Masters of Negroni

Anyone who has ever traveled to Italy, especially in the North, has noted the distinctly Italian pre-dinner ritual known as aperitivo. A moment of relaxation at the end of a day to wind down and socialize with your friends at your favorite bar on the local piazza or just down a side street for a light drink and …

The Unlikely Occurrences of February 3rd

In Italy the beginning of February has nothing to do with groundhogs and shadows but rather with a cake-like bread, the blessing of throats and celebrating woolen blankets. These disparate, seemly unlike, items and events do have a common denominator in Italy and his name is San Biago. San Biago or St. Blaise, like St. Nicholas, was one of those saints who accumulated …

A Picture is Worth a 360 Degree View

It's been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. A moment in time, an idea that becomes an unspoken memory.  Whether a sepia toned picture of the past or a digital image of the present each picture brings with it a reality faded or vivid. Smart phone photography with fotos on demand means that you can create and share …

Risotto alla Milanese alla Nonna e Marian

Seeing and Savoring Lombardia in Northern Italy would not be complete without a plate of risotto alla Milanese. In this part of Italy rice, prepared as riso or risotto, is favored over  pasta with notably French influences in the cooking  and butter often used as a cooking fat. This recipe is from my mother in law, Marian by …