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granita di caffe + a giveaway

Sunday, April 3, 2016

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I spent several summers in my almost 20’s frequenting Java Jack’s in South Minneapolis. It was a late-night, chain-smoking, Soundgarden-cranking coffee hangout, an odd choice for an early-morning, non-smoking, Sarah McLachlan-loving woman. But my sister and I drove there every single night after we closed down the shopping mall coffee shop we worked at, and spent our evenings out on the patio slurping down granitas with the regulars. They weren’t real granitas, of course, just some sugary coffee spinning around all day in a worn-out slushy machine, but I drank more of them then I could ever count, and enjoyed every single drop.

So when I got a copy of Tasting Rome  in the mail (Katie Parla and Kristina Gill’s beautiful new book that focuses on both traditional and contemporary recipes from their lives in Rome) and flipped open to find a recipe for a real granita, I got to work right away making it. Strong, cold coffee, a bit of sugar, and whipped cream piled to the sky is a bit more sophisticated than the concoction I drank on those hot summer nights years ago. Both have their place, but I’m looking forward to warm afternoons on the back porch, not a whiff of cigarette smoke, and Ella Fitzgerald scatting quietly while I sip my icy drink.
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‘While crafting this book, we sought inspiration in peripheral, graffiti-clad neighborhoods, patrician districts, archeological parks, neighborhood bakeries, artisanal gelato shops, dimly lit cocktail bars, chaotic markets, and innovative restaurants. The result of our explorations is this collection of recipes that embraces Roman flavors and goes beyond the tight focus on tradition to acknowledge that the city’s cuisine has evolved and that strict tradition, while predominant, certainly isn’t the only reality.’ – From Tasting Rome

GIVEAWAY: Clarkson Potter is giving away a 3 copies of Tasting Rome. Each winner will also receive a set of three 8×10 prints from the book, an 18×24-inch hand drawn map of the center of Rome by Lena Corwin and a set of exclusive recipes which aren’t in the book. To enter, please leave a comment below, with your name and email address. (If you want to tell me what music you’re loving lately that would be lovely! But not necessary.) Giveaway open worldwide, and entries will close on Sunday, April 10. The winners will be chosen at random.

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Granita di Caffe
From Tasting Rome, by Katie Parla and Kristina Gill

For the granita
2 cups freshly brewed coffee, warm
5 tablespoons sugar

For the whipped cream
3/4 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon Pernod (Frangelico tastes good here, too)

Make the granita: Combine the coffee and sugar in a medium bowl and allow to cool, about 20 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a rimmed baking sheet and place in the freezer for 30 minutes, until crystals begin to form. Scrape the crystals with a fork to break them up. Repeat this process every 15 minutes until the whole baking sheet has become fluffy ice, six to eight times.

Meanwhile, make the whipped cream: In a medium bowl, whip the cream until it starts to thicken. Add the sugar and Pernod, and continue to whip until soft peaks form.

Serve the granita in a juice or parfait glass, layering it with the whipped cream.

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Disclosure: Clarkson Potter sent me this book to review, but (as always) all opinions are my own.

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    heather (delicious not gorgeous)
    Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    i’ve been listening to kina grannis and nataly dawn’s mashup of “no” and a bunch of other songs non-stop since it came out last week. trying to sprinkle in some other songs, but i keep going back to the mashup.

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    Cristina
    Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    I’ve been listening to AURORA – Running With The Wolves, light me up – femme, and Låpsley – Love Is Blind. I’ve also been making my way steadily through NPR’s Austin 100. Good listening!

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    Katrina
    Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Coffee granita is the dang best. This looks awesome!!

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    Barbara Langlois
    Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    I love everything coffee. Ice cream, lattes, affigato, you name it. Would love to try this recipe. And a map of Rome! Awesome! Love your blog!

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    Holly
    Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    I’ve never had a granita, but it looks awesome! The over-sweetened starbucks stuff doesn’t do much for me, so I’ve pretty much stuck with plain black coffee, but clearly I need to try my hand at making some concoctions myself (or just go to Rome. I like that idea too).

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    valentina | sweet kabocha
    Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    This coffee granita reminds me my summer in Sicily!

