New Year New Wining’s

 As the saying goes life is too short to waste watching bad movies, eating bad pizza or drinking bad wine so here are a few New Year's Resolutions for Wine Lovers. • Resolve to drink unfamiliar grapes –according to Alexis Lichine, writer of the first encyclopedic guide to wine and spirits “the best way to …

This is Not Balsamic Land

In the pantheon of Italian food products one type of vinegar stands above all others, Aceto Balsamico from Modena but it is NOT the only vinegar in Italy.  A mere yodel away from Switzerland in Italy's Northern SudTirol, the Trentino-Alto Adige  is a melting pot  of cooking and cultures that result in a distinctive mixture of …

Food Brings Life to the Table – Write About It

I'm a big fan of food writing  specifically about the experience of eating. It may have to do with my  taste travels in Italy with my Italian family and friends, shopping, eating and cooking together. Or it may have to do with memories of family gatherings where food was often the centerpiece of the celebration. After 15 years and …

Collecting Christmas in Italian Silver and Gold

If you celebrate Christmas you probably have a collection of Christmas ornaments, snowmen or some other unique and treasured pieces that you lovingly use to decorate your home for the holidays. My mother loved Santas, for years I collected Nutcrackers and vintage Americana Christmas. I have a few family ornaments made of hand blown glass from the 1950's that have …