My bags are packed and I’m ready to fly~

What will 2011 bring?

Ah, the last post of 2010 and what a year it has been!

It started off with our house being published in House Beautiful’s Feb 2010 issue. With that came a huge designer-blog interest and led a publisher to my then manuscript of Beyond the Pasta: Recipes, Language & Life with an Italian Family.

On the way toward being published, I met some fantastic people – a trend that is still continuing. With Beyond the Pasta’s release in September, the international culinary and travel community has opened up and embraced the book.

Here are some of my now favorite Italian-themed websites. Some feature food, some travel and some are just plan Italian fun.

Frutto della Passione – an Italian food and cooking blog written by an American now living in Italy, it featured Beyond the Pasta with a review and a book giveaway. Read it now –

Italian Recipes Blog – a recipe blog that features an endless list of Italian dishes. Looking for a new Italian dish? This is a great place to look. They featured my Mushroom Brushcetta recipe in November. This is a perfect fall through winter antipasta –

Italian Mama Chef – a fun blog written by an American exploring her Italian heritage and letting us in on her daily life here in America. Her review of Beyond the Pasta can be found here:

Eye on Italy – this is a great blog written by three fun American women – 2 of them happen to live in Italy (one north, one south). Their podcasts will keep you up-to-date as to the latest happenings in Italy and all things Italian-themed here in the states. I had a great time chatting with the about Beyond the Pasta and you can listen to it here:

Why Go Italy – this great Italian travel-based website is written by the one “Eye on Italy” woman who lives stateside on the West coast. Here you’ll find all kinds of travel tips, hotel info, sightseeing suggestions, etc. If you are planning or thinking about a trip to Italy, here is the place to check out first!

Bleeding Espresso – written by Michelle of  “Eye on Italy,” this blog comes right from her home in southern Italy. Her review of Beyond the Pasta can be read here:

These are just some of the fantastic people that have fallen into my now Italian life. I hope you’ll take a moment to enjoy their tips, perceptions and recipes!

I am about to board a plane for Italy – 10 glorious days with the Stefanis in Viterbo. Don’t know who they are – check out my book, Beyond the Pasta, to find out what it is like to live and eat with an Italian family.

I land on New Year’s Eve in Rome and I am looking forward to returning home in mid-January with more stories, recipes, and video footage to share with you!

Felice Anno Nuovo~


To see all of the press about Beyond the Pasta go to the Press/Media page on this website: and for Radio/TV appearances visit: