Sant’Agata

Yes, winter has a lot of holidays that have wonderful celebrations. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that nothing is being done on the farms right now and it is dark and cold and people need to bring some joy into their lives? Also, not all Saint’s days are celebrated all over…

Giorni della Merla

You really have to pay attention in Italy with all the holidays, festivals and traditions. Although Italy is a Catholic country, home to the Pope, many of the Catholic holidays took over Pagan holidays. At the end of January, are the “Days of the Blackbird”. Based on the weather during these three days, it let’s…

Bless these Animals

I know, a lot of holy days. Living in a Catholic country, everyday has it’s patron saint, some even more than one. Today is Sant’ Antonio Abate. Not the Saint Anthony who you pray to if you lose something, but the one that is the Patron Saint of animals. How do you tell? Look down,…

Rocks in your socks-La Befana

When the Befana arrives it is a sign that the holiday season is coming to the end. The marathon of Christmas, New Year’s and finally the Befana. It is the time when Italians may take one of their vacation weeks and hit the slopes or just visit family. The calze, large stockings, are on sale…

Expat Pantry |Baking

One of the biggest problems being an expat is missing some comfort food. For me it is mostly baked goods. Bagels, Pancakes and other sweets from my childhood. I also miss some of the international foods I grew up on like Chinese, Mexican and Japanese. I want to share some of my pantry basics. I thought…