Monthly Archives: August 2010

Canning season

I went to the supermarket yesterday and the canning jars are back! It’s the season for pickling eggplants, peppers and zucchini–one of my favorite side dishes. Also, plums, peaches and figs are in season, so many Italians make preserves. In … Continue reading

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Adventures in Tuscany

We were in my old stomping grounds this past weekend: Florence, Italy, where I studied abroad my junior year through Gonzaga University. We also managed to hit 7 other cities/towns along the way: Prato, Monteriggioni, Siena, Pisa, Lucca, Collodi and … Continue reading

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Buon Ferragosto!

August 15 marks Ferragosto—an Italian holiday that the Catholic Church celebrates to commemorate the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. In fact, the tradition goes back even further, to ancient Roman times. First proclaimed by the Emperor Augustus in 18 BC, … Continue reading

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Padre Pio pilgrimage

August 10th was the 100th anniversary of Padre Pio’s ordination in the Cathedral of Benevento, Italy, and Michael was conducting research in Pietrelcina, St. Pio’s hometown, where they celebrated the event by walking 12 km from Pietrelcina to Benevento. The … Continue reading

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Off the beaten path

This morning we had breakfast at Gelateria Caffé Letterario Ludicano, and it reminded me of a New York coffee shop—very modern inside, but nestled in an old building with trendy outdoor tables. I had a delicious chocolate covered donut and … Continue reading

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Missing the Oregon coast

This morning it’s already scorching and hundreds of bronzed bodies frolic in the surf. The sea is calm and clear as bathwater, not mosso, with rough waves, like I prefer. Then, I can at least pretend I’m looking at an … Continue reading

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Recipes from the Alps

A few weeks ago, our friend traveled to Dobbiaco, a city in the South Tyrol region of Italy. It’s often called the “gateway to the Dolomites,” a section of the Italian Alps. It’s an interesting region because it’s has established … Continue reading

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