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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Back to my Alma Mater - Part 2

Back to my Alma Mater - Part 2
  On March 4, 2012, as part of the celebrations of Women's History Month , I had the pleasure to be invited by the Alumni Associations of St. John's University and speak to my fellow Alumnae from the ...
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Happy Holidays - Buon Natale - Merry Christmas

Happy Holidays - Buon Natale - Merry Christmas
Enjoy this beautiful Christmas song performed by Luciano Pavarotti: "Tu Scendi dalle Stelle"      
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My Little Bottega

My Little Bottega
  When I started this wonderful Cooking with Nonna project, I never imagined that it would one day lead me into following the footsteps of both my great nonna Regina and my nonna Romana. You see, over...
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Arrivederci Seattle

Just a few days ago I have come back from one of the most memorable experiences of my life... a trip to Seattle to host La Festa Italiana ! I must confess that Seattle is absolutely a jewel of a city ...
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My First National Gourmet Institute Experience!

My First National Gourmet Institute Experience!
    Many of you know that I've recently completed the Natural Gourmet Institute's 30th annual Summer Intensive class.  As someone in the food business I believe in being an eternal student.  My class ...
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Festa Italiana - Seattle

Festa Italiana - Seattle
  My Dear Friends, I'm so excited to have been invited as the Special Guest at the Festa Italiana in Seattle which will take place on September 24 & 25, 2011. At this event I will be doing a demo on e...
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ITALY with ROSSELLA

ITALY with ROSSELLA
  Italy with Rossella   Come with me! Vieni con Me! ...on a Culinary Tour of a Lifetime in Sunny Puglia & Campania! Italy... Coast to  Coast!!!   Featuring Cooking lessons by local Nonne!    &   My Ho...
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Happy Nutella Day!

Happy Nutella Day!
      ALAS! It's here! The day of all days! It's National Nutella Day my friends! My favorite substance ever invented.  To me, it is truly the divine food of the Gods.  A glorious, chocolatey velour o...
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My Virtual Trip to Sardegna!

My Virtual Trip to Sardegna!
    The other nite I was invited to a wonderful event in New York City organized by Alta Cucina Society and Regione Sardegna. The event was to present some of the specialty food of a wonderful region ...
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Sopressata Time!!!

Sopressata Time!!!
      Another glorious day of food is upon us! And today, as you all know is National Sopressata Day. For no other reason than because we here at Cooking With Nonna said so! Now, if you all at home ar...
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La Befana

La Befana
    Ciao Bambini! - Hello Children! La Befana viene di notte con le scarpe tutte rotte col vestito alla Romana: Viva viva la Befana!   My Nonna Romana used to say this to me every year ...
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