“People & Places We’d Never Have Experienced On Our Own!”

This week I had one of those conversations where I think, “Yes, that’s why I’m in this business!” We custom designed a private cooking, wine and local life tour in Piedmont for a well traveled, executive couple who’d traveled with us on a  custom designed tour in Tuscany in 2012. They’d got back recently so […]

What To Eat In Italy’s Gastronomic Paradise

Where‘s Italy’s gastronomic paradise? Emilia-Romagna! This fertile region, (Bologna is its capital), is home to food treasures like Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, Prosciutto di Parma and an amazing variety of silk-like pastas. window in a Bologna food market deli Needless to say, food and cooking are Emilia-Romagna people’s biggest passions in life….along […]

Parmigiano-Reggiano “Ice Cream”

From a 24 recipe booklet, The Seasons of Parmigiano-Reggiano, published by the Parmigiano-Reggiano consortium in 1998. A new kind of “gelato” for you! 1 cup heavy cream (237 ml) 2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced in half lengthwise ¼ teaspoon nutmeg 2 cups grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (160 gr) aged balsamic vinegar, the older, the better Accompaniments: […]

Sicilian Fig Cookies

The very tasty cookie recipe comes from Letricia at yummly.com/recipe/external/Sicilian-Fig-Cookies-Allrecipes. A wonderful recipe site with hundreds of recipes, most with photos! She says “A delicious fig-filled pastry. You may substitute the figs with dried apricots or dates. Hazelnuts can also be used in place of the walnuts.” Sicilian bakeries are hard to pass by! Among […]

Off Tourist Track Cinque Terre Hill Town, Volastra

Winding your way from the sea at 5 Terre town Manarola and up hills of vineyards and olive trees on terraces supported by dry  stone walls, you arrive at village of Volastra, (population about 200) perched 350 meters above the sea on the back of a steep hill. Its houses form three concentric circles built […]

Cook With Local People In Italian Region Where Life Flows Slowly

Longing to get to know local people in an Italian region where life flows more slowly? Our cooking with mammas tour in southern Puglia is for you! You’ll cook healthy local dishes with mammas, older and younger, in their kitchens in their homes and share stories around their tables as you dine on your creations. […]

How To Jazz Up Your Turkey Italian Style

Canadian Thanksgiving is October 13. Would you like to jazz up your turkey Italian style and surprise your family and friends? And actually look forward to eating your leftover turkey by cooking up new dishes in an Italian way? Here are lots of delicious ideas for you! Italian Style Roast Turkey To cook the whole […]

Stuffed Turkey Breast With Fall Fruit

From the turkey section of this wonderful Italian recipe site, italianfood.about.com/od/turkey I love the combination of such diverse fruit and herb flavours! Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 65 minutes Total Time: 95 minutes A turkey breast, weighing about 2 pounds (900 g) 1/4 pound (110 g) pancetta 2 half-inch (1.25 cm) thick slices pineapple, […]

Italy Food Lover Delights In The Off Season

Bologna and its Emilia-Romagna region, often overlooked by tourists, attracts food lovers in the know. Fall is truffle season so in nearby countryside, you can take part in a real truffle hunt with dogs and shave truffles on freshly made pasta. The glittering, ornate Teatro Communale di Bologna (at tcbo.it) offers you wonderful operas and […]