How To Choose The Best Italy Regions For You

What region(s)  go in Italy for your 2015 vacation? You face endless, tantalizing possibilities and feel like yelling, “Help!” As a first step, ask yourself these two important questions. 1. What are your big interests? Choose the best regions for you. Are you a big wine lover and want to experience your favourite wines right […]

Pork Chops Italiano

This tasty, tempting recipe comes from where you’ll find lots of Italian recipes in several categories. Normally I don’t like recipes with so many ingredients, but this one sounds absolutely delicious! Makes 6 servings. Prep time: 15 minutes. Cooking time: 1 hour, 10 minutes 1 teaspoon olive oil 2 cups sliced mushrooms 2 tablespoons […]

Live In Less Touristed Amalfi Coast Town, Cetara

Where to escape the crowds of the Amalfi Coast, really slow down and experience the Amalfi Coast of the past? Just 10 km along the Amalfi Coast road from city of Salerno, discover less touristed fishing village of Cetara, nestled up a narrow valley and extending a bit along the sea. Local hiking tour guide, […]

Pasta with Spicy Anchovy Sauce and Thyme Bread Crumbs

I found this recipe, but all the details on Love and Olive Oil blog that got it originally from It’s tangy and quick to make. Serves 6 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided 2 cups fresh bread crumbs (preferably from a baguette) 1/4 cup chopped dill or thyme 1 pound red onions, thinly […]

Fun, Fascinating Movie, “Barolo Boys”: How Some Barolo Winemakers Revolutionized Barolo and Made It Famous

At Vancouver’s Italian Film Festival, I watched the new movie, Barolo Boys, set in Piedmont’s Barolo wine hills, where we’ve run cooking and wine tours since 1995. On the big screen, the sweeping views of hills falling at all angles, blanketed in vineyards and forests, some topped with medieval castles, were as breathtaking as if […]

Milan Food Expo 2015, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” In A Nutshell

Are food traditions, history and production, nutrition, sustainable farming and new food technologies your big passions? Head to Milan Expo 2015 to discover, experience and taste! When? A few kilometres outside Milan from May 1 to Oct 31 on Milan Expo’s gigantic exhibition site, about 145 countries’ pavilions will take you unique, experience filled, food […]

Frittata di Erbe Aromatiche—Flat Omelette with Mint, Sage and Parsley

From one of my favourite Italy books, A Passion For Piedmont, by Matt Kramer. He loved living in Piedmont and writes about life and people from a food and wine point of view. Delightful! Piedmont frittata with herbs   This is a classic Piedmontese frittata. The proportions of the herbs can, and should vary depending on […]

Mama Margaret Looking For New Italy Travel Opportunities

I’m phasing out my Italy cooking tour business and my work as Italy travel specialist with Land of the Gods, effective February 20. I won’t be accepting any new travel requests after February 20. I’m looking for new Italy travel opportunities. Any clients who have paid deposits for Italy tours/travel for 2015 or who have […]