Friday, November 22, 2013

9 days in Italy : Monday ~ Bassano del Grappa

My family came to visit me back in September for 9 days. We had a full schedule of places to visit in Veneto region in just 9 days. First day, we all discovered Bassano del Grappa. 

By far is one of my favorite towns in Italy. 

Here are some photos from our day. 

 A beautiful fresco 
 This is probably one of my favorite photos! Love the flowers on the balcony.
 Doing what Italians do best… Apertivo time ~ 4 glasses of Prosecco, please! 
From Left - me, my hubby Marco, my brother Randy and my Step -dad Lorenzo. 
Ceramic shop 

After a long walk discovering this charming city we had to stop for Bruschetta.. 

 Post card perfect ~ 
 My mom, me and Luca James ~ notice his feet. haha! He was hungry. 
 My brother, the photographer :) 
 And if you didn't know.. This is where the Grappa is made.. 
Window shopping.. 

yours truly :) 

 One of the main squares… 
 On the way home..

Our personal tour guide and Harley, our mini poodle.. 

 I was so happy to have my family with me again.. 
 brother in laws deep in conversation.. Notice Marco's hands.. 
Walking on the Alpini Bridge 
 Mother/Son photo in Bassano 

 One of my favorite homes in Bassano ~ 

 One of my favorites that my brother captured perfectly. Daily life in Italy. 


You can find some of these photos that my brother who is also a professional photographer at : 

Check out more of his trip to Italy on his website too :) 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

My VIEW from the office

My view from the office a few weeks ago.. in Valdobbiadene.. 

Winter came Early . . .

Winter came early in Cortina.. 

First snow of the season 

Photos taken by my friend Giampiero Piva who allowed me to share them on my blog. 

These photos were taken in Cimabanche pass from Cortina to Dobbiaco. 

Simply lovely ~ I adore Italy and all of it's four seasons. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Osso Buco Arrosto con Radicchio di Treviso

Osso Buco = hole in the bone in English.. Sounds a bit nicer in Italian, doesn't it? 

Anyhow, here is a step by step photo recipe for Osso Buco done by Chef Marco. 

It's best to use veal but you could also use beef if need be. 

A few steps that weren't photographed. 

1. Wash the meat, pat dry 
2. Dip both sides of meat in flour. 
3. Using  a pan add a splash of olive oil and about 3-4 cloves of garlic
( depends on how many you cook at the same time) 
4. Let the garlic sauté for 5 minutes or so and then place in the Osso Buco.

5. Have on medium heat, add a cup of white wine and let brown on each side. 

 6. Continue to let brown 

 7. Using fresh ingredients is key.. 
 8. Sprinkle freshly chopped rosemary and sage over the osso buco 
 9. Add boiling water to the pan.. 

 10. Cover and simmer, checking every 5 minutes or so. 

 11. Uncover once osso buco has browned on each side.. 
put the heat back on medium to soak up the boiling water
 12. Finished. 

Now to start the side dish "contorno" 

Side dish of Radicchio 

1. Wash the radicchio and cut 
2. To a pan add a splash of Olive Oil and one chopped onion and let sauté for 5 minutes 

 3. Add Radicchio ~ Isn't it pretty?
4. Cover and let simmer for 5 minutes. 
 5. Mix Olive Oil, onion and radicchio together and serve

Osso buco with radicchio di Treviso 

One thing about home Italian cooking is nothing is measured out.. 

This is the hardest part while writing my cookbook. 

So, you will need 

4 Osso buco di Veal 
flour ( for coating the veal) 
Olive Oil 
Fresh Garlic - 3-4 cloves 
Boiling water 
1 cup of white wine
salt and pepper to taste
Fresh Rosemary and Sage 
Olive Oil

For the side dish of Radicchio 
You will need 

Olive Oil 
1 chopped onion 
Fresh Radicchio 

Please let Marco know if you've tried the recipe or if you have any questions by
leaving a comment down below :) 

Buon Appetito 

Friday, October 4, 2013


I am thrilled to welcome a son, born in July in Italy. 

The last three months have been a blur of love, fatigue, and excitement. 
He is very, very sweet and him and I are learning more and more about each other every day. 

Heres to new adventures


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Favorite time of year

 One of my favorite times of year in Italy is when the wild poppies decide to "pop" up ~ 

What is yours? 

Wild sheep grazing in the Venetian countryside ~ 

And lastly a lone donkey eating his lunch ~ 


Mother's Day

Yes, I bought this tiramisu for myself today as I am a mamma to be. It's not usually that in Italy they celebrate for Mamma's to be also, but I believe in it and thought I'd treat myself to a slice of tiramisu! 

Happy Mother's Day to all of the Mother's to be as well as to the Mother's!!!