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Baked Eggplant with Tomato and Mozzarella

October 19, 2014

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How quickly time passes… last week I was vacationing in the beautiful surroundings of Italy and now…well, it’s all a cherished memory as I work my way back into the daily routines of my life.  Yet, I brought back a different me from this trip.  A woman who once feared venturing out alone, pretty low on the confidence pole and decision doubting, to a renewed, refreshed, totally in awe of life and beauty, humbled by my inner strength and a new amore la vita, love of life! Read more…

Arrivederci Positano!

October 11, 2014

imageMy heart is breaking…I’m waiting for my driver to take me to Rome,  desperately trying to capture every sensual pleasure I see around me.  The aromas that fill my villa from freshly baked bread from a not so far away bakery, the distant soft clatter of activity of the awakening city and these breathtaking views I want to never forget. Read more…

In the Cucina

October 9, 2014

imageHow I spent my vacation in Italy…in the kitchen!  I’m the woman who gets excited over receiving a kitchen appliance for Christmas. Wrap a big bow on a Viking range and I will kiss you all over.   Remodel my kitchen to look like this…with everything included, and I will love you forever. Read more…

Pretending to Not Be a Tourist in Italy

October 8, 2014

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Whenever I dreamed..fantasized…about going to Italy, I must embarrassingly admit it was not about seeing incredible architecture, ruins or days of non-stop touring to pack in as much as possible.  No, my dream was to live among the locals, spend my day as they would and fit in as much as possible…which is pretty unreal being that I don’t speak Italian am I’m not earning an income to “live” here, I’m just a vacationing, relaxing gal pretending to not stand out too much. Read more…

Pizza Making

October 7, 2014

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My first cooking class, pizza making with Chef Raffaele.  I was joined by only one other woman, Brenda, from South Africa. She also is traveling alone and I believe we have the same classes for the rest of the week. Thankfully, she doesn’t like to dine on her own either, so we will be meeting up this evening for dinner. Read more…

Santa Maria Assunta

October 6, 2014

 

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My itinerary listed today as my day off.   Initially when I read that, my busy, to-do list, non-stop personality, went into panic.  Back home a day off meant from work, but chores and to-dos of my normal routine filled my “day off”.  So what was I going to do, by myself, on a day off in Italy? Read more…

The Isle of Capri

October 5, 2014

imageToday’s itinerary took me to the Isle of Capri.  Another mountain view of rows of colorful buildings that seem to be stacked one on top of another with narrow winding streets very similar to Positano. Read more…

First Day, Positano, Italy

October 4, 2014

imageSo here I am, Positano, Italy. Pinch me, as I can hardly believe it. And what about this view from my terrace I will wake up to each morning. With breakfast, served to me, right here! Read more…

Almond Biscotti (gluten free and date sweetened)

October 1, 2014

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By request, gluten-free biscotti!  Several emails came in asking about using g-free flour for my biscotti recipes.  Over the years I swapped out the white flour for a mix of wheat/white blend and reduced the sugar, but truly had not considered trying to make them gluten free.  Just as I would never replace my pasta; I’d rather give it up than try to “enjoy” a pasta made out of anything but semolina flour,  I felt the same way about my biscotti, until…now. Read more…

A Toast to Health, Happiness and Prosperity

September 25, 2014

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As many of you know, this blog started as a way to share my recipes with my daughter as she headed off for college.  Six years later, my daughter has graduated and working as an event coordinator; more specifically, wedding planning.  She immerses herself in every detail of planning, discovering unique ideas and concepts to make dreams become reality.  She is following her passion and I so love that for her. Read more…