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April 12, 2016
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Meet The Baker-Paolo

Want to have a day filled with amazing scenery, lots of laughs, fabulous food and learn to bake the traditional bread of the Garfagnana? All you need to do is sign up for a day with Erica from Sapori e Saperi and you too can experience what we did on this sunny Monday in the mountains […]

March 28, 2016
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Pasquetta-Little Easter

In Italy the Monday after Easter is also a holiday known as Pasquetta. Schools are closed, most people are off from work and it’s a day when many families head off to the countryside for a picnic. It almost feels like the official start to spring. We may not be going on a picnic today, […]

November 25, 2015
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Happy Thanksgiving!

As much as I love to cook, I am happy to say that this year I am only contributing two side dishes to the Thanksgiving celebration. I’ve been making this cranberry sauce for years and I yesterday I whipped up an extra large batch because I love having it around. Try it on your leftover […]

May 25, 2015
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Thank You

Happy Memorial Day and a big thank you to all the men and women who have fought to keep us free. Somehow thank you just isn’t quite enough… That’s my Dad somewhere in Italy sleeping in the front of his tank.

May 26, 2014
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Thank You For Your Service-Memorial Day

Can we ever be thankful enough to all the men and women who have served our country? My maternal grandfather during World War I. My father in Pisa during World War II some time after serving in north Africa and then at the Battle of Anzio.

April 7, 2014
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Dreaming Of The South

It’s been six months since I was last in Italy. Leaving is never easy and not a day goes by that I don’t day dream about being there. As much as I am taken with Lucca and the Garfagnana area, I think a trip south is long overdue. I’ve been carrying Carla Capalbo’s book-The Food […]

June 18, 2013
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Got Vino?

My father spent a good part of the second world war stationed in Italy. He landed with his unit in Salerno and participated in the battle of Anzio. Other than that I don’t know exactly where he was but he took these photos and it gives me some comfort to know that there were days […]

March 31, 2013
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Easters Past

I’m happy to say that I’ve spent four or five Easters in Italy, unfortunately this year isn’t one of them. A few of those I celebrated alone in Arezzo where I was attending language school. I kept waiting for an Italian family to adopt me and take me home to partake in their celebration, but […]