Getting Ready for Natale

We have almost a full week of festivities this year: December 25, Wednesday Christmas + December 26 is also Saint Stephen’s Day; Friday to recuperate, and prepare for the weekend. Then a couples of days to sit down and plan the new year coming up. Now it is the time to get ready for Xmas […]

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Whole Flours and Other Flours

With Christmas around the corner, we all start to think about baking lots of good sweet stuff that will smell good in the oven and puts us in the right Xmas spirit.  The flour is an important ingredient in baking, and in Italy, there are mainly two types of flower; 0 and 00, and another […]

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Basic Italian: Ecco Fatto!

When I was living in the USA I realized that at times I was loosing my Italian, as I was more and more thinking in English. Even Dreaming in English. But some expressions I never lost (along with basic math, … one always counts & adds in his/hers grammar school language!). One of my most […]

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The Pleasures of Homemade Butter

I like to make my own butter from time to time.  It is not a regular thing, rather a matter of convenience, when in the fridge there is that extra heavy cream that I don’t know what to do with it, like after Thanksgiving, for example, when I needed the heavy whipping cream for the […]

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The Economy of The Venetian Villas

I wrote about the Villas of the Veneto Region in Palladio ”Unhappy Villa, and Villa La Rotonda, or about Villa Pisani. These villas are a fundamental component of the historical and cultural heritage of the Veneto region and their importance has been recognized by UNESCO, which included 24 villas by Andrea Palladio among the world […]

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Sardines

There will be sardines in our political menu this winter After a long hot summer of bold statements and unchecked untrue statements by our political leaders (… one in particular), the political menu changed suddenly and unexpectedly by four 20-somethings lads that had just enough of nastiness, hoax, fake news (they are called ”bufale” here, […]

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Meet Carla

Yesterday I went to a vernissage by my friend Carla. I knew her work already, but I was delighted to see her big paintings displayed so well. The vernissage was held in a furniture showroom, the paintings were the perfect finishing touch to the modern Made in Italy furniture. Carla’s paintings are huge floral canvasses. […]

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