Earthquake in Central Italy Virtual Sagra

central italy earthquake

Buon giorno Friends, By now, you have read the headlines and seen pictures of the devastation from the earthquake that hit central Italy on the morning of August 24th. I have spent the better part of the last few days reading both Italian and American news websites to stay up to date on the latest developments, and the news keeps getting more heartbreaking as the death toll continues to rise, pictures and stories of the victims emerge, and aftershocks persist. The mountain towns of Amatrice, Accumoli (both in Lazio), Arquata del Tronto and Pescara del Tronto (both in in Le Marche) […]

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Rice-Stuffed Tomatoes

rice stuffed tomatoes

The last time Peter and I were in Rome, we rented an apartment on Via Caulonia just off of Piazza Zama in the IX Appio Latino neighborhood, a few blocks up the street from my zia Franca, who lived in an apartment on Via Centuripe. She has since moved into her late sister’s apartment in another neighborhood to be closer to her nieces and nephews, but her former neighborhood will always be one of my favorite areas of Rome. It’s home to the Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano and the catacombs of San Callisto, but it’s mainly a residential neighborhood with one apartment building after another […]

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Caprese Salad

caprese salad

Tucked away in an old photo album somewhere is a picture of a seven or eight year-old me in long, wind-whipped pig tails and sunglasses pointing to something in the distance, a mouthed exclamation caught midway. The photo was most likely taken by my dad, who was quite the shutterbug when I was a kid. We were traveling aboard a speedboat around the Blue Grotto on the island of Capri. It’s all I remember about this photo; I have no recall of anything else–how we got there, why we went, where we stayed, or what we ate. The thought of this photo is never […]

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Roasted Bell Pepper Salad

Roasted Bell Pepper Salad

During the summer months, bell peppers are one of my favorite vegetables to have on hand. They’re practically overflowing out of the bins at the grocery store and they’re priced affordably, which gives me the  perfect excuse to make this roasted bell pepper salad, one of my favorite summer side dishes. In Italian, this dish is known as peperoni arrostiti. I grew up eating this often where it was served alongside grilled flank steak, pork roast, or roasted chicken. Lately, this salad has been part of our Friday night “no-cook” dinners where I serve it with a platter of prosciutto, a refreshing Caprese salad, and […]

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Friday Favorites {Vol. 20}

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! It was a hairy week and I didn’t finish the recipe post I had planned, so it’s just a hodgepodge Friday Favorites for you this week. New recipe posts are coming next week! 💛 So what does everyone think of Instagram Stories? I kind of like it! I never jumped on the Snapchat bandwagon because I need to keep track of another social media platform like I need a hole in my head, so Stories is a fun addition to Instagram. 💛 I’m a big believer in etiquette. 5 party etiquette questions answered. 💛 I need to make this […]

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