I happened upon it,” say star chef Mario Batali. Here, the chef shares his top picks for where to eat in Italy.
Wine Wednesday: Star chef Mario Batali developed this recipe for pollo casero, a luscious chicken in rich white wine and pepper sauce, from an elderly home cook who lives in Asturias. Try this hearty chicken dish with a lively Spanish rosé.