Cannellini All’Olio

Cucina Conversations

Welcome to November’s Cucina Conversations post! This month, we are sharing recipes that feature olive oil as the star ingredient. November in Italy marks the start of la raccolta delle olive (the olive harvest). Olive trees were first cultivated in ancient Greece and have been providing civilization with the benefits of their oil for over four thousand years. The oil was used not only for nourishment, but for medicinal purposes and as a lighting source. In the 3rd century AD, olive oil became an important commodity of the Roman empire where it was traded throughout the Mediterranean. After the fall of the Roman […]

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Friday Favorites {Vol. 25}

Friday Favorites

Happy November! After the flurry of activity last month, it’s wonderful to not have anything planned this month. The weather continues to cool off here in Houston and I’m loving the extra hour despite the fewer hours of sunlight (which I can never get used to). Despite the shorter days, I like the reminder that the fall season gives us to return to “hearth and home”. I have always been a homebody and during the fall and winter months, I especially enjoy making our home cozy, filling it with the aromas of long-simmered soups and stews, freshly baked breads and sweets, and lightly scented […]

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Apple Torta Sbrisolona

Cucina Conversations

Welcome to the October installment of Cucina Conversations! This month, we are talking about the Catholic feast day of Ognissanti (All Saint’s Day), which is celebrated on November 1st. The origins of Ognissanti date back to May 609 AD, when Pope Boniface IV formally established the feast day by consecrating Rome’s Pantheon (formerly a pagan temple) into a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary and the martyrs. He also established il giorno dei morti (All Soul’s Day) to follow the day after Ognissanti. It wasn’t until the mid-eighteenth century that the dates of both feast days were changed to November 1st and 2nd by Pope Gregory III, and Ognissanti became […]

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Friday Favorites {Vol. 24}

Friday Favorites

And just like that, we have reached the end of October. I feel like this month has flown by, but it’s been a fun one for us, filled with travels and a lot of time with dear friends. We laughed a lot this month and it felt great. We’re off to College Station this weekend to meet up with close family friends who are bringing their son to tour Texas A&M University. More fun ahead for us! On Monday, we’ll be answering the door (hopefully) many times to unload all the candy we bought for the neighborhood trick-or-treaters. Monday, will also bring you the […]

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Friday Favorites {Vol. 23}

Friday Favorites

Happy October! After April and September (mine and Peter’s birthday months), October is my favorite month. It’s when it truly starts to feel like fall here in Texas. Mornings and evenings are cooler, I throw open the windows all over the house to enjoy the fresh air, I decorate my fireplace and front door with my harvest decorations, and with the oppressive Texas heat finally gone, I start baking more. This month, Peter and I are finally doing a little traveling. After putting off vacation this year, we are finally taking a few trips. This week, I’m Austin for BlogHer Food ’16 and […]

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