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Il Talismano della Felicita, Italy

Il Talismano della Felicita: Recipe #2 The Real Pasta Bolognese

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When I lived in Spain, I didn’t do much traveling. I knew that it would not be my last time in Europe and it was very important for me to get to know one culture very well. During the 12 months that I spent in Spain, I picked up a Spanish accent, learned how to “darle la vuelta a la tortilla” and got to know every nook and cranny of Madrid. I did not, however, get to see much of Europe. I did however get to see Bologna. A very good friend of mine spent a year in Bologna finding his own nooks and crannies of this very “dotta” (learned) and “rossa” (red) città. To get a better understanding of Bologna’s last nickname “la grassa” (the fat one) we went to L’Osteria dell’Orsa where he had found il ragù bolognese or as it is now called Bolognese Sauce. Continue Reading

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Cultural Musings, Italy

Cultural Notes #1: Thoughts on Digestion and Espresso: An Italian Perspective

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by Gianni Boradori found on http://www.fotocommunity.it/pc/pc/cat/5955/display/29561285

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Scene– A Milan apartment, 4 people sit around a dinner table, surrounding them are evidences of a good meal, three are Italian, one is American. Beside them sit their tazzine of freshly brewed coffee. The American drinks quickly, she looks at one of the Italians and asks “May I have another?” Her boyfriend takes one look at her and says “In Italia, non si fa così.”

If I had a dollar for every cultural mistake that I have made abroad I would be very rich. Of all my blunders, this story has stuck with me. Especially after reading this post. In the article, the question of digestion appeared three times and it occurred to me that Americans do not often consider digestion when they prepare a meal. Something as simple as coffee is a question of digestion for Italians and their beverage of choice for breakfast, lunch and dinner vary greatly based on this issue.

 

 

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Il Talismano della Felicita, Italy

Recipe #1: Pollo Alla Cacciatore

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WHAT A DAY! I woke up at seven to go to work, worked for 7 hours, attended my German class during my lunch break, then attended my French class, and arrived home pretty much devoid of energy and STARVING! Luckily, when you are tired, nothing is quite as enticing as a good meal. Especially if that meal is Pollo a la Cacciatore Maddalena.

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Cookbooks, Il Talismano della Felicita, Italy

Il Talismano della Felicita: OUR FIRST COOKBOOK!

noun_82222_ccAND IT’S ARRIVED! The first book was waiting for me at work this morning. And what a beauty it is! It’s bright red colors with gold lettering just screams royalty. It’s just begging me to open it and start cooking. But oh dear me….This is not your 21st century cookbook!

“Il Talismano della Felicita” was first published in 1929 as a compilation of recipes Ada Boni had published during her time as a writer for the women’s home economics magazine “Preziosa.” It is, as far as I can tell, one of the few cookbooks that most Italians had in their houses at that time.

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