Goodbye Sweet Twinkie!

November 21, 2012
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The tragic fate of America’s beloved Twinkie has even made the pages of Italian newspapers.  Italians, who pride themselves on their healthy Mediterranean diet, are fascinated by the eating habits of Americans.  Italians generally eat pasta at lunch, fruit for dessert and perhaps dip some bread in olive oil, or have a small scoop of […]

Big, Fat Slobs

April 3, 2012
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Dear Blog Readers, In this blog I have allowed myself to be a little fast and free with my stereo-types about Italians – fretful Mammas who spoil their sons, spoiled sons who stay home until they are 40 with their Mammas who iron their undies, crazy cursing drivers, butt-pinching men, big breasted women who serve […]

Caffe’ All’Italiana – Coffee Italian Style

March 7, 2012
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Drinking coffee is a unique experience in Italy and it is nothing like drinking coffee in the United States. An Italian caffe’, or espresso, comes in a tiny white cup and it is a deep brown syrupy-looking liquid at the bottom with a few little lighter brown bubbles around the edges. Italians stand at the […]

A Mixed up Brunch

January 19, 2012
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It didn’t take long living in Rome for me to develop a giant cooking complex. Cooking is not my forte and I soon realized that every time I cooked Italian food for a dinner party I got something terribly wrong (see post Amatriciana in the Blender). Italians love Italian food and are not particularly adventurous […]

The Fine Art of the Christmas Broth

December 23, 2011
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For Christmas 2010, I decided to do an American Thanksgiving-style menu for the extended family. I ordered the turkey and went to the specialty store to get cranberry sauce and put together a menu. But, this being Italy, I wanted to be sure to serve a pasta course first. In Italy, you always need to […]

Something Fishy in Rome

December 13, 2011
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As Christmas nears in Rome, I get antsy about holiday traditions. I become achingly nostalgic about the New England Christmases of my childhood. I miss the family outing to cut down the Christmas tree, and the project of putting it up and decorating it. I miss making, baking and decorating Christmas cookies with my mother […]

Buttando la Pasta (Throwing the Pasta)

November 9, 2011
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One evening my husband Gustavo called me at 7 pm as I was getting ready to leave the office. “ARE YOU LEAVING?!!?” he demanded. “Yes, yes,” I replied, “I’m just running out the door. “ “OKAY, leave NOW, because sto buttando la pasta.” (I am throwing the pasta.) ‘Throwing the pasta’ is an important concept […]

Porcini Mushroom Adventure

September 13, 2011
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Food is nearly always top priority for Italians. A certain delicacy may even be worth physical risk.  One example is the behavior of Roman cameraman Massimo Mariani.  According to the story recounted to me by CBS producer/editor Jos Mason, Massimo was in the back of a jeep headed with a CBS crew down some rough […]