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Word of the Day

Villa Medici Spiral Stair Cover Image COVER

~ Le Parole del Giorno ~ ~ The Words of the Day ~ I have done “The Word of the Day” posts in the past, but today I thought I would do “Words” of the day—“Su” e “Giù” —“Up” and “Down.” When I lived with the Stefanis in Viterbo (*), we were forever telling each other whether we were going …

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It’s Scream Time

"Beyond the Pasta" "DaVinci Chianti" "Mark Leslie"

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Light it Up!

DaVinci Chianti BBQ Chicken Labeled COVER

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Maria, Maria, Quite Contraria

A Garden COVER

How does your garden grow? June is the month that kicks off summer vacations, and our enjoyment of all things outdoors. Gardening is one of those enjoyments. Some people take vacations to escape, check out, and relax. I like to vacation to places that inspire me, that feed my creativity, and that allow my world to expand. With this in …

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Chianti at Home

DaVinci Chianti Fajitas Post Cover 900x500

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The Paperback Launches~

"Mark Leslie" "Beyond the Pasta"

New for 2014: The Paperback Edition of Beyond the Pasta: Recipes, Language & Life with an Italian Family With the popularity of the award-winning hardcover edition, I was thrilled when Gemelli Press wanted to do a paperback edition of my book. The paperback is more than just a reprinting of the hardcover; it is newly revised with these exciting additions: -10 …

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Put a Ring…In It!

Ciambelline Wine H4

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Gelato, Gelato … Gelato?

Frozen Mascarpone Chocolate And Raspberry Gelato Photo

[Subscribers, please click HERE to view the video form your e-mail. Grazie~] In Italian, the word “gelato” means “frozen” more than it means “ice cream.” So, for as much as we have heard that gelato is the Italian equivalent of ice cream, this “gelato” is really a frozen mousse of a dessert. Quick and easy, with no ice cream maker …

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Summer Berry Cobbler~

Summer Berry Cobbler

[Subscribers, please click HERE to view this view from your e-mail. Grazie~] I love fresh berries ~ blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries ~ especially in the summer when they are at their season’s best. Big, juicy, sweet, slightly acidic, they burst with flavor that is hot weather perfect. When Nonna (Angiola Maria Novella Bonomi, the Italian grandmother in my book) first …

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Sister Ada go BOOM!

Toy Camera Jesus

~ Buona Pasqua ~ I was having coffee today with a friend of mine who is going to Italy in April and staying in a convent. I have stayed in convents in Italy before and they are a nice way to economically stay in many of Italy’s larger cities. I have stayed in two separate ones in Rome and my …

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