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    Linn
    Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Absolutely love Sia’s new album!!

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    Katherine
    Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    I’m living in South Minneapolis now, but I haven’t found Java Jack’s! Looking forward to trying this granita recipe soon with the Warner weather…

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    Teresa
    Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Been listening to the soundtrack from Hamilton recently; fabulous!

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    Emily Love
    Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    lately I’ve been listening to old French jazz playlists on Spotify, especially while cooking or cleaning!

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    Am
    Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    All the recipes I’ve seen from this cookbook so far sound amazing! I’m sure it’ll be a new classic.

    I’ve been listening to The Last Shadow Puppets’ new album. Everything Alex Turner writes is just genius. (I’m a big Arctic Monkeys fan as well.)

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    Neil
    Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    This recipe makes me long for my past summer holidays in Rome. Definitely going to make this a lot!

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    Natalie
    Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    New explosions in the sky album!

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    Liz S.
    Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    Music I’m loving lately? Oldies (specifically, Frank Sinatra. Classic).

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    Rebecca Horrigan
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 12:03 am

    I’ve been enjoying The Beach Boys!

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    Lisa D.
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 12:36 am

    I can’t wait to try this recipe…looks amazing! I’ve been enjoying WomanChild by Cecile McLorin Salvant.

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    Laura
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 1:34 am

    I might listen to Paolo Conte or Paolo Nutini. or probably some zen music, as it just calms my nerves, which is my I cook anyway!

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    Uschi E
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 1:50 am

    I’m not able to stop listening to David Bowies ‘Major Tom’. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post. Kind regards from Germany. Uschi

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    Sj Dc
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 2:20 am

    I’ve been listening to folk rock on a loop lately..Been loving The Lumineers

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    Ven V
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 2:58 am

    Been listening to Anderson.Paak. And Hootie and the blowfish.

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    Debbie G
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 5:05 am

    Book looks lovely. I am a country music & late 60’s early 70’s (best music ever) girl.

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    Lexi
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 5:05 am

    This looks like a great way to have granita. Perfect for long summer evenings!

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    Li Jiayan
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 5:42 am

    Listening to Justin Bieber Love Yourself (:

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    Stephanie
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 5:46 am

    I finally started listening to the Black Keys, but I have a lot of Beatles tunes going, always. I have never had coffee granite and I must fix that! I would be great for company in the summer. Thanks!

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      Stephanie
      Monday, April 4, 2016 at 5:48 am

      *granita! Damn autocorrect. (I’d probably have coffee granite too though, because, well, coffee. 🙂 )

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    cori
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 5:48 am

    Oh my gosh I would love some of this recipe right now. Looks wonderful!

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    Becca | Spices and Spatulas
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 6:08 am

    This looks INCREDIBLE! It makes me wish spring would hurry up and actually arrive over here in New Jersey. As for music, I’m listening to any warm-weather playlists on spotify, hoping the weather catches up with my mood…

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    Jane Garnett
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 6:13 am

    I’ve been listening to Cuban-Canadian singer songwriter Alex Cuba lately. Latin music that just makes you want to move 🙂
    Love granita but have never made it myself. I’ll have to give it a try.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Nancy
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 6:29 am

    Love Cage the Elephant, Spoon and Neko Case-granita looks awesome!

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    Janice
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 6:34 am

    The coffee granita looks delicious!

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    Caitlin
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 6:36 am

    Mmm coffee and whipped cream, what’s not to like?

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    Susan S.
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 6:44 am

    Early jazz recordings are playing here. And a new recipe for an old favorite from my favorite city is most welcome. Thanks for the giveaway chance. Grazie.

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    Janet T
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 7:01 am

    I have to make this while music from Frankie Cosmo is playing in the background.

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    Carol
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 7:27 am

    Yum! I love anything coffee. My favorite is affogato.

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    Sarah
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 7:28 am

    Yum! I’m not the biggest coffee fan, but that looks amazing! All that whipped cream… 😉
    I’m loving Ellie Holcomb right now. Her songs are so encouraging and uplifting to me.

