Mellow Yellow Garlic

Garlic is part of the culinary trinity of Italian cooking. Paired with a soffritto of finely chopped onions, celery, and carrots in a 2:1:1 ratio, it is the foundation of the dishes that define the cuisine of Italy.  Slowly sautéed, hence the name soffrito (under-fried), the ingredients soften and release their flavor in an incensual bath of extra virgin olive oil …

Italy’s Memorial Wall is a Wall of Resistance

Depending on our generation, memories of Memorial Day in the US often focus on a wall with a mirror-like surface that winds its way through Constitution Gardens in Washington DC. A lasting impression and memory, it honors US soldiers who served, fought, died or were missing in action during the Vietnam War. Having lived through those …

The Apple of Eve May Just Have Been a Strawberry

The idyllic countryside of Sardenia is perfumed by the scent of  myrtle, rosemary, juniper and strawberry trees. Found throughout the island, the wild arbutus, or tree strawberry, produces a fruit with an intoxicating aroma and a unique flavor that although resembles a strawberry doesn't taste anything like one. I have eaten them ripe off  a beautiful  flowering strawberry tree in my …

Italian Auto Race Inspires Iconic Jacket

The 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 "the greatest spectacle in racing" is about to begin and we couldn't help but appreciate the past and current history of Italian auto racing from Monza's Grand Prix to Italy's Mille Miglia, a thousand mile open endurance race notorious for fast cars and fatal crashes. Known as la corsa piu …