From The Kitchen Of: Felicita Fichera

The first time I tried my friend’s homemade Sicilian pesto was about a year ago and I have been wanting to share it with you here ever since. It’s super easy and incredibly delicious, just be sure to use fresh, good quality ingredients. Fresh ricotta cheese is a very common ingredient here. You can find…

Epiphany

epiphany ɪˈpɪf(ə)ni,ɛ-/ noun the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi (Matthew 2:1-12). a moment of sudden and great revelation or realization.   Today is a holiday in Italy. It is Epiphany or “Epifania,” the celebration of the wise men coming to worship the Christ-child. Sometimes I can be really slow…

Where Jesus Lost His Shoes

Lessons in Sicilian: A few weeks ago I was telling a friend I had to leave for a few days to go take some tests at a hospital in a town called Troina. Troina is a rather small and obscure town towards the middle of the island. Another friend standing nearby asked, “where?” My friend…

“Sicily”

Check out this great 3-minute video featuring a few of the many breathtaking sights and sounds of Sicily.   Sicily from the Cinephotographer on Vimeo.   (Please let me know if you have any problems viewing the movie).

Pasta di Mandorla

“Pasta di Mandola” literally means “almond paste” or, “almond dough.” If this name doesn’t ring a bell for you, you may be familiar with it’s close relative: Marzipan. The dough for these cookies are used in a wide variety of culinary delights. These “biscotti” (cookies) are a particular specialty in Southern Italy and specifically here…

Giorni Rossi

Today, December 8th, is a “giorno rosso” or “red day.” It means today is a holiday. While it has some pretty ancient roots, the expression, “red letter day” in modern times comes from the style of calendars where Monday-Saturday the dates are printed in black ink while Sundays and holidays are printed in red ink.…

Rick Steve’s, The Best of Sicily

Want to learn more about Sicily? Click on the link below to check out this 1/2 hour video hosted by world-famous author, traveler and tour guide, Rick Steve. Let me know what you think of the video in the comments below and if you have seen any other videos on Sicily worth watching! The Best…

Pasta alla Norma

From the kitchen of: Pina Sambataro Vincenzo Bellini is a type of hometown hero in these parts. The Italian opera writer was born in the nearby city of Catania in 1801. One of his most popular operas is called, “Norma.” It is after the heroine of this particular opera, the well-known Sicilian dish, “pasta alla norma,”…

From the Kitchen of: Pina Sambataro

PESTO! I love pesto! But much more so, I love my friend Pina who lives just down the street from me. She and her husband own a coffee bar a few blocks from my house. Pina, her husband, Mario, and their whole family have been such a blessing to me. They have been so welcoming,…

New Habits

Living in a foreign country requires that one be adaptable. There are all sorts of things I have had to get used to in daily life and there are still many others I am still learning (such as using the metric system!). Below are a few other examples: Most every front door opens inward (in…

Eating Well in Catania

Click on the link below to watch a short (4 min.) video that gives a quick look at some of Sicily’s (and specifically Catania’s) most well-known culinary specialties. The shots of the buildings and streets give a little “taste” of downtown Catania. Click here to watch video Video originally posted on Facebook by CataniaToday on…

Visiting Belpasso

The following post was written by a dear family-friend who came with her husband and son to visit me a couple of months ago. Visiting Hillary in Belpasso: It’s always a challenge to see a person head off on an adventure, whether it’s your child or one you’ve come to love. You pray for them,…