Amatriciana in the Blender

September 6, 2011
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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
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 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
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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
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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 […]