Feb 15, 2016

Healing with food, Italian style

Whether to treat minor issues like the colpo d'aria (stiffness or a cold from a draft, basically) or to attack more serious conditions, Italians have an entire protocol when it comes to eating the sickness away that goes way beyond the old maxim,"Feed a cold, starve a fever."

When you are sick in Italy there is never starvation involved but Italians are remarkable when it comes to what you should and should not eat when sick. While Americans just plow through ailments or hide in bed – and not eating if they don’t feel like it – in Italy not having at least a bowl of mamma’s chicken soup is punishable by a lengthy jail term, so imagine fasting. Heresy! Continue Reading ➔

Feb 13, 2016

Traveling with Kids

Unfamiliar timetables, jet lag disrupting a well-established routine, not to mention the stress of check-in lines, passport control queues and security checks: these are enough to break any seasoned traveler, even more so if with kids. Add a star if doing this as single parents.

Is there a secret for making travel with kids seamless or at least bearable? Maybe not, but I have accumulated enough mileage to share some helpful hints for parents traveling with tiny humans in their care.

The best thing to do when approaching extended travel in the company of your children is wise planning, keeping clutter to a minimum, and staying calm. Here are my tips for traveling with kids. Continue Reading →

Feb 10, 2016

Essential kitchen tools for cooking Italian food

Just like any cuisine uses its indigenous cookware Рthink anything from Asian stacked bamboo steamer baskets and woks, to Spanish paella pans and French cr̬pe skillets РItalian cookery also demands its own set of specific tools and implements.

Check out this list of 12 essential kitchen tools for cooking Italian food.  Continue Reading ☛