Tweet Ash Wednesday, the day after Mardi Gras, marks the first day of Lent. For Christians around the world, it is a time of prayer and penance, fasting and abstinence, reflection ...
In Italy, il caffe, expertly prepared, is more then just a cup of coffee, it is a religious experience. In the neighborhood cafe, (called a bar) daily life begins with a cacophony of sounds. With perfect timing and in symphonic harmony, the hissing of the milk steamer, tapping of filters being emptied, the clattering of […]
Samantha Cristoforetti, a thirty-seven year old Italian Air Force Captain and fighter pilot, is the first Italian woman astronaut. Currently working and living on the International Space Station, Captain Crisoforetti, is the flight engineer for Expedition 42/43. It is no coincidence that this mission marked the debut espresso launched into space for its maiden voyage. Designed […]
Italians characterize fennel (and eggplant) as being either male or female. The “female” fennel has a thick, round, short, stocky bulb that is used raw in salads and also in cooking. The flatter, elongated “male” fennel is primarily used in cooking. The simplest way to enjoy this root vegetable is to drizzle olive oil over […]
In the United States and Canada, fennel is sold as anise or sweet anise. Although, they both come from the same plant family, fennel and anise are not the same thing. They are two distinctively different plants. The entire fennel plant (bulbs, stalks, seeds and fronds) can be consumed. Only the seeds of an anise […]
Winter in Sicily is all about the citrus; Oranges, lemons, grapefruit, kumquats, tangerines and citron. The entire island is covered with citrus trees filling the air with their intoxicating fragrance. These winter fruits are perfect plucked right from the tree–no utensils needed. Of course, you may also turn them into marmalade and preserves, squeeze into […]
Not only is this a great condiment to have on hand in your own refrigerator, it ‘s also a wonderful, thoughtful gift any time of the year. Because it’s so versatile, I often make a double or triple recipe when I know I’m going to be super busy. This allows me to be able to […]