Category Archives: Family

Connecting the Italian Way

“How can we connect with relatives we don’t know, who live in villages we’ve only heard about but never been fortunate enough to visit?” Hubby D and I often get questions such as these from friends wanting to trace their … Continue reading

Posted in Family, Italian American, Italy, Travel, Writing | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Southern Charm

I’ve always loved visiting the South, whether as a newlywed driving with Hubby D on two-lane roads leading to Florida or those many return trips we later took with our growing family. Some routes we selected as most expedient—the Interstates … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Family, Lifestyle, Reading, Travel, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cookbooks and More Cookbooks

I tend to cook via trial and error—a little of this, a lot of that—oops, oh well. Not quite what I’d originally planned but, nevertheless, still edible for those hungry enough. In cucina di Loretta (my kitchen) the ingredients in … Continue reading

Posted in Baking, Books, Cooking, Family, Food, Italian American, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Bittersweet Memories

“An Italian Wedding” was originally published in 2011 and is one of my favorite blogs about the G family, our cousins who live in the Piemonte Region of Northern Italian. The following year the bride and groom and his parents … Continue reading

Posted in Cooking, Dining, Family, Italian American, Italy, Lifestyle, Travel, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Eggplants and I

Eggplant, you either love it or not. I still recall the first eggplant I brought home years ago. The purple veggie disappeared from my thoughts until I discovered it weeks later, a moldering mess hidden on an upper shelf by … Continue reading

Posted in Cooking, Family, Food, Friends, Italian American, Lifestyle, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

A Little Garlic Between Friends

I will be signing my Italian-American family sagas and mysteries during the Collinsville, Illinois, 2016 Italian Fest at Spirito’s Groceria on Main Street, Fri, Sept 16, 10 to 5; Sat, Sept 17, 10 to 2. And to celebrate this year’s … Continue reading

Posted in Cooking, Family, Friends, Italian American, Italy, kitchen, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tomato Sundae, Anyone?

I’ve written before about my friend E, caterer, farmer, and food preservationist extraordinaire who often challenges my ingenuity with summertime gifts of produce that require immediate attention to avoid spoilage. Such was the case several weeks ago when she passed … Continue reading

Posted in Cooking, Dining, Family, Food, Lifestyle, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment