This a quick, simple, and savory recipe from Puglia that uses one of winter’s fresh veggies in a new way. Continue reading “Orecchiette with Broccoli, Anchovies, and Chili Pepper”
Caffè is an essential part of Italian life. A shot of this intense brew is a daily ritual: in the morning with a cappuccino at the bar (Italian word for coffee shop), amaro or macchiato mid-morning, after lunch, mid-afternoon, and after a big dinner. Additional shots in between are optional. Continue reading “The differences between American coffee, espresso, and Italian caffè”
We return with Blogging Piemonte, the group of bloggers based in Piemonte writing about our (mostly) expat & (some) local lives here. This month’s theme is Carnevale!
In the US, Carnevale is something that happens down in New Orleans for a day or two. Lots of beads, everything is green and purple, people basically drink and play music all day—that was my impression (clearly, I never went to New Orleans for Carnevale or otherwise). Continue reading “The oldest Carnevale in Piemonte”
Think of the last time you ate something bitter. Not drank. Ate. I wouldn’t be surprised if you couldn’t. That’s because this pillar of taste that makes up one of the five flavors (sweet, sour, bitter, salty, umami) is going out of fashion and consequently out of our diets…and that might be a problem. Continue reading “The Beauty of Bitter in Italian Food”
I wanted to write a post about Italian food rules—everything from the when to drink cappuccino to the correct way to eat your spaghetti (I’ll tell you now: no cutting!). However, I’m far from being an authority. So I went to a friend and fellow blogger, Paolo Rigiroli of Disgraces on the Menu, who is a bona fide italiano living in Canada. He had an even better idea.
I love pesto. It is a simple but very flavorful pasta dish to make, and has many variations. Most people are familiar with classic Italian pesto, the basil, Parmigiano, pine nut sauce from Genova. But Italian cuisine has more than one kind of pesto. Continue reading “Busiati with Pesto alla Trapanese”
I’m going on a pasta journey to discover Italy’s cuisine.
Italy’s culinary diversity has always surprised me. I learned about it back in Italian classes in college before I’d studied abroad. “Every region has its own traditions and dishes,” our professor said. I understood her words, but I didn’t fully comprehend her meaning until I started living in Italy. Continue reading “A Journey through Italy with Pasta”
This month’s Blogging Piemonte topic is “A Day in the Life.” When you’re in Italy, even as a tourist, there is one thing you will experience in daily life: the Italian line. Continue reading “Where is a Line not a Line? In Italy.”
Why hadn’t anyone told me about podcasts?
Sure, I knew about them. But no one told me, “It’s like listening to your own tailored radio show,” or, “It’s like getting a TED talk or free lecture on something awesome.” Continue reading “Writing Inspiration from Podcasts”
An easy, basic focaccia recipe that only asks for time and creativity – or simplicity – for its topping. Continue reading “No-Fail Focaccia”