Family

The Harvest

  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…

Auguri per San Valentino!

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  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…

Buon Ferragosto!

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  August 15 is one of the most important Catholic holidays. It celebrates the day that the Blessed Virgin Mary was “Assunta in Cielo” (Assumed body and soul into the…
Flowers

A Garden of Gratitude

  “Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul” -Henry Ward Beecher Spring is my favorite time of the year! My roses and geraniums are in full bloom.…

American as Baseball & Apple Pie

  This weekend, on the heels of last month’s cool weather (68*) vacation, I am in Phoenix, Arizona. The weather is a sweltering 111 degrees … in the shade. A…

Feast of San Giuseppe (March 19th)

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  Saint Joseph, (San Giuseppe) was chosen by the eternal Father as the trustworthy guardian and protector of his greatest treasures, namely his divine Son and Mary, Joseph’s wife. The…

Spaghetti Westerns

  Last Saturday, I attended a Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering. This TTSG (Tucson Troop Support Group) event is an annual fund raiser with all of the proceeds going to…

The Perfect Gift

  “We do not remember days, we remember moments.” Cesare Pavese, Italian poet and novelist. It was the magi, the Three Wise Men, who started the gift-giving custom of Christmas,…

Trivia Game for Food Lovers

  Whether you are an avid reader of gourmet magazines, enjoy planning dinner parties, like to cook or just love good food, this trivia game will have everyone coming back…

Pasta Girl

  Italian Americans were instrumental in the creation of Columbus Day. It was on October 12, 1866, that the Italian community of New York City organized a festa (celebration) in…
No Kid Hungry

No Kid Hungry

Each morning before my son left for school we sat down to a healthy breakfast. Whether it was in a chair at the kitchen table or on more hectic days,…

Golden Polenta with Prosciutto

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  Sur La Table is a national cookware store that also offers cooking classes. Last month for our “date night” Jack and I attended a class in Scottsdale, Arizona, called…

Sicilian Festival

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  In 1993, Mario Cefalu, founder of Solunto’s Bakery wanted to recreate some of the traditions of his native Sicily. His vision included a celebration of music, art and of…

Food Tours

  I believe that through food we really get to taste what is most authentic about a place … and taste is just what we did in Seattle!   What…

Mother’s Day

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  When my son, Joe, was seven years old we went on our very first Mother’s Day trip, (just the two of us) a tradition we have continued for the…

Scottsdale Culinary Festival

    Six days of food, wine and music, sounds like a recipe for a great week to me! Celebrating it’s 34th year, the Scottsdale Culinary Festival’s “Great Arizona Picnic”…

Buona Pasqua!

    Cari Amici, A few of my favorite dessert recipes for this special holiday include; Easter Bunny Cake, Crostata di Ricotta, Spring Cupcakes, Pignoli¬†and of course anything with Cannoli…

Mardi Gras (Carnevale)

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  Carnevale is celebrated in many places around the world and in cities throughout Italy, with Venice being the most well known. The coming of the wisemen bearing gifts to…

If These Jars Could Talk …

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  If these soup-filled jars could talk, they would tell you that they’ve been in the family for some time now and that they will be passed down to the…