PUMPKINS, HALLOWEEN, ZOMBIES, OSS DE MORT AND AMERICAN THANKSGIVING IN ITALY

Large, medium, small, carved or sculptured, Halloween pumpkins have reached the Italian peninsula! "It's for fun..." say young Italians who like to dress up like witches, vampires, and zombies... On this I have often wondered how many of those young Italians actually realize that when they dress up as scary characters, ride the local Halloween … Continue reading PUMPKINS, HALLOWEEN, ZOMBIES, OSS DE MORT AND AMERICAN THANKSGIVING IN ITALY

Christmas in Trentino Alto Adige with Food, Falalah and more

"...AT CHRISTMAS PLAY AND MAKE GOOD CHEER, FOR CHRISTMAS COMES BUT ONCE A YEAR..." (Thomas Tusser 1557) Christmas, as many now know, is a Christian festivity, however, it has ancient roots dating back to pagan Roman winter festivities, called Saturnalia, which were held in honor of Saturn, the pagan god of agriculture, of harvest, of … Continue reading Christmas in Trentino Alto Adige with Food, Falalah and more

Apples and Fall Days in Trentino’s Val di Non

There are fall days in Northern Italy, when celebrating harvest season makes us comment that the subalpine region of Val di Non is wonderful and bountiful. Nestled among the Trentino mountains, beyond the capital city of Trento and a wide well kept tunneled highway, the valley, accessible by train and car, is a paradise for … Continue reading Apples and Fall Days in Trentino’s Val di Non

Trieste – International and Multicultural Port City

Home city to international shipping, to elegant coffee shops serving famous fine coffees, and to multilingual and multicultural people, today's Trieste has much to offer to visitors who travel by car, by cruise ship, or by train to see a region and city with Adriatic Baltic and Mediterranean ties. Regional capital of the Northern Italian … Continue reading Trieste – International and Multicultural Port City

Trentino – A Region of History, Lakes and Hearty Dishes

Today's autonomous region of Trentino, part of Northern Italy along with a more northern portion of territory called Alto Adige, is a natural multicultural border territory between the Italic peninsula and the Germanic regions beyond the Alps. It has been this way ever since 1027 when the German Emperor Conrad II and the Holy Roman … Continue reading Trentino – A Region of History, Lakes and Hearty Dishes

Torrone and Mandorlato

Once every year during the months of November and December, Northern Italians prepare to celebrate Christmas. Famous winter holiday sweets, cherished and gifted throughout the northern regions besides Panettone, Pandoro and Croccante include: TORRONE and MANDORLATO.   Torrone and Mandorlato, prepared with more or less hardened beaten egg whites, honey, sugar and either toasted almonds, … Continue reading Torrone and Mandorlato

Moving your cooking skills and kitchen from the United States to Northern Italy

Moving American style cooking skills and kitchen appliances from the United States to Northern Italy is not easy. Falling in love with Italy is easy; booking a flight, packing suitcases, checking in and entering the plane... no big deal.  Arriving to destination, looking around, site seeing, eating good food, drinking local wine can be inebriating, … Continue reading Moving your cooking skills and kitchen from the United States to Northern Italy

Ferrara – September/October

September and October are months during which Italians from the Northern regions celebrate great foods and superb wines and beverages. The season of pumpkins is especially celebrated in September and October and pumpkins as well as zucchini are used in a great variety of specialties such as ravioli, risotto, gnocchi, tortellacci, capellacci, tortelloni, frittate and … Continue reading Ferrara – September/October