International Pumpkin Pie

Aren’t we all ready to put 2020 into the dustbin of history? I definitely AM, and for quite some time now. There is nothing I can do but to wait 30 more days. However, I could practice by getting rid of things and possessions that clutter my house, and that often I didn’t even recollect […]

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Still Time for Thanksgiving

Giving Thanks Regardless It is difficult to celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursdays in Italy. Most people work on that day, so it is best to move it to the weekend, and so here we are. Just a few of us. We have COVID limitations, and we can only have up to six people around our tables. […]

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The Many Good Quiches

Since we are once again spending considerable time among our domestic walls, we are again doing some cooking. By the time we will eradicate this insidious virus we shall be all great Chefs.  Seriously now, this thing is really changing our ways of life. This morning I went to my nearest caffe shop and got […]

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Closed and Sad

Today was our first day of Code Orange lockdown. Sunday is not Sunday with Bars, Pasticcerie, and Restaurants closed. Giving up espresso, cappuccino, and aperitivo is though. We are glad that it is still possible to walk around the town and to use the parks for exercise. So there are many runners around. But to […]

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Orange is the New Code

New provisions signed by our PM to try to contain the new coronavirus wave divided our lovely Italian boot into three color palettes based on the level of alarm. And Orange is my new color-code! The Autumn Colors Yellow = The yellow regions are Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Lazio, Marche, Molise, Sardinia, Veneto and the autonomous province […]

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Of Books and Cathedrals

Recently I read Follett’s latest book “The Evening and the Morning” A prequel to the [more] successful “Pillars of the Earth.” It was the Cathedral building adventures that captivated me, although much more so in the “Pillars” than on this last book. But it was the book that pushed me to visit a Cathedral as […]

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Biancomangiare

“Biancomangiare,” literally means “White Eating”or in French “Blancmange”; it a dish known since the Middle Ages. It is characterized by the presence of white ingredients, considered a symbol of purity. It was intended for the rich and could be found both sweet and salty; milk, lard, chicken breast, almonds, rice were used to prepare it, […]

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Until Further Notice

COVID is back with revenge EU is under a new wave of Covid. No need to give out numbers, every country in the world has its own data and preoccupations. This time thought, Italy is not at the forefront.  The winners are France 1 235 132;  Spain 1 136 503; and United Kingdom 942,275, are the countries with most […]

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Pumpkin Risotto

Looks like we are going to be monitored again this falll. We may as well move to the kitchen and start cooking again. With the new wave of contagions even private gatherings should be limited to 6 persons. So I have still hope for Thanksgiving dinner. We can still carve a pumpkin 🎃 to put […]

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Mamma Mia!

Here we go again. The news are not good; Not only the virus is back again, but it is growing with alarming speed. It is not funny! And with the contagion numbers growing, there are new restrictions. Not as strict as in Feb-March of this year but still nothing to be happy about. It is […]

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Italian Foliage

Foliage is a magical word, just by pronouncing it we are enveloped by that wonderful feeling that only autumn can give us. That sensation caused by the scent of chestnuts, the first heat of the fireplace, and the scent of citrus. I must say that nothing beats the majestic USA foliage display. It is just […]

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Carrot Focaccia

As COVID is back let’s start baking again… Not a Cake, but a Soft Focaccia Soft focaccia with carrots: easy and light recipe with no eggs, no butter, just a little flour, yeast, a couple of grated carrots and a few leaves of thyme to bring to the table a soft orange-colored focaccia, just in […]

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