Battle of the Queens

It seems that most things in this lovely valley I live in revolve around cows.  The beloved Fontina that is eaten at every meal, the cows standing the the middle of the road blocking the traffic on the way to work, regional competitions for leather workers who make very fine cow bell collars, metal workers […]

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My Second Winter: Musings about living here for more than a year

I’ve now been living in Italy for about 14 months… and I have to say that the reality of living here is different than I expected.  Some things are better, some are worse.  Some just, well, different.  I’m finding that I am much more homesick that I expected.  I have lived all over the place, […]

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Homemade Veggie Burgers! mmm….

  There are a good few things I want to write about, but since a number of people have been asking me about this particular topic lately, I’ll go with it! A bit of background: I’ve been a vegetarian for 18 or 19 years now, and I take care to make sure that I have […]

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Operation: Cheese Making Part III

In addition to making those other tasty cheeses in previous posts (especially queso fresco…mmmm!), I’ve been working on two new cheeses! Cheese #7: Molded Cheese Rounds This is basically a farmer-style cheese, made into to little rounds.  Before trying them, I thought ‘TOMINI!’, but alas they were only tomini in form, although they were still […]

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No-Knead Bread

I know that this is so 2006, and it’s been written about probably ten thousand times, but it’s so good and simple that I must also contribute to the plethora of blog posts about this magnificent bread. No-knead bread hit the mainstream audience in November 2006 with this article in the NY Times.  It was […]

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Pie, the mysterious food art

Pie making is truly an art. A ‘good’ pie tastes good and looks good. An utterly fantastic pie that makes your toes curl and moans escape your throat has so much more. Not only are the innards tasty and cooked/prepared to perfection, but they use fresh, seasonal ingredients, and are a combination of simplicity and […]

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Operation: Cheese Making Part II… Mozzerella, Ricotta, & Seras

And the cheese making adventures continue! On to ‘real’ cheeses… that is to say, those that involve more than separating curds from whey and squishing the curds together. Only slightly more involved, and way more fun. Cheese #4: Mozzerella Now, there are 2 different main ways to making mozzerella; one way takes two days, and […]

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Operation: Cheese Making

I’ve had a dream for as long as I can remember; one of those kinds of dreams that you never think will actually happen, and you tuck in a box under your bed, but you keep harboring a distant hope that one day maybe it’ll happen. I realized that waiting around and hoping doesn’t do […]

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Quart Cheese Festival

It is high time I wrote about the Quart Cheese Festival! It is always the same day every year, August 14, conveniently timed to be the day before day of national holiday, so that all participants can recover from their overdose of cheese and indulgence of wine. It is in the Alpine village of Quart […]

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Those hands!

I’m not generally a person to notice hands. They are useful tools, and the opposable thumb helped humans to get us to where we are. If I want to look at the aspects of someone with respect to how they communicate, I look at their face. Their eyes, their mouth, eyebrows, if they wrinkle their […]

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