Say Cheese(s)

Cheeses Made in Italy It was not easy at all to write about cheese. There are so many that i was at loss. I didn’t know if I should list them alphabetically, by region, by type, by the level of likability, or popularity. There are about 487 varieties of cheeses in Italy (but Wikipedia lists […]

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Chocolate Ravioli

Giovanni Rana is the grandfather that all marketing students would like, the real savvy of the “large-scale retail trade” hype.  Here is his new product  Sweet chocolate ravioli by Giovanni Rana, a limited edition from the famous supermarket pasta factory. The product that was first launched in 2009 (with little success), but now in the […]

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The One & Only Bolognese Ragù

Because of Social Media there are soo many recipes out there, and with COVID Restrictions, even more surfaced.  I always thought that I do not want to compete with all that, instead to talk about a more general indication on the food habits in Italy, and culinary products. I also thought that all those were […]

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The Flourishing of Home Delivery Businesses

With the closure of regular restaurants because of COVID there is a flourishing of Take-Out, Home-Delivery and the like. What was once a novelty and an extravagant way of life for most Italians, now it is a de facto thing! The choices are plentiful!  Pizza, which it was always a Take-Out thing, but now one can […]

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Cooking the Day After

There is more than Christmas Day in Italy. We also have St. Stephen Day, a full-fledged holiday. In pre-COVID days it would be still a day with family, maybe the less immediate family. A good day, less stressful. Although this COVID year (after all our past complaining about a too much commercialized Christmas), with the […]

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Baking in Golden Yellow

Last week while having an aperitif with a friend, I was served a small bruschetta with prosciutto, but I was puzzled by the bread; it was golden yellow and delicious. I had to know more about it. The server told me that it was bread with curcumin. He said that the bread not only tastes […]

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ITALIAN FAST FOOD

For all those “I Don’t know what to cook” moments… I think we all have those moments, maybe even the great chefs have them.  Usually the spaghetti garlic, oil, and hot pepper solve a hot meal adequately.  Eventually we can solve it with the “let’s get a pizza“ moment. But aside from those solutions, when […]

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Baby it’s Raining Outside

And Other Complications From now to the 21st we are granted a little more freedom. Restaurants and caffees are open; just until 6:30 pm, but that is good enough. Stores are also open. The season of shopping is now, and that is why there are these somewhat looser rules now.  Unfortunately the number of contagions […]

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Radicchio

Radicchio is that beautiful and eye-catching vegetable that makes the joy of every photographer when strolling at any Farmers’ Market in Italy. You’ll see it from now, until the beginning of March. I helps replenish our diets with the needed vitamins (A & B), and minerals. It is pronounced raˈdikkjo.  Radicchio is the result of […]

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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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