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Siamo a Viterbo–We are in Viterbo

Ciao ciao tutti! We arrived last night in Vitero and caught Nonna leaving the house to go to Boy Scouts (which in Italian is “masi”–I need to double check that spelling when I have more time). It is interesting to be staying in the house and writing on the same computer that I used 4 years ago to send home …

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Rome, Verona and now Vicenza…

Ciao tutti, We are in Italy and, although it has been a bit chilly and rainy we are having a wonderful trip. I have tried to email a photo via Richard’s iphone, but alas, no such luck. I have eaten a lot of wonderful things and in Verona the most exotic thing has been horse…yes, horse. It was smoked–does that …

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Italia or bust…

We’re off on the road to Viterbo~ “Pronto.” Nonna answered the phone this morning when I called the house in Viterbo. Italians do not say “Hello” or “Good Morning” when they answer the phone—they say “Pronto.” It literally translates as “ready.” Hmmm, that doesn’t seem quite right, but that is how the phone is answered. “Pronto” is only used when …

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You say goodbye and I say hello…

La parola del giorno: “Ciao”~ “Ciao,” I said, walking in the front door as Richard was walking out. “Ciao, ciao, ciao…” and he was down the sidewalk, into the car, and off to the lake for a photo shoot. I had arrived back at the house in Alabama just in time to catch Richard leaving town for work for three …

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“Home Sweet Home”

Home is where the heart is–but, is it? Working out of town is never easy. In the past twelve months, I have been out of town—literally out of the state of Alabama—for eight of those twelve. Colorado, New York, Minnesota, and currently, South Carolina have all been “home” to me since last October. Home has been on my mind a …

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La Parola del Giorno~ the Word of the Day

Disastro~ There are many Italian words whose meanings are obvious to us all. Their spellings are very similar to their English counterparts, which at times makes one believe that learning Italian could be an easy task. Trust me, it’s not: however, I will say that it should never stop anyone from trying to learn the language, or any foreign language …

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Pasta del giorno…

It is more than just about the food~ For me, cooking has always been about more than just the finished product on a plate. It is about the journey you take while getting to that plate. As a child, my mom got up every morning and cooked my breakfast. Sometimes, it was as simple as pouring cereal into a bowl …

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To refrigerate or not to refrigerate…

(view of the other half of our kitchen, opposite the sink) (Mark’s book: Beyond the Pasta: Recipes, Language & Life with an Italian Family) Brrr…it’s getting cold in here. Well, not so much~ “Are you still going to eat that?” I can hear Ian’s voice in my head as I am about to descend from my room into the kitchen …

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Tutti a tavola~

When in Rome… In a little more than a week, we will be in Rome and, although there are many reasons to be excited about going to Rome, the one thing that I look forward to the most is EATING in Rome. For me, the excitement of eating in Rome is more than the meal itself. It is the hunt …

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The not-so-secret gardens~

A walk in the park~ When traveling to Italy, our first order of business is to start the Gardens We Want to Visit list. Often times, this list gets started long before the plane tickets are purchased. Cities and towns all across Italy have gardens to see and villas to tour. This is the perfect time of year to enjoy …

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