Dining in Paradise

In these times of Post-Covid (not so sure it is really “post”), businesses need to reinvent themselves. Restaurants in particular, with their necessity to keep customers “socially distanced” can really be a challenge. Moreover, most fancy weddings, where canceled or postponed; see Princess Beatrice of England and her Italian beau, for example.  Weddings cancellations was […]

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Cold Coffe …, not cooled

And now that the heat is here let’s talk about cold coffe. Not just one fancy SUMMERY COLD NESPRESSO, like the one I described sometime ago. But a really cool drink to refresh our hot summer days, true “pick-me-up” drinks indeed. Cold Coffee It shouldn’t be coffee that was just cooled down. Too often coffee […]

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Frying Blossoms & Leaves

For The Love of Sage I like to have a vase of it on my window sill, besides looking good, I love to cook with sage too, especially with the freshly picked sage smelling so good once on your kitchen countertop.  Hint-Hint;  To a friend of mine to keep a pot or two of fresh […]

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Dressing Every Shape of Pasta

Pasta for Italians is a serious matter. Italy is the world leader both in production, with over 3.2 million tons, and in consumption (read eating), with the approximately 24 kg per ”Italian-head” per year. Each region, has its own recipe and each region has its favorite format among the over 300 shapes of pasta that […]

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Sage Pesto – For a Change

Almond & Sage Now that sage blooms beautifully it’s compelling to consider some out of the ordinary ways to use this fragrant herb in the kitchen. Sage & Almond Pesto is just the thing, to solve those “what am I going to cook today?” moments. Actually, some time ago a friend invited me to dinner […]

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Wine Tasting in Paradise

What’s best to do in these times of restrictions than a visit a winery for an afternoon of wine-tasting, immersed in green surroundings. We craved fresh air and sunshine, an invitation to visit a small winery in the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, was a welcomed surprise.  Paradiis Winery Paradiis Winery was founded at the end of […]

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Fresh Mint Panna Cotta

Because I’ve been talking about herbs in the kitchen, I thought of proposing a Panna Cotta with a refreshing twist. Panna Cotta with Mint As my previous recipes: A REFRESHING PANNA COTTA; and PANNA COTTA WITH A HINT OF ROSES; this one is made just the same way, except to use the leaves of fresh mint (instead […]

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Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme

Tell her to find me an acre of land 🎶 Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme Simon & Garfunkel: “Scarborough Fair“ Windowsill Herbs I always grow herbs on my windowsill, it is a very Italian thing to do. This year because of the Quarantine even more time was dedicated to the planting of herbs. It was […]

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Cycling Among Poppies and Villas

Some Freedom at Last As restrictions are loosening–still with some limitations–the best way to enjoy the beautiful days of spring was to go for a bike ride.  Alpe-Adria Cycle Path The Alpe Adria Cycle Path is a beautiful bike trail that starts in Austria, Salzburg to be precise, then onto the Austrian-Italian border and on […]

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Risi & Bisi a Veneto Dish

Rice and Peas A typical dish from the Veneto region, in particular from the city of Venice, but also from the province of Vicenza and Verona, based on rice and peas. A dish to be enjoyed especially in spring, when there are fresh peas, the basic ingredient of this delicious first course. For this preparation […]

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The Remains of Easter

Easter this year was a uncomplicated affair. The authorities announced severe measure for those that planned to sneak to resorts or even to go to their weekend house. Most people complied. So we tried to maintain some of the traditions in the quiet of our homes. Surely there was a lot of cooking judging from […]

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Italians; The Bread Makers!

Italians–bakers, pastry chefs, and pizza makers  The coronavirus mandatory reclusion has opened the ovens of kitchens all over Italy and the favorite pastime of men and women has become “kneading” at full blast! The Results  For days in most supermarkets, the yeast stocks have been depleted, just like the masks in the pharmacies. And so […]

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