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Advent

Tweet Advent marks the beginning of the church’s liturgical year. It is a season of joyful expectation, hope and preparation for the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ. The traditions began in the Roman Catholic church in the fourth century. Advent comes from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming” and is comprised of the four […]

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Thanksgiving

Tweet In the United States, many of us learned about Thanksgiving in grade school. We were taught that the fifty-three pilgrims (the only colonists to survive the long voyage on the Mayflower and the first brutal winter in the New World), were celebrating the fall harvest. As adults, we understand there is more to the […]

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All Saint’s Day & All Soul’s Day

Tweet In Italy and Sicily, nearly every small town has its own patron saint with their own celebratory feast day. The celebration known as La Festa Ognissante (All Saint’s Day), is a solemn holy day of the Catholic church to honor all the saints on the calendar and occurs on November 1. This is a […]

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The Harvest

Tweet We were the first to arrive. The cool, crisp, invigorating air, typical of a northern California autumn morning, was perfect for a day of olive picking. The sun had not yet made its appearance, but the luminescence of the pre-dawn morning was just enough to guide Jack and me to the terrace that wrapped […]

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Buona Pasqua!

Tweet   Buona Pasqua mi amici!

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Almond Flour vs Almond Meal

Tweet Almond flour verses almond meal; are these ingredients the same thing? Although, some (myself included) use the terms interchangeably, technically, they are not exactly the same. Almond flour is the term used when referring to ground “blanched” (without the skin) almonds with a consistency that is similar to regular flour. Almond meal pertains to […]

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Raw Garlic vs Cooked Garlic

Tweet Have you ever wondered why some recipes call for chopped garlic while others list minced, sliced or even whole cloves? When using fresh raw garlic it’s important to know that “how” you cut it directly affects the flavor intensity. When you cut into a raw garlic clove, you are rupturing the cells. The finer the clove is […]

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Auguri per San Valentino!

Auguri per San Valentino!

Tweet Italy has a long and rich history of famous loves and lovers. Giacomo Casanova, the famous Venetian womanizer and Rudolf Valentino, the Italian sex symbol, are two that immediately come to mind. And who hasn’t heard of Shakespeare’s immortalized lovers, Romeo and Juliet or Dante’s ill-fated couple, Paolo and Francesca? Italy is the land […]

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How to Grate Nutmeg

Tweet Nutmeg, the healthy spice that takes a back seat to your everyday spices for much of the year, comes out swinging during the holidays. This seemingly seasonal spice is used to flavor cookies, cakes and pumpkin pie, as well as soups, sauces and squash dishes and has dusted many a cup of hot chocolate, […]

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California Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Competition

Tweet The California State Fair recently held its inaugural Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Competition and the winning oils will be proudly displayed during the California Exposition and State Fair – July 10-26, 2015. The Extra-Virgin Olive Exhibit is located in California Building-B, with experts on hand to answer everything you want to know about olive oil. […]

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