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    NatalieJ
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 7:40 am

    I’m loving some old school jazz ella fitzgerald and 70s funk at the moment.
    Totally chill and mellow.

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    Jan
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 7:40 am

    looks really interesting, thank you!

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    Kelsey Raymond
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 7:44 am

    I found out about Foy Vance (not Vance Joy) on Spotify last week and I’m loving his music. It’s great music to work to!

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    Linda L.
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 7:58 am

    I’ll have to try this – it certainly beats the coffee shop version which I know contains things I can’t pronounce and that my grandmother had never heard of! I love recipes that are just ingredients that are in my kitchen. I’ll make it as is the first time but then will probably lower the sugar a bit – 8 tablespoons seems a lot. Thanks!

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    Allie S
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 7:59 am

    Leon Bridges!!

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    Jen
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Great recipe! Looking forward to trying it. I often listen to Horse Feathers while in the kitchen.

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    Marlene
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 8:17 am

    I just subscribed an got this email this morning. Great way to start the day. I own a cafe and it always looking for inspiration and new items to offer our patrons. And…a long time ago I was in Italy for a few months and spent time in Rome and fell in love with the city. All good things.

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    Avery
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 8:31 am

    I had exactly this on a sweltering day in Rome this past summer, and it was unbelievably good – I’ll have to try this at home!

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    Britney Nucci
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Bring on summer! This looks lovely….can’t wait to give it a whirl. Husband and I rocking out yesterday to live recording of Manu Chao…..so good. Used to listen to him backpacking around Europe.

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    Marcia
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 8:53 am

    I listen to Pandora at work as background music (my taste goes from classic rock > 70’s stuff> you know, oldies!)
    Ah, Rome…sometimes I’ll listen to Andrea Bocelli and pretend I am there.

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    Georgiana Brady
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 8:57 am

    I love the Beatles! Coffee, Coffee, Coffee how I love it too.

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Boston’s a coffee drinking town… but even more, it’s an ice coffee drinking town. So, I think I could totally get on board with an afternoon coffee granita.

    As I type, I’m grooving to Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. I can’t get enough of their album. It’s been playing on a loop for the last week.

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    Pavlina the food lover
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 9:11 am

    As much as I enjoy my coffee black and pure, this recipe is shouting summer and sunshine and can’t wait to try it! (it would be even better drunk while going through the amazing cookbook 🙂

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    Sara @ Cake Over Steak
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Oh dannnggg what an amazing giveaway! I spent 10 days in Italy in college, most of them in Rome, and it is my favorite place in the whole world. I’m kicking myself for not spending more of my precious college money there on food, instead of museum fees (although that was a great choice, too).

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    Wen
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 9:17 am

    The Granita di Caffe makes me want to reach into my screen and grab it out for a sip! Looks really awesome. I’ve been listening to jazz and bossa nova music recently–perfect background music when I work 🙂

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    Linda Mueller
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 9:22 am

    I love the nostalgia in your musings, want a granita soon, and have been listening to Melody Gardot more than usual, but this morning, a friend is coming to help me clean, and we will mop and dust to Marcia Ball, high-up happy NewOrleans jazz!

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    Ashley Carpenter
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 9:26 am

    I have had Thao and the Getdown Staydown on repeat.

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    Andreia V
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Such a lovely and genius granita!
    I will give it a try as hotter and summery days and nights are upon us.
    I highly recommend you Aurea (Portuguese soul singer). Strong voice and lyrics that touches your heart (hope you enjoy it as much i do) 🙂

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    Ellie | Hungry by Nature
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Well this just looks incredible! I just discovered Låpsley and am way into her.

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    Kelli Abrahamian
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 10:15 am

    The book looks lovely. I would love to have a copy. We’ve been listening to JD McPherson. Heard him on the Current streamed from Minneapolis and now here him in person here in LA any chance we get.

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    MH Rudolph
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Spring = artichokes in Rome!

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    Maneesha Pradhan
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 10:43 am

    I’ve been going old school. Beatles, Humperdinck, Elvis.

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    Ashley Robinson
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 11:37 am

    I am totally addicted to coffee and I might have to find a way to squeeze this granita in on my pregnancy caffeine limit 🙂 As for music, I’ve been feeling a little lost in the mornings since Oake left Cities 97 in the Twin Cities so the Burnt Toast podcast has been on heavy rotation.

