Matera – European Capital of Culture

Matera Matera has been named 2019’s European Capital of Culture.  Matera is located in southern Italy in the region of Basilicata. The Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Matera will be hosting a number of extraordinary events to celebrate being the capital of culture for 2019. […]

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Sambuca, Sicily Homes for 1 Euro

Sambuca, Sicily Homes for 1 Euro Sambuca is a hilltop town in Sicily wherein you can currently buy a home for 1 Euro.  Many other Italian towns have offered homes for sale at or near this price in the hopes of reviving their villages.  As you may have seen from other minimal cost homes sold […]

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THREE CHEESE WALNUT PASTA

THREE CHEESE WALNUT PASTA 12 ounces dried spaghetti 1 tablespoon butter 3 cloves garlic, chopped 2 cups heavy cream 3 ounces white Cheddar cheese, grated 3 ounces Fontina cheese, grated 3 ounces Parmesan, grated 1 cup toasted walnuts, chopped ¼ cup parsley, chopped Salt and pepper Cook the spaghetti in a pot of salted boiling […]

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Ribollita

Ribollita Ribollita, a hearty bread and vegetable soup, is a popular Tuscan dish served in many restaurants. There are many variations to this soup but commonly, it consists of bread, kale, cannelloni beans, potatoes, carrots, and onions.  It is best served reheated the day after being made. Here’s a video by the pasta grannies making […]

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Crab and Prosecco Linguine

Crab and Prosecco Linguine Here’s an easy and delicious recipe for crab and prosecco linguine.  What’s even better is that this video shows it being made in beautiful Venice.  Enjoy!  Video courtesy of itv Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life – Anna Akhmatova

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Handmade Egg Pasta

Handmade Egg Pasta Here’s a handmade egg pasta recipe and a video which shows how to shape it 9 ways. Ingredients 500 grams  00 Flour (Italian) or All-Purpose Flour 5 Eggs (large, room temperature) Mixing and Kneading the Egg Pasta Dough: Weigh 500 grams of 00 Flour and place onto the wooden board or work […]

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Halloween Vocabulary

Halloween Vocabulary Halloween in Italy is not traditionally celebrated as in the United States. Italy celebrates All Saints’ Day which is a public holiday on November 1st.  In recent years, the Halloween custom has been acquired by Italy wherein children dress in costumes.  Also, many business display halloween related decorations and treats such Halloween related […]

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All Saint’s Day

All Saint’s Day All Saint’s Day or Festa di Tutti I Sant or Ognissanti, is a religious and official national holiday in Italy celebrating Catholic saints.  Schools are closed and many businesses are closed.  Here’s a video explaining some of the traditions of this holiday in Italy.  Video from youtube

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Timballo Teramano

Timballo Teramano Ingredients: (For 6 pax) 30-35 fresh crepes 3 large mozzarella 200g parmigiano reggiano 600g mixed pork & veal mince ½ onion (chopped) Extra virgin olive oil 2-4 fresh basil leaves Pinch of salt Butter 1L fresh tomato passata 1 x egg for the lasagna filling Cooking Method: First make the crepes. Dice up […]

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Social media

Social Media Whether you prefer Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Pinterest, Snapchat or another, social or messaging media has become a new easy way of communicating and keeping in touch with others. As I’m well into my fourth year living in Italy, I’ve become more reliant on social media to keep in touch with my family and […]

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