Olive Oil from Modica

George, our host in Sicily, when we visited last May, is a true Renaissance Man. Once we left the 1-800-world of big-box home centers and 24-hour supermarkets, we entered a world where your ingenuity and creativity are the keys to survival. He has caper bushes growing along the side of the house. Yes… fresh-brined capers. And a… Continue reading Olive Oil from Modica

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Focaccia – Ragusa-Style

  One of our many fun food finds in Sicily was a local take on focaccia. While everywhere we went, it was referred to as focaccia, it seems it’s also referred to as scacce. It’s a stuffed bread. A fantastic, fabulous, and absolutely delicious stuffed bread. It was one of the first dishes we had and… Continue reading Focaccia – Ragusa-Style

Our Last Night in Modica

Our host at Villa Modica had been so wonderful, we wanted to show a bit of our appreciation by taking him and his wonderful family out to dinner on our last night. He brought us to Taverna Nicastro – a great local restaurant cooking the traditional dishes of Modica. They have been in operation under the… Continue reading Our Last Night in Modica

Sunday Dinner Sicilian-Style

Pretty much everyone has a version of Sunday Dinner, but the Italians have raised it to an art-form. Last Sunday we were just getting our bearings, here. Today, we decided to be artists. We also decided since it seems to be the custom around here to eat one meal for several hours that we would… Continue reading Sunday Dinner Sicilian-Style

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Pesce Fresco

I knew coming to Sicily we would be having some great seafood. What I didn’t realize was how much we would have at one place! Ristorante al Monaco. Victor’s maternal family name is Monaco – like the country he should own.  And it was like dining with family with platter after platter of some of… Continue reading Pesce Fresco

Florentine Dinnerware

Oh boy!  Guess what was waiting for me when I got home from work today?!?  If you guessed “Hand made dinnerware from Florence” you win the Kewpie Doll! What a thrill to see it all actually made and in our kitchen.  I am beyond psyched!  We weren’t expecting it for another week or so –… Continue reading Florentine Dinnerware

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Reflections on Food…

We’re back. It was a long, long travel day – but not as long as Phoebe and Nancy and the girls.  When we parted at Philadelphia, they still had a six-hour flight to Oregon.  That would have sent me right over the edge… It was a bit of a rush to the train station in… Continue reading Reflections on Food…

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The Foods of Venice…

We had been in Venice for a few hours and had worked (walked) our way from the hotel to the Rialto, and to San Marcos.  It was time for sustenance. Sustenance in San Marcos is Caffe Florian.  A little caffe that has been around since 1720.  yes… 1720.  There was a small band playing, the… Continue reading The Foods of Venice…

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Food in Firenze

  We have been eating well.  From simple salamis and cheeses along with a bruschetta I made, to a fabulous ravioli with a pesto cream sauce my sister, Phoebe, made last night, to street sandwiches, small cafes and trattorias, we’re really eating well.  The food is just better. One place that was on the top… Continue reading Food in Firenze

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Antica Caciara Trasteverina

I found my dream-store – in the Trasteverina district of Rome. Trasteverina – literally after (or across) the Teverina (Tiber) – is what many consider “old Rome.”  It’s not as touristy, it’s a bit more run-down.  But for many things – less expensive and much more real. We had a great dinner there the other… Continue reading Antica Caciara Trasteverina