Dishes in Italy for Christmas Celebrations: lots of recipes

What dishes do people in Italy cook every year to celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas Day around their heavily laden tables surrounded by two or three generations in their families? This year I found two mouth watering web sites with a wealth of recipes for all courses of festive dinners. In Italy the festive season […]

Spicy Marinated Olives: perfect festive Italian appetizer

This recipe comes from Rachael Ray at Rachael says, “Fresh herbs, citrus and crushed red pepper make this more than the usual olive mix.” I’d agree! Prep time: 5 minutes. Easy! 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 3 sprigs thyme, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 sprig rosemary, cut into 1-inch pieces 2 1/2-by-2-inch pieces lemon peel, cut into […]

Looking For Food & Wine Day Tours in Venice, Florence or Rome?

Mama Margaret & Land of the Gods offer a tempting array of day tours for food and wine lovers in Italy’s “big three” cities. Here’s a sample of some of them: Venice Jewish Ghetto Tour with Local Food & Wine Tastings Stroll through the streets and canals of the city’s most historic and atmospheric neighborhood, […]

Cuba Colonial Tour With G Adventures: One of my best non-Italy trips!

Monday night I got back from a truly amazing, 15 day Cuba Colonial tour with G Adventures (, one of the best non-Italy trips I’ve ever experienced! Our local Cuban guide, Andy, is one of the top three tour guides I’ve ever had the pleasure of traveling with. His list of wonderful qualities and “beyond […]

Where to eat well in Italy? Experts’ apps reveal the best!

These six apps make ideal gifts for any food lover who’s off to Italy and must eat high quality, authentic, local food. Cibando covers 72 cities all over Italy in 48 categories like Asian, Agritourismo, Street Food, Wine Bars, Vegetarian. With its GPS function, you just draw a circle around a neighbourhood or where you […]


This easy sounding (?) Italian Christmas cake (panettone) recipe comes from Mario Batali at  I love panettone, do you? Total Time: 1 hr 5 min Prep: 20 min Cook: 45 min Ingredients 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 2 eggs 3 egg yolks 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup milk 1 cup […]

What To Eat In Puglia?

In the heel of Italy’s boot, Puglia captivates you with its sandy beaches and turquoise seas, fertile green hills dotted with white gnome-like trulli houses, its ancient Roman amphitheatres, imposing Norman castles, brilliant white Greek-like hill towns and ornate Baroque architecture in enchanting towns. Puglia is one region in Italy that seems to have escaped […]

Puree di Fave e Cicoria—Fava Bean Puree with Wilted Wild Greens

This recipe comes from which has a great selection of typical Puglia recipes and information on Puglia’s cuisine. It’s a long recipe with some pretty dedicated work needed! When you eat it in Puglia, you’ll appreciate all the work and love that’s gone into making it! “This is the classic fava bean puree of […]