Food for thought … and thoughtful food.

Simple food, any food, so long as it is good and made with love (angry food upsets the workings of digestion).

I am one of those who live to eat and consider it a prime pleasure of life, together with fun and all kinds of frolicking … it is my way of celebrating ties of friendship and love, my way of being grateful to life.

He that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
Proverbs 15:15


I am in the process of setting up a website called “Frascati Food Embassy”.  I am Jo (Josephine) Wennerholm and have been acting as ‘ambassadress’ to Frascati and other beautiful hill towns of the Castelli Romani area since 1992, when circumstances brought me in close contact with expats living here.  My mother is from Frascati, whose name got to be known world wide for its wine, and was one of the first in Italy to receive the DOC appellation.  It is only a short drive or train journey from Rome … a storied area around the ancient town of Tusculum that existed even before Rome did.  It is a leafy spot, replete with vineyards, hills, lakes and air that is gorgeous to breathe.  The eye can wander and wonder here as it takes in all the natural beauty showcasing traces of Roman civilization, ancient churches, and historic baroque villas.  Many who visited these parts on their Grand Tour were smitten, including Goethe, George Sand and John Singer Sargent.

We like simple food made with love, and I am here to show you the way – the Roman Castelli way.  Ample photos make my recipes very easy to follow.  And they are pretty straightforward anyway, or I would not perform them.

Would you like to come to Rome and cook?  You’ll get not only lessons in Italian home cooking but a day-long culinary experience as we source our ingredients at family-run food shops and at markets and farmers  markets.  We can even visit a wine estate.  Yes, you’ll see a princely Villa – next door to me.  And sample the best Frascati and other Castelli towns ever.  Each experience is custom designed for your pleasure and I have ideas to suit many a budget, from that of a honeymoon couple to that of  corporate brass parties.  I promise you a delightful day you will always remember, and recipes that will never let you down.  If you would like to contact me to discuss the kind of culinary experience I could design for you, please do so at pinojo@hotmail.com .


34 Responses to About

  1. Liz Macri says:

    Jo…you are incredble!!! What a great blog…so many recipes and clear explanations and the photos are amazing!! Brava!!

  2. Katharina says:

    Jo this blog is great! Over here in cold cold England it warms my heart to see such yummy Italian dishes. Hoping for many more to come!

  3. ciao Jo, Anna mi ha finalmente girato il tuo blog, di cui non sapevo nulla… Avverto il tuo spirito, qui dentro, e mi sono venute in mente due parole per esprimere un concetto analogo: ‘convivialità’ e ‘Tischgemeinschaft’. Think it over, gal!

  4. Sheila says:

    Hi, I’ve nominated you for the Wonderful Team Membership award. If you choose to accept it, please check out the award and guidelines for passing it on here: http://springforever.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/thank-yous/

  5. Hi Jo, I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award – please check out: http://thesinglegourmetandtraveller.wordpress.com/2012/10/13/very-inspiring-blogger-award/ for badge and info. Kx

  6. ns says:

    I’m nominating you for the 2012 Blogger of the Year Award! Enjoy!
    Here’s where to go to find out about the award:


  7. Anyone who posts two broccoli recipes within a couple of posts of eachother must be followed to the stove!

  8. Hi. Just to let you know that I’ve nominated you for Blog of the Year 2012 award. Details within my post: http://feedthepiglet.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/blog-of-the-year-2012-05/
    Happy blogging 2013!

  9. Thanks for visiting my blog and taking the time to leave a comment!

  10. Stefano says:

    I really like your blog, congrats!
    One “feature request”, if I may: why don’t you consider adding a WP “follow” button? It would take you 3 minutes to do and it would offer another option to people who are interested in following your blog who could do so by receiving email alerts of new posts (instead of ending up in the reader), with the added bonus that non-WP people could also follow you.
    Take care

    • Thank you so much dear Stefano … it sounds like an excellent idea. I am so useless at this sort of thing. I don’t even know what a “WP follow button” is? I thought I had a ‘follow’ on the blog? sigh. I shall have to ask a friend to help me sort out this one. And … grazie di cuore del consiglio!

      • Stefano says:

        Jo, adding a follow button to your blog is real easy, just go to Appearance/Widgets in your Dashboard, drag the Follow button to your sidebar and ta-da… you are done! 🙂

  11. Congratulations, Jo! You have been awarded: The Versatile Blogger Award & Wonderful Team Member Readership Award
    I do not expect any action to be taken, or for you to generate a post, unless you wish to pass on the award nominations. Your blog has been awarded at:
    Enjoy the Awards! 😀 Fae.

  12. Mary Frances says:

    Made with love, yes!! I absolutely agree with your sentiments. Lovely blog.

  13. Congratulations Jo! You have been awarded: Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!
    I do not expect any action to be taken, or for you to generate a post, unless you wish to pass on the award nominations. Your blog has been awarded at:
    Enjoy the Award! 😀 Fae.

  14. Congratulations Jo! You have been awarded: Versatile Blogger Award
    I do not expect any action to be taken, or for you to generate a post (unless you wish to pass on the award nominations). Nevertheless, your blog has been awarded at:
    Enjoy the Award! 😀 Fae.

  15. Congratulations Darling Jo! You have been awarded:
    I’m a part of the WordPress Family Award
    I do not expect any action to be taken, or for you to generate a post (unless you wish to pass on the award nominations). Nevertheless, your blog has been awarded at: http://fae-magazine.com/2013/10/29/award-october-2013/ … Or, after one month at: http://fae-magazine.com/awards/2013-blog-awards/
    Enjoy your Award! 😀 Fae.

  16. Congratulations Jo! You have been awarded:
    – 3 stars ☆ ☆ ☆ for Blog of The Year 2013 Award
    No pressure, it is all up to you to pay it forward. You have been awarded at:
    … Or, after a month, look for it
    here >> http://fae-magazine.com/awards/2013-blog-awards/
    Enjoy your Awards! 😀 Fae.

  17. PotSoup says:

    Your home and food look like the kind of stuff people like Anthony Bourdain visit and make TV viewers jealous. Really like the blog and look forward to all the new reading its going to offer me.

  18. Darling Jo, I wish you and yours the Happiest of Holiday Season, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014! 😀 Fae.

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  20. Nadia says:

    Thank you so much for stopping by and joining my blog. I hope you enjoy reading all about my travels and my recipes as much as I enjoy sharing them with you. Welcome aboard.

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