Mussels au gratin: super easy, super delicious!

Ingredients mussels breadcrumbs Extra virgin olive oil white wine parsley garlic salt   Put mussels in a pan with olive oil, parsley, salt; cover with a lid and cook until they open up. In a bowl, mix breadcrumbs, minced garlic, minced parsley, EV olive oil, white wine and salt until you get a smooth mixture….

10 things that prove you grew up in an Italian family

1. YOUR CONCEPT OF MEAL IS DIFFERENT FROM ALL OTHERS You easily find yourself saying: “Is it 3 pm already???” Lunch is not just feeding yourself in an Italian family: it’s a way to stay together, to enjoy both a good conversation and a delicious dish. 2. YOU CANNOT KEEP YOUR HANDS DOWN WHEN TALKING…

How to make exceptional crispy baked potatoes!

We rarely deep-fry anything at home, we prefer baking! That’s the same for fresh potatoes: knowing the right procedures and choosing the best seasoning, there’s nothing as crispy and delicious as oven-cooked potatoes! Plus…it’s really really easy! Ingredients (for 4 servings): 800 gr fresh potatoes extra virgin live oil rosemary garlic salt Boil water in a pot with…

Visiting Umbria: the beauty of Spello and its “infiorate”!

Umbria has a special place in our hearts. It was our first holiday together when we started dating, it’s been our music escape for all these years, because of its “Umbria Jazz festival” in Perugia; it’s a region that we know very well, because it’s close to Abruzzo and this gave us the chance to travel…

Spaghetti with Savoy cabbage, homemade lonza and Abruzzese Pecorino cheese!

A recipe that draws inspiration from Abruzzo’s winter traditional products and dishes: homemade lonza (many families still make their salami, sausages and lonza at home), Savoy cabbage (that we use a lot in our area to make a dish called “fùje shtrascinìte“) and of course…our Pecorino cheese! Ingredients (for 4 servings) 1 small head of savoy cabbage 4-5 thick…

The best of Saint Patrick’s day…and a walk in Dublin!

Raise your hand if you’ve been to Saint Patrick’s day in Dublin at least once! NEVER BEEN??? You don’t know what you are missing! Dublin is a gorgeous city and being there on March 17th is simply incredible! These are some photos of our trip to Dublin in 2012! The parade, the Temple Bar…and of…

Moro River Canadian War Cemetery

Near Ortona, in Abruzzo, there is a place that links Italians and Canadians: the Moro River Canadian War Cemetery. “By the winter of 1943 the German armies in Italy were defending a line stretching from the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Naples, to the Adriatic Sea south of Ortona. The Allies prepared to break through this…

Making pesche dolci (sweet peaches) with grandma Angela!

Grandma Angela is the greatest cooking teacher you could ever have. She is one of those women who learned how to cook when there were no measuring cups or scales. Her mother was a cook (for weddings, baptisms and all the main religious events they had in our small village) and she keeps all the…

Dall’Etna al Gran Sasso: when Sicily comes to Abruzzo!

Sicily and Abruzzo: a magical rendezvous that happens once a year in the stunning atmosphere of Città Sant’Angelo! This enchanting little borgo, part of the exclusive club of the “most beautiful old villages of Italy”, hosts every year “Dall’Etna al Gran Sasso”, a sagra where you can taste the best of Abruzzo and Sicily culinary traditions….

Italy (episode 1): culinary adventure at a sagra in Abruzzo!

Here we are everybody…looking for amazing Italian experiences to tell you! This is an adventure that anyone should experience at least once in Italy: a sagra! We already told you about these events and we want to share a real one with you! A “sagra” is a local feast, organized by a town or city,…

Vintage Reel Award…thank you again!

Well, what to say…we got nominated for another award! Emilia Lives life has recently nominated us for the Vintage Reel blog award…THANK YOU so much for your overwhelming support, we LOVE being part of the amazing blogger family!!! You can read about this award here.  Check out Emilia’s amazing blog, we enjoy her stories about…