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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The Gardens of Este

Three thousand years of history Atheste was the original latin name of Este, almost 1000 years BC, Este was the center of paleovenetian culture; there flourished a real civilization endowed with strong characteristic elements, which knew how to weave commercial relationships with the most varied populations. A Roman Colony In the first century BC ‘Ateste‘ […]

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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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Beautiful Montagnana

There are pearls set between ancient walls and ramparts. They are the walled cities of the Province of Padua, authentic wonders of history, art and culture. Cittadella, Monselice, Este and Montagnana, as well as obviously Padua. Cities where the present speaks of craftsmanship, food and wine and many new tourist itineraries! But also Verona, Soave, […]

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Yes, We Are Open (and Squeaky Clean)

Benvenuti We are open for business now! We can travel anywhere we like within Italy, and we have opened our borders to all EU countries. Though not all EU countries have opened their borders. But it is just a matter of time. First Day Out June 2 is a national holiday and a good occasion […]

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A New RENAISSANCE?

The coronavirus has really shaken Europe (and the world), testing the society we live in.  The European Commission unveiled a package of aid to help the countries most affected and the EU in general. With this package we may be looking into a New Renaissance, as we are hoping to rebound stronger.  Italy will benefit […]

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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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Some Added Freedom

We got some more freedom to roam! First priority to see friends that are not relatives nor “CONGIUNTI!” The cherry picking was an extra bonus!

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For the Love of Reading—Now is Carofiglio

  Thank You for the Books These past months would have been terrible without books. Camilleri was a prolific writer that entertained nicely with his books. Fortunately, there is another author that I like, and I regularly buy his books when I see a new one. Gianrico Carofiglio Carofiglio has a degree in Law (1986), […]

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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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