A Four-Hour Hike and a Three-Hour Dinner

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 in Italian Food Facts | 0 comments

Yesterday (April 25) was a holiday here in Italy–Liberation Day, marking the day that the Allied troops liberated Italy at the end of World War II. Similar to our Veterans’ Day, there are often parades and political rallies but we chose to avoid the crowds and went instead into the mountains with some friends for a hike in the Valle d’Aosta region, just north of Piemonte where we live. It was a gorgeous morning, perfect for hiking… We soon left the paved road and climbed up on a small...

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Pretty Italian Easter Breads

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 in Holidays, Italian Food Facts | 3 comments

Pretty Italian Easter Breads

Window shopping in Italy is such fun! This past weekend we went with a group of Italian friends to the Lake Como area. (No, we did not see George Cloony’s house though we drove through Laglio where it is located…) During one of our strolls, I saw these lovely packaged Easter breads, and insisted my Good Husband take some photos for you… Each one is lovelier than the next… …with soft pastel colors… …and spring flowers gracing their tops… Inside these lovely...

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Tuscany

Posted on Oct 18, 2011 in A Taste of Italy and Food Demos, Italian Food Facts | 2 comments

Tuscany

Our downstairs neighbors invited us to spend a weekend with them and a group of their friends in Tuscany. Since we lived in Rome for three years, we had been to Florence and had traveled through Tuscany...but to get to go with a group of Italians who really know their food...this was a wonderful opportunity and we jumped at the chance.

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All About Zucchini Blossoms

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 in Italian Food Facts | 2 comments

All About Zucchini Blossoms

Italians love zucchini blossoms...so let me show you several ways to fix them.

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Facts about Pignoli (Pine Nuts)

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 in Italian Food Facts | 0 comments

Facts about Pignoli (Pine Nuts)

Several years ago we stayed in the home of some friends in Rome. In their yard were large pine cones, with open scales. Here’s one we found in the yard this week and took a photo of:   And lo and behold, in between the scales were small seeds (see them?), and each held a pine nut. Whooppee! I was going to get some “œfree” pine nuts! I went through the yard, collecting the pine cones, brought them inside and shook or pried out about a cup of nuts. That was the easy part. Those...

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Facts about Squid

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 in Italian Food Facts | 0 comments

Facts about Squid

Does the word "squid" make you skiddish? Perhaps that's why squid are often referred to by their Italian name on restaurant menus ("calamari" is the plural form of the Italian word "calamaro").

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