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    Sara P.
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 11:41 am

    I loved Katie’s suggested places to eat when I was in Rome last year. The book looks lovely.

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    Rosie Dunningham
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Wonderful giveaway, it looks like a beautiful book and prizes. The winner will be very lucky indeed 🙂 Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of Chvrches and Birdy 🙂 Rosie x

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    Brooke Janssens
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 11:47 am

    This drink is as beautiful as it is delicious! I’d love to have a glass while dancing to “Drinkee” by Sofi Tukker. I’d give that cookbook a whole lotta love and use, believe me.

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    Kimberly R
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 11:53 am

    I have never had a granita before, but I do love coffee.
    p.s. I have been listening to a lot of Coldplay and Calvin Harris most recently.

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    Anne Stephenson
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Rome sounds lovely as it’s on my bucket list. Since I’m all over music wise, I love Radio Paradise.

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    Mari
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Hindi Zahra on the repeat these days, “The Man I Love”, mostly… 🙂 great blog you have, great recipes and photos! Whishing you so much more great stuff! 🙂

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    jan
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Lapsley …Love.

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    Danielle
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Feeling a bit old here — I haven’t heard of hardly any of the musicians/bands mentioned in the comments and I can’t even remember the last album I listed to! But back in the day I would have loved a coffee shop that blasted Soundgarden. 😉

    This granita sounds and looks amazing.

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    Julia@HappyFoods
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Oh my! I don’t drink coffee on regular basis but when I do I like to add some “extras” in it! Never tried this but it looks amazing! Love everything Italian!

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    MaryKay Lawrence
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    I can’t wait to make this coffee drink. It spells a summer afternoon out on our deck enjoying the day!

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    Laura
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    This looks lovely! Hopefully I win this book. Would be the first cookbook I have ever owned!

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    Leslie Woodside
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    I’m looking forward to trying one of these . I’ve also enjoyed reading all the music selections . I can always count on Tim Neufeld and The Glory Boys when I’m in the kitchen !

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    Jenny
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    The book looks so lovely and that drink sounds amazing.
    I’ve been listening to lots of folksy bands lately like Mumford and Sons, The Head and the Heart and The Luminers. And then I found some awesome ones on a spotify playlist called ‘folk pop’. 🙂 My name is Jenny and e-mail is jnntrwbrdg@gmail.com

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    Angela
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    I love anything with coffee, that looks so delicious and refreshing!

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    Alex
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    I use your recipes regularly!
    Deserteagle12345678910@gmail.com

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    Kari
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Morning granita takes me back to Sicily. This looks wonderful!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

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    Camille
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Hi, thanks for the recipe and giveaway! I haven’t been listening to anything new lately but this post just made me want to check out what’s been happening so thanks! Have a great day 🙂

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    Speranza
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    The soundtrack from the movie ‘High Fidelity’ is one of my all-time favorites and is very coffee friendly! As an aside I think this blog is exceptional and since entries are drawn randomly, I am not even sucking up here 🙂
    Cheers regardless from Canada!

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    Shelagh
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    Coffee coffee coffee! Love it! Would love to have this book too!

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    Nancy Nicholls
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    This coffee granita speaks to me! I’m going to buy some beautiful stemware and serve them at my dinner party next week! I can taste the whipped cream, sweet sugar and icy coffee already!

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    Gina
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    I am obsessed with ZZ Ward!

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    Jen
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Summer in Italy right here in Minnesota sounds divine. The National is always a hit in the kitchen for me. May the person(s) chosen enjoy the book for all of us!

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    Susan
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    We have followed many of Katie’s recommendations for Rome. All have been excellent.

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    Rachel
    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    I’ve been listening to Lana Del Rey’s ‘Honeymoon’ more than I would probably care to admit.

    These granitas look just wonderful. I think I know what I’m doing this weekend!

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    Lindsay
    Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 4:00 am

    This looks amazing!!! And love the story! your writing is beautiful!

