Wines of Apulia: The Primitivo from Old Bushes

Wines of Apulia: The Primitivo from Old Bushes
Preserving the old vine bushes has been a major driver for Morella Vini. Behind Morella Vini stands Lisa Gilbee, a graduate in oenology from Roseworthy, South Australia that went to practice in Tuscan...
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Speak to Me

Speak to Me
  I would say that her name is Mary.  Wouldn’t you?  I wish she could speak to me.  In a way she does.  Her upturned eyes and expression speaks volumes.  But there is so much more I want to know.  Det...
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Limoncello Mousse

Limoncello Mousse
    The first time you try Limoncello your eyes will open wide and your senses will overload.  First off the intense lemon hits your tongue.  Next, the slightly bitter tanginess  of lemon rind fills y...
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Earthquake Fundraiser with NIAF

Earthquake Fundraiser with NIAF
  Dear Friends, as you know, about one month ago, the beautiful region of Emilia-Romagna in Italy was devastated by a violent earthquake that took many lives, destroyed many homes and monuments and ca...
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Strawberry Shortcake Goes Italian

Strawberry Shortcake Goes Italian
    L et's take this very American dessert and give it an Italian twist for a simple Summertime treat, especially while strawberries are in season.  Cut up a pint of fresh sweet strawberries into slic...
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A Taste of Italy in Alaska

A Taste of Italy in Alaska
    “Buon Viaggio!”    Now THAT is what we should have heard as we boarded for an Alaskan cruise in Seattle last month.   First of all, we came to find out that our beautiful, 930’ long ship, The Star...
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Grilled Fennel, Orange and Buffalo Mozzarella Salad

Grilled Fennel, Orange and Buffalo Mozzarella Salad
Bright sunshine , olive groves, citrus trees, rolling hills and beautiful beaches are just a few things that I remember about my travels to Sicily.  Small cars and scooters buzzing around the tight, l...
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Infiorata - Flower Carpets for Corpus Domini Processions

Infiorata - Flower Carpets for Corpus Domini Processions
One of the most colorful festivals held throughout Italy is the infiorata , the creation of flower petal carpets or tapestries. Usually the infiorata is held for Corpus Domini, also called Corpus Chri...
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Il Mulino di Firenze, for those looking for somewhere different to stay

Il Mulino di Firenze, for those looking for somewhere different to stay
When looking for a hotel in Florence, you may want to look down river for a little gem. Normally when I stay in Florence I stay in one of the hotels in the centre of the city but this time I thought w...
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Bardolino by the Lake

Bardolino by the Lake
  For many years I have wanted to go to Bardolino and a recent trip back to Italy gave me an opportunity. I would leave a couple of days early and stay in Bardolino before I went to a wine show in nea...
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A Crochet Bedspread in my Italian Trunk

A Crochet Bedspread in my Italian Trunk
A few days ago, I decided to crack open one of my two Italian trunks and live a little.     My Trunks Shipping Tag - Naples to New York   I have been married 44 years and have owned this crochet bedsp...
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The Veteran That I Knew Best

The  Veteran  That I  Knew  Best
  My father – Vincenzo Luigi Manzelli.  He served in Europe from June 1941 until September 1945 and being born in 1914, he was one of the older “boys”.  He had fun stories about throwing cases of wine...
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Panna Cotta all'Amaretto

Panna Cotta all'Amaretto
Amaretto Panna Cotta         Comfort food, easy comfort food.  Whether it is an eggy oven baked custard or Italy's voluptuous Panna Cotta, creamy dairy based are always a hit.  I experiment with Panna...
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La Rasola

La Rasola
    La Rasola is a very old tool used by ladies in Puglia to make Orecchiette and Cavatelli. This particular elegant Rasola was made for me by a dear fan, Luigi Liuzzi, living in Los Angeles, CA. His ...
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Back to my Alma Mater - Part 2

Back to my Alma Mater - Part 2
  On March 4, 2012, as part of the celebrations of Women's History Month , I had the pleasure to be invited by the Alumni Associations of St. John's University and speak to my fellow Alumnae from the ...
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Happy Holidays - Buon Natale - Merry Christmas

Happy Holidays - Buon Natale - Merry Christmas
Enjoy this beautiful Christmas song performed by Luciano Pavarotti: "Tu Scendi dalle Stelle"      
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My Little Bottega

My Little Bottega
  When I started this wonderful Cooking with Nonna project, I never imagined that it would one day lead me into following the footsteps of both my great nonna Regina and my nonna Romana. You see, over...
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Arrivederci Seattle

Just a few days ago I have come back from one of the most memorable experiences of my life... a trip to Seattle to host La Festa Italiana ! I must confess that Seattle is absolutely a jewel of a city ...
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My First National Gourmet Institute Experience!

My First National Gourmet Institute Experience!
    Many of you know that I've recently completed the Natural Gourmet Institute's 30th annual Summer Intensive class.  As someone in the food business I believe in being an eternal student.  My class ...
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Festa Italiana - Seattle

Festa Italiana - Seattle
  My Dear Friends, I'm so excited to have been invited as the Special Guest at the Festa Italiana in Seattle which will take place on September 24 & 25, 2011. At this event I will be doing a demo on e...
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Join La Famiglia at Cooking with Nonna!
Would you like to become a member of La Famiglia at Cooking with Nonna? It is very easy to join and lots of great food will come your way!