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Category: Italy

Marsala Memories: Sicilian Caponata

Marsala Memories: Sicilian Caponata

Last summer, Pete and I were in Marsala, Sicily to attend the beautiful wedding of our friends, Matteo and Giovanna. We were very excited to share our friends’ special day. As an added bonus, we had an “excuse” to go to Marsala, a town that […]

Lucky Lentil Soup

Lucky Lentil Soup

  I started off 2017 with Red Lentil Ragu, so I guess it is only fitting that I end the year with a Red Lentil recipe. Italians are superstitious. For the incoming New Year, you must wear red underwear for luck. The underwear has to […]

It’s All About the Olives!

It’s All About the Olives!

If I seem a little tired this week, it’s because I spent most of last week climbing trees. Almost 100 trees to be exact. Was I having a childhood flashback? Nope. I was climbing olive trees. As I’ve mentioned before, in Italy, olive oil is special. […]

Le Celle Hermitage, Cortona, Italy

Le Celle Hermitage, Cortona, Italy

When you mention Italy and specifically Tuscany, most people will say: “Oh, under the Tuscan Sun”. While everyone may not have read the famous book by Frances Mayes (or seen the extremely loosely-adapted movie starring Diane Lane), they know the title. Most also know that […]

Escape to Elba

Escape to Elba

Able was I, ere I saw Elba. This saying might be the most famous palindrome of all time and yes, when I think of Elba, the island off the coast of Tuscany, this always pops into my mind. I’ve wanted to go to Elba for a […]

Italian Zucchini Pickles

Italian Zucchini Pickles

An abundance of zucchini from the garden in Italy has lead to various zucchini recipes in my past. I’ve made zucchini soup, zucchini relish, zucchini sauce, Katharine has made zucchini bread – both plain and chocolate – and I’ve even stuffed and fried zucchini flowers. […]

Palio delle Barche (Boat Palio)

Palio delle Barche (Boat Palio)

If you were in Italy yesterday, Sunday, July 30, you would have seen an unusual site on Lago Trasimeno. Lago Trasimeno is the fourth largest lake in Italy. Although it is large, it is a shallow lake which makes it ideal for swimming and boating. […]