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    Heather Taylor
    Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 5:57 am

    Looks yummy! I am in the unfortunate season of listening mainly to Cartoon radio on Pandora. Although, they do sometimes play some pretty fun songs like Witch Doctor and Fresh Prince of Bel Aire 🙂

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    Janelle | Sucrose & Spice
    Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 6:01 am

    YUM granitas are so delicious! I’ve loved Billy Joel for forever, but I was recently reminded that his Turnstiles album is just incredible.

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    Geraldine
    Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 6:58 am

    Coffee, every way! Jenny Lewis, every day!

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    Nina
    Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Trevor Hall has been matching my Minnesota- almost, but not quite- Spring mood recently.

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    Liz
    Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 7:54 am

    currently listening to bhangra/pop mashups! super fun 🙂 I’m a big fan of any involving ToveLo or Usher 🙂 And granita is the best! especially with panna on top…yummmm!

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    Elise | Les Filles de Madeleine
    Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Oooh, I can totally imagine myself sitting on the back porch with a coffee granita, flipping through this beautiful book. Oh, and I’d probably be listening to the new Charles Bradley album. Or the live sessions from Villagers. They have nothing to do with Rome, but they’re equally awesome.

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    Ayunda
    Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Gonna be traveling to Italy for the first time this year and granita sounds excellent!

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    Rebecca
    Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 10:21 am

    This book looks aMAZing! As far as music goes, I’ve been listening to a lot of light classical (Mozart wins for spring music!) and Broadway– mostly Andrew Lloyd Webber.

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    Jacky
    Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    I’m loving Susanne Sundfør lately!

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    Katia
    Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    I’m listening Moe ve Otesi, Pink and Depeche Mode. Also like Bebe.

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    Traci keel
    Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    AAAAH! Dying for this cookbook. I’m listening to Chris Stapleton- we live in Nashville, so he’s everywhere right now. I also love Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors. 🙂

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    Kaitlin
    Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    I’ve been listening to more jazz lately. I hated it when I was younger but I’m learning to appreciate it more as an adult. This coffee granita looks so lovely and refreshing for summer!

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    Sofiane Fraihat
    Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Currently listening to Adele 🙂
    SofianeComp@yahoo.com

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    Martha Anter
    Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    I’d love to win the book!

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    Veronica E
    Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    I’m listening to the classical solo piano radio station on Pandora… I don’t think there’s many songs on here but it was nice for a bit

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    Erika
    Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    Would love to try this coffee granita and other recipes from the book!

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    Rebecca
    Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Cold and caffeinated gravitas are a godsend in Rome in the summer! The perfect treat to cut the heat and humidity. This recipe looks lovely – I can’t wait to try it!

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    Jane
    Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Coffee granita may be my favorite summer refresher ever. Now I seriously need to try it with whipped cream.

    I’ve been relistening to the Smiths and Morrissey lately and enjoying them all over again.

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    Latoya
    Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    That looks real good! Yum!

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    Amanda Hollingworth
    Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 4:30 am

    Spring is truly on it’s way here in the South of France, I’m looking forward to whipping up some of that spun cloud granita, might just have to do a road trip to Rome this summer..listening to the Beautiful Girls and Jack Johnson..I hope I win 🙂

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    Ava Chambers
    Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 6:37 am

    I have been traveling around France recently to visit family and see Paris, so naturally Edith Piaf, Serge Gainsbourg, and Brigitte Bardot have been on repeat !!

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    Alper Mitrani
    Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 7:20 am

    I’ve been listening to Low Roar lately. Try while cooking 😉

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    Haylie
    Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Looks like a lovely book! I’m listening to Lucius lately

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    Shirl
    Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Would love the cookbook! I listen to oldies, classic rock.

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    Sharon B
    Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Rome is one of my favorite places!!! Spend a month there a few years ago….next time it will be longer!!! Thanks for offering the giveaway!

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    terry
    Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 11:14 am

    I would love to win this! I fell in love with Rome on my first trip there 10 years ago, and especially love the coffee culture in Rome & all of Italy. Lately, I have been listening to The James Hunter Six!

    Gazie!!

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    Abby
    Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Stunning, stunning photos, Sarah. J’adore. <3

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    Olga
    Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    I’d love to have this book! 🙂
    Thanks for the blog!!!

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    Ileana Valentine
    Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Those are seriously beautiful granitas! Lately, it’s a lot of Carly Rae’s Emotion album. It’s good!

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    Marla
    Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Simple ingredients make such yummy. Love it. Great photography!

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    Sheri Westbrook
    Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    I’ve been listening to a light mix rock radio station where they play a lot of Prince. I’ve really come to appreciate his music.

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    Daniel
    Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Looks amazing!

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    Melanie huttner
    Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    These all look amazing!!!!

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    K. Marie
    Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    This recipe reminds me of our 25th anniversary trip to Italy two years ago! We purposely lost ourselves in each city seeking out the neighborhood restaurants. Oh to go back. My favorite music these days is the gentle chimes out my bedroom window as Spring blows in!

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    Jennna M
    Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 9:10 am

    I´m in love with Of monster and me n 🙂

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    Karin S
    Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    I love 21 pilots

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      Karin S
      Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      karins5050 at gmail dot com

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    Chris Rocco
    Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    If you find yourself in Sicily, the granita in Catania rivals the gelato. It’s not icy, it’s creamy, and it’s served with a hot brioche. Amazing, like most things Italian. : )

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    Giovanna
    Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Ray Charles never fails.

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    Ally
    Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    I am always here for Enter the Haggis, OK Go, and The Mountain Goats. Lately, lots of Gershwin, too 🙂

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    Linda
    Friday, April 8, 2016 at 3:59 am

    This looks like a wonderful book! Lately I’ve been listening to the Bosnian musician Bozo Vreco.

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    Jan
    Friday, April 8, 2016 at 6:12 am

    I love your blog. I recently found my late sister-in-law’s cardamom pound cake recipe here. Now I know it was yours. Thank you.
    How about some Miles Davis and one of these lovely granitas?

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    Penny
    Friday, April 8, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    You had me at the squash blossom dish on the cover. We stayed in Rome for two weeks many moons ago and made the rounds to every cafe and restaurant we could. I’d love to cook from this book. UmUmmGood.

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    Madeleine
    Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    All I can think about when reading this is sipping a cappuccino outside a little cafe in Rome and watching people go about their day. I remember, before leaving to go there for a week, all my friends were telling me about the food in Rome and how amazing it would be, but I’d never been much of a foodie so I didn’t pay much attention to those comments. But when I tasted one bite of the fresh, homemade spaghetti alle vongole, I was a goner! Rome has such a different tone to it then many other cities in Europe; it’s so refreshing, and I fell in love with the charming city and all the delicious food when I visited a couple years ago! Thanks for bringing back so many memories. It is so difficult to capture the beauty and complexity of such a deeply historic city. Beautiful post, and sounds like a beautiful book as well!

    P.S. I’ve found myself listening to a lot of City and Colour lately; you should check it out!

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    Abigail Gray
    Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    The cookbook looks fantastic! I went to Rome when I was 8, and haven’t been back yet, but the vivid memory of all the amazing food hasn’t left!! I’ve been loving Lee Fields and the Expressionists, especially the song Magnolia (both the instrumental version and the original) 🙂

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    sazzlethetraveldazzle
    Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    “A Long Way” – Josh Garrels => https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnpjDExfftE

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    sazzlethetraveldazzle
    Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    P.S. oh no, it looks like I didn’t consider the time difference lying between where you and I live (in Switzerland it’s currently still the 10th April…) – I really hope it’s still possible for me to be part of maybe being chosen for the giveaway :S (?)

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    Laura Coulson
    Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Just happened on your blog through a link on Bloglovin’ and am so happy to find you! Today’s post is beautiful and since I consider coffee to be the nectar of the Gods, perfect timing on my part. I’d love to win the Tasting Rome book and pictures, and share these with a good friend who teaches Latin as if it were still spoken here in Baltimore. Thank you!!!

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    Kelley G
    Monday, April 11, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    What a great blog and a wonderful giveaway!
    I’m boring, I usually listen to my local NPR station.

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    Layla
    Monday, April 25, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Layla Litton
    lrlitton@gmail.com
    loving Florence & the Machine lately :))

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