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 … Continue reading New Year New Wining’s


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 … Continue reading This is Not Balsamic Land

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 … Continue reading Food Brings Life to the Table – Write About It

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 … Continue reading Collecting Christmas in Italian Silver and Gold

An Olive Oil FingerPrint

The lines and whorls of a fingerprint are a distinctive mark of a person, a biometric impression that identifies who you are. The cultivating, harvesting and pressing of the olive to produce oil leaves a fingerprint that reflects the care and commitment of artisan producers and estate farms where each bottle of oil is an expression of the ancient terroir of the … Continue reading An Olive Oil FingerPrint

I’m So Hungry I Could Eat a _______________.

How many times have you said this? I'm famished, I'm starving, I'm so hungry I could eat a horse. No one knows the exact origin of this hyperbolic saying although most think it is an exaggeration of a ravenous impossibility unless of course you happen to own the I Could Eat A Horse Spaghetti Measure … Continue reading I’m So Hungry I Could Eat a _______________.

Italian Confections in Glass

The unique and original ornaments, created and made completely and exclusively in Italy, by Soffieria De Carlini are mouth-blown, hand-decorated confections in glass. Like spun sugar - snowmen and angels, Santas and and toy soldiers appear during the holidays from the magic hands of the workshop of Soffiera De Carlini who have been making Christmas ornaments since 1947. Their … Continue reading Italian Confections in Glass