Piedmont is known for its wine and food.  It is after all where wines such as Barbera, Nebbiolo and Dolcetto are produced and also where the slow food movement began.  Read More


Fall is here – and I admit (to every Italian’s horror) that it is my favorite time of year.  Maybe it has something to do with growing up in Texas where boiling hot summers lasts for at LEAST five months. Read More

This morning my kid woke up with a horrific cough.  We decided to give him some cough syrup.  Here were the options: Read More

So when I post recipes, I always include a photo of the finished product.  Usually something like this photo above.  And sometimes I even include pics of how to prepare the recipe with a set of photos similar to the group below.  But the reality? Just take a look at the next three photos. Read More

Here is an “Italy, so hello to America” recipe.  A true crostata is NOT made with pie crust.  The crust is almost the same, but there will be eggs added to the mix and sometimes even vanilla.  I love, love, love pie crust, so I make mine with pie crust. Read More

Language lunedi’ – La Famiglia

It has been ages since I put up a language post.  But having just returned from visiting my family, I thought what could be more appropriate than a little lesson related to center of Italian life:  la famiglia? Read More

Cancun, Isla Mujeres

Mexico – a country I love.   Having grown up in Texas, I used to go there a lot, but since living in Italy, I have not been there in a long time.  We recently made a trip to Cancun – a Mexican destination I have never visited.  Read More

With eggplant in season, take advantage of the period and prepare this classic dish that is always a crowd pleaser:  eggplant parmesan otherwise known as parmigiana di melanzane, or melanzane alla parmigiana or simply:  parmigiana.   Read More

Procter & Gamble conducted a study in 2006 on the number of hours per week women around the world cleaned.  Read More

When I first moved to Italy, people were constantly stealing from me – my wallet from my purse, money from my coat pocket, countless phones from my backpack.  Read More

A few weeks ago I listed some ways to cool off in the city by visiting a pool.  But if you are willing to travel a little bit more, you can find some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Read More


Italy has been experiencing an early start to summer this year.  It has been hot, so here are some nice options to cool off when ya just can no longer take the heat. Read More