It seems like every day since Sunday, something has changed just a little in our little corner of the world. On Sunday, we went to our “Sunday bar” for our breakfast. Sunday we were told that our province of Parma had been added to the “red zone”. That meant that were were not allow to travel out of our comune, and the bars and restaurants would only be open from 6:00-18:00.Continue reading →
We just finished Christmas lunch (it’s 3:30 pm) at one of our favorite restaurants (which is closing at the end of the year 🙁 ).
I’m not sure I can even add any words to explain how good it was – so here are the photos, with brief explanations of the dishes!
Every year, Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper holds a vote for the “most important word of phrase of the year”. These listings are frequently political in nature, dealing with the “hot topics” of the year. If you read Italian, here’s their current list to vote from. I’ll just stay out of the politics this year, and vote for “allunaggio” 🙂Continue reading →
Living in Emilia–Romagna, I sure love a good Ragù! I don’t love waiting all day for it though! And while not all modern conveniences work well with traditional recipes, thankfully the modern versions of the pressure cooker, and the Instant Pot specifically, are often a wonderful choice for a faster meal that still brings the flavor, texture and consistency of the original day-long process. Ragù alla Bolognese seemed like a perfect candidate for an Instant Pot time slash, so I took it on!Continue reading →
As I’ve discussed a few times, I’m deep into our family genealogy, for various sides of the family. While I’m a Zanrè by marriage only, this particular family tree truly intrigues me. I’ve been looking at a way to engage other Zanrè family members, and find some “missing links”.Continue reading →
I’m back to scouring church records for insights on Zanrè information. In doing so, I’ve stumbled on a rather interesting find.
My husband Joe has been friends with one Vinnie Baruffati for about 4 decades. They had a few things in common in Scotland, one of which was they were both from Italian heritage. They knew that both of their families were from the same general area of Italy, but never thought too much about it.Continue reading →
Okay – this isn’t terribly Italian, but I’m still working on the Italy genealogy. There are cool things there too. I promise to get back to that. In the meantime, this is has been occupying my time, and I need to share!!!Continue reading →
Wow! My husband will have a photograph exhibited at the upcoming MIA PHOTO FAIR in Milano, March 22-25, 2019. Many of you know that Joe invented a camera trigger for capturing high speed events normally unseen by the human eye – you can see more about it at SnaperturePro.com. He’s spent the past couple of years concentrating on Water Drop photography, and it’s obviously paid off.Continue reading →
Valentine’s Day is known in Italy as “La Festa Degli Innamorati.” It is celebrated primarily only between lovers and sweethearts, but like many “commercial holidays” that have been influenced by the United States, this has spread to other parts of the population over the years.Continue reading →