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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31 7 / 2014

Tour of Murano and Burano #Italy #frommittentoboot #kitchenjoy #venice #murano #burano

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Earlier this week the rainy skies parted for just long enough that I was able to enjoy my day trip to Murano and Burano in dry weather…mostly. I booked my tour online a few days before, and just needed to take the bus to Venice again to meet up with the tour guide. I was feeling much more confident buying my tickets this time- luckily, since I was travelling solo. (You can read about our first…

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29 7 / 2014

Yesterday I spent the day sightseeing…a very welcome change from grocery shopping. A lot of people probably think that we’re over here on a 3 month vacation soaking up the sun, the sights, and the food. Not quite. We are definitely enjoying all that living in Italy has to offer, but that’s the big difference: living in Italy and vacationing in Italy are entirely different experiences. It’s one…

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25 7 / 2014

Peach Hand Pies and My New Bicycle #peaches #dessert #kitchenjoy

Breaking news! I got a bicycle! If you read my recent post about Settling In, you already know I was on mission to get my hands (and feet) on one. Hubby made it easy. He just showed up with one the other night. Now I just need to practice not bumping the bell when I use my brakes. I already draw enough attention around here, I definitely don’t need to be ringing my bell too.

Bluebell. She's blue and she has a bell. Mind-blowing name choice, right?

Bluebell. She’s blue…

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