Pistachio-Mania

Since my childhood I had a long love affair with Pistachio Ice Cream. I loved the pastel green color, and of course the subtle and smooth sweet & savory taste. It was a classic, especially paired with Vanilla (for me). It stands out for that its delicate and salty aftertaste, which can be perfectly combined […]

Read More

Our Passion for Herbs

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme Whether it is for passion or pleasure, for cooking or for decorating: cultivating herbs and small [kitchen] plants on the balcony is  a trend!   All of the above can be grown on a pot. There are a few rules to follow, but nothing too arduous! It can be done, […]

Read More

Spring-Time Quiche

Rendez-Vous des Amis Quiche I am very much into a Spring mood, the clouds over my head, however, have a much different mood in mind! What best than a Spring Quiche to fight the battle of moods. Of quiches (recipes) is full the Internet, and I do love to make them all. I found that […]

Read More

Potatoes Skewers

I made these potatoes from a recipe I saw on TV. I confess I didn’t believe it too much, instead, it works well and it is pretty good.  A super-easy way to serve potatoes along with other grilled food.  All you need is some good potatoes–new potatoes work best–some skewers (1 per potato ), a […]

Read More

Last Minute Spaghetti that Never Fails

There are a few dishes that  ever fail to save the day.  The first one  is “Spaghetti Oil & Garlic, ” from there it can be upgraded to “spaghetti oil & garlic AND peperoncino” the spicy one 🌶, best if fresh; then “spaghetti with the above + anchovies.” Eventually, add capers, and freshhly chopped parsley […]

Read More

All Those Zucchini

What can we do with all those zucchini now that the season of plenty is coming up? A Tart We can’t feed the ducks with the overproduction, therefore I always look for new ways to cook them, and if I do not find a new one, then I adapt liberally from others, substituting one ingredient […]

Read More

Easter Sunday

Another Easter in Lockdown Per se it is not that bad, it is just Easter but less pretentious. More intimate, no travel to fashionable places, nothing much. It is even less stressful. I recall I thought the same about Christmas, and NY Eve. Some traditions can be maintained nevertheless, like having the typical “Colomba Pasquale” […]

Read More

Highlights of the (Lockdown) Day

Italy and the EU is struggling with high numbers of infected people, hospital emergency rooms are full, and the vaccine is not coming in fast enough.We are living last year situation all over again, and we are expecting even more restricted rules for the upcoming Easter weekend. Roaming the Empty Streets We still can go […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More