A Quattrocento Wall Calendar

I’m beginning to rely on my Smart Phone calendar at the expense, pleasure and visual appeal of my calendar on the wall. Every December I looked forward to buying a calendar for the New Year, displaying it like a work of art, shopping for an interesting theme customized to my taste. One year it was Welsh …

Pumpkin, Pici and Pecorino

Fall is just around the corner in all its culinary glory. I think that autumn is one of the best seasons to embrace your inner Italian and follow the Italian style of cooking with seasonal ingredients that pop with flavor.  With cooler temperatures and rainy weather the hills of northern and central Italy are alive with porcini mushrooms and soon …

A Square that Turns into a Shell and A Pig as a Symbol of Good Government

In the central valley region of Italy known as Tuscany there is a medieval town called Siena set within a landscape of the burnt sienna of a Renaissance artist’s paint brush. The colors of Sienese landscape are as rich and deep as the traditions and history of its people. Mario Batali once said that "nothing can prepare you …