I’m an Italian American who loves to cook and entertain. It doesn’t matter if I’m feeling stressed, sad, or happy, I cook. I also love to entertain and share my creations with friends and neighbors.
Reading cookbooks is a hobby of mine. In fact, I read them like a person would read a novel. I even belong to a cookbook club called “Cooking The Books” that meets once a month to talk about cookbooks, share recipes and food. Back in the day, I had hundreds of cookbooks. Today, I have scaled my collection back to less than 50. Of course, that doesn’t count the cooking magazines that I read cover-to-cover.
A few favorites that grace my kitchen bookshelf currently are Culinaria Italy – Pasta, Pesto, Passion, The Silver Spoon Pulgia, Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan, The Food of Italy, Everyone is Italian on Sunday by Rachael Ray, Vegetables from an Italian Garden, and the Amici D’Italia Cookbook of recipes (1981-2011) from the Italian Club’s members.
We have our own garden and use the fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs when I cook, and scraps/waste goes in the compost for next year’s garden.
I don’t restrict my reading to just cookbooks — I enjoy fiction and non-fiction books of all kinds. Here is a list of some of my favorite books with Italian themes. Books.
Travel is my other love. Over the years I’ve enjoyed Europe the most, Italy in particular. My Italian family comes from Palermo, Sicily, and Bari in the Southern Italy region of Puglia. So quite a few of my recipes have a Southern Italy “heart” to them.
Not only do we enjoy food and travel, my husband and I have learned an appreciation of wine over the years. When we moved to the outskirts of Portland Oregon from Southern California we learned that the Willamette Valley is rich with wineries. So for the past 12 years, we’ve been doing our best to visit them all – so many wineries, so little time. We also enjoy Italian wines, so when we’re in Italy, we sample a lot of wine and ship the best varietals home.
I journal my travels too so if you enjoy reading amusing travel stories, our 2017 trip is included in this blog and begins here. Our 2015 journey begins here. In 2019 we’re planning a trip to Scotland and Ireland so stay tuned!
The primary reason I started this food blog was to give me something to do while recovering from a back injury. (Details) The bonus is that I am able to share my love of food with others and have a diary of my favorite recipes. The critical year has passed, back surgery and recovery completed and looking to a brighter future. I thought about taking the website down and then realized how much fun I had sharing recipes and writing the stories to go along with those recipes, so I decided to keep the blog going.
Hope you enjoy traveling with me through my food adventures.