A Roaring 2020

The last day of the year!  This year is not just a new year,  it’s a new decade, who knows? maybe we’ll have the “roaring 20s” again! What to say other than looking back at the decade past for an assessment. A decade that started with the release of the first-ever iPad! The ”#MeToo” movement; […]

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Panettone or Pandoro

Better Panettone or Pandoro? Easy, panettone is the king!  It’s a match between a heavyweight champion and an experienced and light competitor.   Panettone is the best natural leavened artisan dessert;  delicious thanks to the ingredients and a multi-phase fermentation that gives complex aromas, but very complicated to make and even more difficult to master. […]

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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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