27 8 / 2014

When Little Things are Everything {Life in Italy}

I can’t even begin to count the ways that my life here is different than it is at home.

The language is different. The money is different. The people are different. They don’t have Target. Netflix and Hulu don’t work here. And so on and so forth…

Everyday tasks and errands have taken on a much larger role in my day to day life because every outing involves a lot more research/work/planning than…

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25 8 / 2014

As you can imagine, the Branzino here in the Venice area are plentiful and fresher than fresh…and so much more affordable than in the United States! Branzino is definitely becoming more widely available, at least in Michigan, so if you happen to know of a place that carries really fresh whole branzino (sea bass), I hope you’ll give this recipe a try. Branzino is a really mild fish that has an…

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22 8 / 2014

Living in the Treviso, Italy area, we see radicchio everywhere. Radicchio di Treviso is purple and white, and is sort of  the shape of romaine lettuce. Since it is such a local staple, I knew I had to give it a try and this recipe for Radicchio Crepes seemed like a logical place to start, given my affinity for all things crepe-related. A word of warning to those who may have never tried radicchio…

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20 8 / 2014


We’ve gotten to see and do a lot of things in the month since we landed here in Italy, but the one place that has monopolized our conversations and has us plotting our return would definitely have to be our visit to Rifugio Dolomites- Monte Rite. Back home in Michigan we do a lot of backpacking, hiking, and camping, so a hike in the Dolomites was a no-brainer. We just needed to make it happen as…

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18 8 / 2014

Caprese Salad with Balsamic Glaze #meatlessmonday #caprese #balsamic #Italy

Last week I told you about our visit to the Acetaia Villa San Donnino to see how traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena is made. While I would argue that the authentic, traditional version of Balsamic Vinegar is best if you can get your hands on it, I also think it’s important to be able to make your own version at home with ingredients that are readily available in any grocery store. Balsamic…

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15 8 / 2014

The most profound impression that the food here in Italy has had on me is entirely related to the quality of the ingredients, and the strict adherence to tradition when it comes to maintaining that quality. In a lot of ways, Italian food, in my opinion, is misunderstood. If you don’t believe me, just read How Italian Food Conquered the World by John F. Mariani. He meticulously chronicles the…

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11 8 / 2014

Pasta with Zucchini and Ricotta #meatlessmonday #pasta #Italy #kitchenjoy

There are a lot of things Italy does really well. For one, they really respect their ingredients. You don’t have to speak their language to see that it is deeply ingrained in their heritage. You only really eat what you grow yourself, or what is grown in your immediate vicinity. You’re buying from the person who grew/made your food. Even the packaged items at the grocery store are all produced…

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08 8 / 2014

Last weekend, Michael and I took advantage of our location and made the 1 1/2 hour drive so we could attend the Music, Food & Wine Festival at Bastianich Winery in celebration of the 1st birthday of Orsone Ristorante and B&B in Cividale del Friuli, Italy. Let me tell you, it was by far the highlight of our time in Italy so far.

Bastianich Winery in Cividale del Friuli

Bastianich Winery in Cividale del Friuli

We arrived a few minutes…

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06 8 / 2014

While pizza and pasta are perfectly wonderful, Hubby and I have been craving some meat. And by meat, I don’t mean prosciutto, because we have definitely been consuming that at an alarming rate. We needed something a little more hearty and homestyle to fill us up after several days in a row of rainy weather here in Italy. There is an over-abundance of good tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh bread…

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04 8 / 2014

Bussola Buranello Cookies #Burano #Italy #cookies

Bussola Buranello Cookies are a traditional cookie from the island of Burano in Venice, Italy. Burano is widely recognized for its brightly colored houses and its hand-crafted lace. It doesn’t take long to figure out that they’ve got quite a good thing going with their Bussola cookies also. There seem to be a few different ideas as to what the story behind these cookies might be, so I will share…

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