Italian Greetings

Italian Greetings There are many Italian greetings which can be used but they vary depending upon the time of day and who you are greeting.  For example, a greeting used when entering or leaving a store is different from how you may say hello to a friend or to someone in a very formal situation. […]

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Prosecco Punch

Prosecco Punch Prosecco Punch is the perfect summer drink whether you are hosting a party or relaxing in your backyard.  Here are 2 refreshing versions guaranteed to please! Pineapple Peach Prosecco Punch Ingredients  3 c. pineapple juice 3 c. Seltzer water 1 bottle prosecco 1 c. Vanilla Vodka 2 c. sliced pineapple 2 peaches, thinly […]

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Limoncello Spritz

Limoncello Spritz If you like limoncello, you will love this limoncello spritz!  While limoncello is normally an after dinner drink, this spritz is light, refreshing and a perfect summer cocktail.  Just add vodka and soda water to your favorite limoncello.  If  you want to make your own limoncello, a great recipe I use all the […]

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A glass of wine a day………

A glass of wine a day………  Good news for wine lovers!  If you like wine, here are some more reasons to lift your glass and toast! As this video explains, a nightly glass of wine definitely supports a healthy lifestyle.  Drinking wine in moderation has an abundance of positive effects on the mind and body. […]

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How to tell if wine is bad

How to tell if wine is bad Obviously the easiest way to tell if wine has gone bad is to taste it.  You will immediately know. This taste test is offered in restaurants but what if you are in a wine shop and you can’t taste the wine? This video shows some quick tips on […]

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Eggplant Caponata

Eggplant Caponata   Eggplant Caponata originating from Sicily is a mix of sweet and sour flavors that burst in your mouth.  It’s a colorful dish and definitely one to make at least a day ahead because the flavor improves with time.  Grab some crusty bread and enjoy! Ingredients: • 1 cup celery, diced • 1 […]

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Feast Day of San Giovanni

Feast Day of San Giovanni June 24th marks the day of the annual celebration of Florence’s Patron, San Giovanni.   This public holiday in Florence is filled with a series of spectacular events throughout the day to honor the city’s heavenly protector.  St. John the Baptist, to whom Florence’s baptistry is dedicated, is also the […]

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Torta cookies con Ricotta e Nutella

Torta cookies con Ricotta e Nutella INGREDIENTS 20-22 cm cake: 300 g of flour, 150 g of sugar, 100 g of butter, 1 egg, 8 g of yeast, a pinch of salt, vanilla, 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar, 250 g of ricotta, 120 g of Nutella, 50 g of chocolate chips PREPARATION: Place the egg, […]

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Cauliflower Risotto

Cauliflower Risotto Cauliflower “risotto” with Peas, and Pancetta Serves 3-4 Ingredients: •8 oz. Pancetta, small dice •2 heads cauliflower, broken into small florets •4 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil •4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced •2 ½ cups vegetable stock •¼ cup Grana Padano Cheese, grated •2 tbsp. Butter •½ cup green peas •2 tbsp. chopped Chives […]

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Italian traits

Italian traits  Italian Culture can be very different from English speaking cultures.  This video lists 5 Italian traits and explains how they are different from English speaking cultures.  The Italian traits covered in this video include directness, rule bending spontaneity, liberal and family bonds.  Video from youtube  

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