Nine Mouth-Watering Reasons to Visit Italy

Photo courtesy of Clara Petrucelli. (Top row, left to right) Penne Rigate all’Arrabiata – Penne in a spicy tomato sauce with crushed red pepper flakes. Fettuccini Porcini – Fettuccini with Porcini mushrooms. Rigatoncini all’Amatriciana – Small rigatoni with sauce made with Guanciale (pork cheek), pecorino cheese, and tomato. This pasta originates from the town of Amatrice. One of the towns in Italy hit recently by the … Continue reading Nine Mouth-Watering Reasons to Visit Italy

A Trip Down Memory Lane: Brussels and Bruges

As you may remember, our family lived in Brussels, Belgium for four years from 1997 until 2001. Both our children were born in Brussels. After we returned to the US, I had brought the children to visit Brussels in 2005 but we had not been back since then. We thought it very appropriate to visit Brussels on our last weekend getaway before moving back to … Continue reading A Trip Down Memory Lane: Brussels and Bruges

You Don’t Have to Be Italian to Make Homemade Italian Sauce and Meatballs

I have always loved Italian food. The closest I came to authentic Italian food as a child was eating at my parent’s Italian-Argentinian friend’s home. Their lasagna was to die for. There was always pizza from the local Queens or Brooklyn pizzeria. Then there was the annual trek with my parents to the San Gennaro feast in Little Italy in New York City every September. … Continue reading You Don’t Have to Be Italian to Make Homemade Italian Sauce and Meatballs