Monthly Archives: December 2013


The hour is drawing nigh here in Italy … girls and boys are dressing up and looking forward to a roaring “vigilia” (eve); a lot of them wearing red underwear for good luck and some of them already brandishing what … Continue reading

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Ossobuco the Roman Way – Ossobuco alla romana

Ossobuco is known the world over by lovers of Italian food as hailing from the North of Italy.   Correct.  I have written about ossobuco in two other posts (see bottom of page).  What I am writing about today is the … Continue reading

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Home-Made Truffle – an edible oxymoron if ever there was one

My mother spoke to me of this sauce a few years ago, a friend of hers told her all about it and she wondered whether I might be interested.  I didn’t know how to answer, I felt very awkward.  I … Continue reading

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Good King Wenceslas

Actually, upon further scrutiny, it turns out that the real-life Good King Wenceslas was only a duke ( of Bohemia but this demotion in rank does not disenchant me one whit from a favorite carol that I always associate with … Continue reading

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