My Perfect Panzanella

It's almost time for my favorite summertime salad made with vine ripened tomatoes fresh from the garden. I've been waiting for those firm, smooth, brightly colored fruits of the vine all year and now their brief time has come. Cold weather and refrigeration will kill their flavor and create a mealy texture so now is the …

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 …

A Virtual Vendemmia

In Italy the grape harvest (la vendemmia) begins in the early to mid-Fall usually during September and October. Every region of Italy grows grapes and the cities, towns and villages across the country celebrate the harvest with grape festivals (sagre) making Autumn one of the best times and seasons to see and savor Italy.  I …