My Love Affair with Coffee!

My Love Affair with Coffee!
What does one say about an espresso machine? Well, when you have a debatable espresso addiction as I do there is a lot to be said.  I've been drinking coffee regularly for at least 15 years now. Espre...
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La Rificolona or Lantern Festival in Florence

La Rificolona or Lantern Festival in Florence
It is one of Florence's more popular tradition: it is called la Rificolona: Lantern Festival and takes place on September 7.   Coloured paper lanterns are on display in the city center, held by childr...
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Il Palio dei Capatosta in Mola di Bari

Il Palio dei Capatosta in Mola di Bari
By Francesco Di Paolo; Translation by Mauro Miccolis After an exciting performance, the “Contrada della Terra” has been awarded with the prestigious title of “Golden Champion 2012” at the Palio dei Ca...
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Duomo of Siena Mosaics

Siena, one of the top hill towns to visit in Tuscany, has two events not to be missed. First is the exciting horse race for the Palio of Siena , run twice in summer around Siena's main square, Piazza ...
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At the Milwaukee Festa Italiana - 2012

At the Milwaukee Festa Italiana - 2012
Hey Everyone! I wanted to share some behind-the-scenes stuff about my trip to Milwaukee for the Festa Italiana.  Let me tell you, I was completely blown away by the unity of this organization.  This w...
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Nonna Denzio's Ravioli

Nonna Denzio's Ravioli
Culinary influences come in many different forms and sometimes it takes the lens of time to focus all the different influences that make us who we are. I must say that I can draw on a variety of influ...
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Wines of Apulia: The Primitivo from Old Bushes

Wines of Apulia: The Primitivo from Old Bushes
Preserving the old vine bushes has been a major driver for Morella Vini. Behind Morella Vini stands Lisa Gilbee, a graduate in oenology from Roseworthy, South Australia that went to practice in Tuscan...
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Speak to Me

Speak to Me
  I would say that her name is Mary.  Wouldn’t you?  I wish she could speak to me.  In a way she does.  Her upturned eyes and expression speaks volumes.  But there is so much more I want to know.  Det...
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Limoncello Mousse

Limoncello Mousse
    The first time you try Limoncello your eyes will open wide and your senses will overload.  First off the intense lemon hits your tongue.  Next, the slightly bitter tanginess  of lemon rind fills y...
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Earthquake Fundraiser with NIAF

Earthquake Fundraiser with NIAF
  Dear Friends, as you know, about one month ago, the beautiful region of Emilia-Romagna in Italy was devastated by a violent earthquake that took many lives, destroyed many homes and monuments and ca...
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Strawberry Shortcake Goes Italian

Strawberry Shortcake Goes Italian
    L et's take this very American dessert and give it an Italian twist for a simple Summertime treat, especially while strawberries are in season.  Cut up a pint of fresh sweet strawberries into slic...
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A Taste of Italy in Alaska

A Taste of Italy in Alaska
    “Buon Viaggio!”    Now THAT is what we should have heard as we boarded for an Alaskan cruise in Seattle last month.   First of all, we came to find out that our beautiful, 930’ long ship, The Star...
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Grilled Fennel, Orange and Buffalo Mozzarella Salad

Grilled Fennel, Orange and Buffalo Mozzarella Salad
Bright sunshine , olive groves, citrus trees, rolling hills and beautiful beaches are just a few things that I remember about my travels to Sicily.  Small cars and scooters buzzing around the tight, l...
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Infiorata - Flower Carpets for Corpus Domini Processions

Infiorata - Flower Carpets for Corpus Domini Processions
One of the most colorful festivals held throughout Italy is the infiorata , the creation of flower petal carpets or tapestries. Usually the infiorata is held for Corpus Domini, also called Corpus Chri...
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Il Mulino di Firenze, for those looking for somewhere different to stay

Il Mulino di Firenze, for those looking for somewhere different to stay
When looking for a hotel in Florence, you may want to look down river for a little gem. Normally when I stay in Florence I stay in one of the hotels in the centre of the city but this time I thought w...
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Bardolino by the Lake

Bardolino by the Lake
  For many years I have wanted to go to Bardolino and a recent trip back to Italy gave me an opportunity. I would leave a couple of days early and stay in Bardolino before I went to a wine show in nea...
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A Crochet Bedspread in my Italian Trunk

A Crochet Bedspread in my Italian Trunk
A few days ago, I decided to crack open one of my two Italian trunks and live a little.     My Trunks Shipping Tag - Naples to New York   I have been married 44 years and have owned this crochet bedsp...
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The Veteran That I Knew Best

The  Veteran  That I  Knew  Best
  My father – Vincenzo Luigi Manzelli.  He served in Europe from June 1941 until September 1945 and being born in 1914, he was one of the older “boys”.  He had fun stories about throwing cases of wine...
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Panna Cotta all'Amaretto

Panna Cotta all'Amaretto
Amaretto Panna Cotta         Comfort food, easy comfort food.  Whether it is an eggy oven baked custard or Italy's voluptuous Panna Cotta, creamy dairy based are always a hit.  I experiment with Panna...
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La Rasola

La Rasola
    La Rasola is a very old tool used by ladies in Puglia to make Orecchiette and Cavatelli. This particular elegant Rasola was made for me by a dear fan, Luigi Liuzzi, living in Los Angeles, CA. His ...
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