“I am going to kill HER!!!!”

October 11, 2011
By | in Language and Gestures | 6 Comments

As with many languages, Italian nouns are either masculine or feminine which occasionally has caused me confusion.  Perhaps the most alarming example was one summer shortly after we were married. In the middle of the night, Gustavo snapped on the light, grabbed a magazine, rolled it up, jumped up on the bed and started repeating, […]


From Brats to Pimples and Peas, Italian Language for Moms

One of my favorite aspects of the Italian language are the endings ‘ino’, ‘one’, and ‘accio’. You can change the nature of a word just by adding one of those three endings. ‘Ino’ (pronounced eee-no) makes the subject small, ’one’ (pronounced oh-nay) makes it big, and ‘accio’ (pronounced ah-choh) makes it bad.  So a door, […]


The Amanda Knox Reality Show

Amanda Knox is now back at home in Seattle, APTN has pulled out its satellite truck, we’ve pulled the cables out of the courtroom, packed up our computers, and now I am back in Rome. After spending six days in Perugia, I finally have a moment to write down some of my reflections on the […]


Curt Knox’s Vigil

It is a gorgeous, sunny, cool fall day in Perugia. The locals are out strolling up and down the central Corso Vannucci enjoying the sunshine while the hundreds of journalists here for the Amanda Knox verdict are scurrying around trying to do background stories.                       […]


Waiting for Amanda

I am now one of the more than 400 journalists who have been accredited to cover the verdict in the Amanda Knox appeals trial. It is expected on Monday. Friday was the last full day of courtroom hearings. Here is my behind the scenes look at what was going on both in and outside the […]


Amanda Knox – Countdown to the Verdict

Déjà vu. On Thursday I am heading back up to Perugia to cover the verdict in the Amanda Knox Appeals Trial.  Hundreds of journalists, including lots of Americans, have gathered in this Umbrian hill town, just as they did two years ago. The satellite trucks are packed in tightly in the small piazza in front […]


Mom’s Blueberry Pie Recipe

September 27, 2011
By | in Super Mammas | 3 Comments

By popular demand, Mom’s Blueberry Pie Recipe Pastry for 9” pie: 2 cups flour 1 tsp salt 2/3 cup plus tbsp more shortening 4 tbsp  water   Mix dough and then divide in half for upper and lower crust. Pie filling for a 9” pie plate: 4 cups blueberries 1 cup sugar 3 tbsp flour […]


Blueberries and Grapes, Hunting and Gathering

September 27, 2011
By | in Italian Culture | 9 Comments

There is nothing better for a little female solidarity than a blueberry patch. My mother raised me on New England blueberry picking. Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont. If there was a blueberry patch, my Mom would find it. Of course her blueberry afternoons were followed by blueberry evenings with scrumptious, gooey, messy, purply blueberry pies. […]