Carnevale Colored Sweets

I bought my first bottle of alkermes in Florence at Santa Maria Novella Farmacia on Via della Scala 16 down the street from the Santa Maria Novella train station. A fragrant universe filled with terra-cotta jars and gilded urns that was already well-known in Dante’s time. It was established in the 13th century by the Dominican friars … Continue reading Carnevale Colored Sweets


Riding a Mortadella

Although Martedi Grasso (Fat Tuesday) is a few weeks away Carnevale in the  seaside town of Viareggio begins February 16th.  A spectacular parade of floats that delight and amaze promenade the Lungomare for 16 days of revelry along the Versilia Riviera. Second only to Carnevale in Venice, Carnevale in Viareggio is known for elaborate floats with huge papier-mâché figures, … Continue reading Riding a Mortadella

A Mere Yodel Away From Switzerland

The ancient Italian custom of Carnevale has begun and the traditional Lenten fast that begins on Ash Wednesday is a few days away. The word “carne vale” in Latin means “meat farewell” and 40 days of meatless Fridays can be a challenge. So what’s a carnivore to do?  Channel your inner Italian for dishes inspired by … Continue reading A Mere Yodel Away From Switzerland

Italian Yeast Rises to Heavenly Heights

One taste of a well-prepared tiramisu or pasta fatto a mano and you know that Italian food is heavenly. But did you know  there is one Italian ingredient that assures you of “divine intervention”? You can bake with a little help from the angels to create a slice of heaven with Lievto Pane degli Angeli a special … Continue reading Italian Yeast Rises to Heavenly Heights

Farewell Meat

No I haven't become a vegan. I'm following the ancient Italian custom of Carnevale, the traditional Lenten fast that begins on Ash Wednesday when all feasting is over and fasting begins for 40 days until the celebration of Easter. The word "carne vale" in Latin means "meat farewell" and so abstinence from things of the flesh is de rigeur … Continue reading Farewell Meat