The Tailhook and the Elegant Dinner Party

September 10, 2011
By | in Being Mamma | 13 Comments

There have been exciting moments on the job at APTN that I could use to surprise Italians who might have believed in my ‘Brava Mamma Italiana’ act. During the wars in Bosnia and Kosovo, APTN frequently sent us onto aircraft carriers from which fighter jets were flying bombing missions.  Getting flown onto an aircraft carrier […]

Linguini and Luscious Legs

September 7, 2011
By | in Women in Italy | 30 Comments

The summer in Italy is a particularly trying time for a woman, especially in the sunny South.  Rome is boiling hot in July and August, and Romans clear out of the city, heading for the mountains or beaches, leaving the tourists to swelter as they plod from the Coliseum to St. Peter’s Square.  Anyone who […]

Bucatini all’Amatriciana

September 6, 2011
By | in Italian Recipes | 3 Comments

[amd-zlrecipe-recipe:3] Recipe courtesy of Suzanne Dunaway, from her cookbook Rome, at Home.        

Amatriciana in the Blender

September 6, 2011
By | in Food Fiascos | 8 Comments

One of the most popular Italian pasta dishes is Bucatini all’Amatriciana.  Bucatini is a sort of fat spaghetti and the Amatriciana sauce is made with tomatoes, pieces of guanciale (a type of  bacon) and onion.  I learned how to make this sauce but then I decided that I didn’t like chunks of tomatoes, bacon and […]

From Tritons to Mermaids

September 5, 2011
By | in Art and Life | 2 Comments

 It was the first day of school today for my daughter who was starting Junior High School and this American Mom got it all wrong. On the school website it said that the kids were supposed to be there between 9 and 9:40. At 9:10 I was driving to school and the cell phone rang […]

Mozzarella Kids

September 3, 2011
By | in Being Mamma | 6 Comments

Probably the most popular and symbolic Italian delicacy is the mozzarella.  A mamma friend once explained to me that she was worried she was raising her children to be mozzarellas.  A lot of Americans think of mozzarella as that yellowy, gooey glop on the top of a cheese pizza. That doesn’t count.  Real Italian mozzarella […]

How I Ended Up in Italy

September 1, 2011
By | in Food Fiascos | 20 Comments

When I was 20, I was convinced I would become a well-known television correspondent in Asia.  I started out well, spending a year covering political upheavals in the Philippines, and then I won a scholarship to get a Masters Degree in South East Asian Studies at Columbia University in New York.  The first day, the […]