The Herb Garden: Fennel

The Herb Garden: Fennel

Fennel, or Foeniculum vulgare (also Foeniculum officinale), is a sweet aromatic herb of the Apiaceae family, which includes carrots and parsley, that grows like a weed throughout the Mediterranean. It’s not surprising then that its bulb, seeds, pollen and fronds are...
Frittata di Pasta

Frittata di Pasta

When I make pasta for friends and family I do it like a mamma italiana, meaning I make enough to feed twice as many people. Obviously I end up with too much and reheating the pasta the next day is only for the desperate but there are other ways to make it sing again....
The Herb Garden: sage

The Herb Garden: sage

An ancient herb both medicinal and tasty, sage has been the centerpiece of tracts on healthful living for centuries. It’s uniquely pungent–some might say smoky–with bitter undertones that are reminiscent of wormwood, which like many anise-based herbs...
Visiting Valle d’Aosta

Visiting Valle d’Aosta

Northern Italy is surrounded by the Alps, which are dotted with stunning ski resorts. For most Italians skiing is a habitual sport during the colder months. There are other mountain destinations beyond the Dolomites, like Abruzzo or the Apennines, where families with...