Give Thanks ... That's All

Posted on November 24, 2016 by Rebecca Ponzi

Today is one of America's greatest holiday's when workers get the day off, cooking and eating is main stage, and prods us all to give thanks.  Here in Italy, I'm in Milan and the holiday is barely noticed and everyone is bustling about their normal day. What I would give for a big piece of pumpkin pie right now!  But instead, I'll be making pumpkin gnocchi tonight with cream sauce for dinner.  But this Thanksgiving is not particularly a normal one for me, as I am away from my beach town Porto San Giorgio (PSG) and my children so I can attend to some medical issues.

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Memory Lane: My Path to Intuitive Cooking

Posted on July 25, 2016 by Rebecca Ponzi

In my youth I was such a Betty Crocker baker.  My mom was a scratch cook and everything tasted delicious!  I wanted to cook like her.  It wasn't fancy food. It was food homemade.  She would bake cookies and cakes on a regular basis to satisfy our sweet tooth and the photo here shows she hasn't lost her touch with my birthday cake this year.

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Five Summer Recipes for Relaxed Dining

Posted on July 12, 2016 by Rebecca Ponzi

Italians have mastered the art of dining alfresco with incredible simplicity, but yet sophistication.  It comes down to having the freshest and best ingredients available.  You don't need more food, you need better food that will leave your taste buds singing and your body fueled for all the fun things you want to do this summer!

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The Ideal Place for a Better Life

Posted on January 24, 2016 by Rebecca Ponzi

The ideal place for a better life includes days filled with sunshine, but a year with four distinct seasons; an area with easy access to big cities, but not so close population, traffic and pollution infringes on your daily life; a place where old traditions still reign while new technology is catching on; acres and acres of farmland secure fresh, clean food to eat within zero kilometers....and the best Italian extra virgin olive oil!

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Earth Day is Everyday

Posted on April 22, 2015 by Rebecca Ponzi

Everyday is Earth Day at Casal Cristiana Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil here in Italy .....  There is no excuse to not conserve energy.  It's practically handed to us with this climate, Italian ingenuity and common sense.  How can we not celebrate?

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Cook Like the Marchigiani

Posted on February 01, 2015 by Rebecca Ponzi

Cook like the Marchigiani.  You may be asking yourself .... who or what is the Marchigiani?  It is the people of the Italian region of Le Marche of course!  Now that we have that cleared up, the one thing culinary enthusiasts know about Italian cuisine is that top quality and seasonal ingredients are critical for simple, but spectacular meals.  There are actually very few rules when it comes to cooking Italian food, however a tremendous number of opinions exist depending upon who you ask, what region you are sourcing, and of course, tradition.  This may have you contemplating methods and ingredients but as far as I'm concerned, that's what makes cooking fun!  It's a shame when dishes become so complicated it puts you off and even in Italy, we don't have all day to cook.

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Living and Working Italian Style - My Life Now

Posted on January 06, 2015 by Rebecca Ponzi

So, when someone asks me, what's different about your life in Italy and how has it changed?  The following comments are a few indicators in how I may answer that question ... "You know your life has changed when ........"


Your favorite thing to do is the laundry.   Nothing beats a warm, sunny day overlooking the Adriatic Sea .. clothes hanging in the sun with a gentle breeze against a medieval wall.     

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