Grandma Nerina Vivardo with Mary's Mother

Cookie Heritage: Grandma Vivardo's Italian Fig Cookies and Family Recipes

My Grandma Vivardo is my cookie muse; her story is—among other things—the story of how a proud Italian-American culinary tradition crossed an ocean, endured a century of tinkering in the kitchens of America, and thrives today.
Thanksgiving Table Setting

Tips for Setting a Perfectly Pretty Thanksgiving Table

This Thanksgiving, many of us will be having smaller gatherings than usual. I believe that makes it all the more important to ensure your table decorations look extra-special. Here are some tips and guidelines that I follow to help create a beautiful Thanksgiving spread with a minimum of chaos and anxiety.
August 31, 2022 — Mary DiSomma