All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘italian culture’

Day 2: Now The Fun Begins…

"2012 Davinci Wine Storyteller"

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My bags are packed~

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La Parola del Giorno ~ il Tempo

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The Word of the Day ~ Time “Mark, you’re late.” “You’re late.” “Mark, you are LATE!” That’s all I could think about as I drove toward my cooking class at Cooks of Crocus Hill, Stillwater, MN. As a stage manager in professional theatre, time management is my job. As a cooking instructor, time management is crucial—especially if I need to …

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Ah, to love~

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~ The Love Apple ~ (Heirloom Tomato, Onion, Basil and Mint Tart Recipe) When the tomato was first introduced to Italy from South America – yes, the tomato is not indigenous to Italy – it was thought to be poisonous. Its odd, sometimes ugly shape and varying color really made people nervous. Eventually, as it caught on and became more …

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It’s Child’s Play~

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Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe On my most recent trip to Italy I stayed with the Stefanis (the family in my book) and learned a new and very simple recipe ~ Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe. This recipe is one of the hundreds of classic Italian dishes were you prepare the sauce for the pasta in the time it takes you to …

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Pizza ~ Pizza

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Hmm, Rome had a Caesar, too ~ Pizza – so much for starting the year off on the healthy side, right? Hmm, well, it may not be as bad as you think. If I were to ask you, “What is your favorite Italian food?” I have a feeling I could place a sure bet that you’d say, “Pizza!” And why …

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A New Year ~ A New Diet

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Got Fruit? With the ever increasing popularity of my book Beyond the Pasta, I have been getting a lot of response from people wanting to know about the Italian diet. Am I a dietitian? Nope, not by a long shot. But having just returned from Italy, where I spent more time with the Stefani family, I have to admit that …

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Back to the Future ~ Viterbo bound

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~ Returning to my now Italian home ~ Writing a book about real people and the real time you spent with them can be stressful – especially when you wrote it without them ever pre-reading a single syllable. Add to that the fact that there is a language barrier between everyone involved and you might start to understand why I …

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New Year’s Greetings from Viterbo, Italy~

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Start off the New Year reducing your waist ~ Italian-Style As an American I think we sometimes have the false idea that every Italian meal involves large volumes of food – nothing could be farther from the truth. Yes, Italians do eat multiple courses, but the portion size of each of those courses is rather small. It is the New …

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La Parola del Giorno ~ Tavolo

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The Word of the Day ~ Table I am sure you are thinking, “What is so special about the word “table”?” Being American, maybe that word doesn’t resonate for you, doesn’t strike a chord. I can understand that. However, in Italy, the word “table” has two meanings. Your Italian lesson:  Tavolo is the Italian word for table – the word …

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