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Cake for Carnivale! Schiacciata Fiorentina/Florentine Orange Cake

It’s time for delicious oranges from Sicily, which made me search for recipes using our ample orange supply. I came upon a traditional orange sponge cake made in Florence for Carnivale, the period before the Christian season of Lent. I quickly found a recipe in an American cookbook, using butter and all-purpose flour. However, I wanted to find an Italian recipe and this is what I used: https://ricette.giallozafferano.it/schiacciata-fiorentina.html

Finished product!

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Perusing Parma: Food Comes First!

Among the many benefits of simply living in Italy rather than visiting for a short period is that a friend can call and say she wants to go to Parma for lunch, and the next day we can hop on a train and experience a new city!

Osteria dello Zingaro
Pasticceria Cocconi- yum!

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The Alba White Truffle Fair!

Our much anticipated day trip to Alba, Italy for the 88th International White Truffle Fair was everything I had hoped it would be!

The White Truffle Fair

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Away in Aosta!

A long weekend beckoned us towards the northwest mountain region of Italy and we couldn’t have been more pleasantly surprised by the majestic beauty and history before us!

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Deep Dive at the Duomo

It’s our first full rainy weekend in Milan, so we decided to visit the Duomo and see the Cathedral and the adjacent museum.  Other than the scary top with its wet stone steps, I’d say it was a good way to spend a rainy day!

 

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Playing with Porcini!

Timeline: 10:oo am, Friday morning. Thankfully Kevin got paid yesterday, because I practically spent his entire paycheck buying these fresh porcini mushrooms at the outdoor market!

Mushrooms worth their weight in silver (gold will be later, for truffles!)

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A day in Bologna!

Kevin met me in Bologna after my trip to Rome and I think it’s safe to say that climbing the big tower is not in my future, after spry Kevin swore that he would never do that again!

Bologna Tower- Kevin climbed, but never again!

View of Bologna from atop the tower

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Rome in the Rain

In our first two months in Italy we’ve had almost no rain, so the intermittent showers and even thunderstorms I experienced in Rome were a welcome change, despite the fact that we dashed from sight to sight between downpours.  The cloudy sky created terrific light effects as we took a panoramic guided bus tour of the hills and ancient sights of Rome.

St. Peter’s Basilica under Clouds

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Leisure in Lugano!

What a treat to hop on a train in Milan and an hour later arrive in a different country! We will be visiting Switzerland often, I predict!

Lake Lugano, Switzerland

The shores of Lake Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano, Switzerland

Lake Lugano and the Alps from Monte San Salvatore

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Fresh Market Shopping and Italian Cooking!

If you know me, you know I tend to ‘go deep’ in subjects and activities when I’m inspired, whether it’s learning about a particular point or person in history, or learning a new sport or activity. Friday I ventured into the world of produce shopping, right on the street outside our apartment, and today I went deep in classic Italian recipes. And I learned sometimes you CAN have too much of a good thing.

Zucchini blossoms stuffed with Ricotta cheese!

 

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