• Dessert Lumpia

    What can be said about banana lumpia? That it is so freaking delicious! My first encounter with these hand sized desserts was at Mrs. D’s house. Mrs. D is Filipino but loves to reminisces about Hawaii on a daily basis. So for one of her memories we made Turon which is also known as banana lumpia which she has offered to show me how to make and post for you all. Banana Lumpia is so easy to make but has a great wow factor for any occasion. Ingredients: * 6 very ripe plantains (you want them black for the softer center) * 2 cups light brown sugar * 1- 2…

  • Family & Florence

    My youngest sister, her friend and my baby brother came to visit for spring break. Our first trip was to go to Florence. I had only been once before but not with the purpose of seeing all the sights. These three were on a mission to see as much as possible during our two days there. There is just too much history and art to comment on here, but I just really enjoyed taking pictures of this incredible place. Here are the photos of some of the places we went. Let’s just say that my calves were so sore for days after assending up to the top of the churches…

  • Castles and Medieval Towns

    While my in-laws and Family were in town we ventured out to two local towns. The first one is Bassano del Grappa which is known for grappa. For those who are not aware of what grappa is, it is a moonshine type liquor that is made from distilling the skins, pulp, seeds, and stems left over from winemaking after pressing the grapes. We got lucky and were able to join in with the locals for the market day as well as get great pictures of the famous bridge which was designed by the architect Andrea Palladio in 1569. The bridge was destroyed many times, the last time during WWII. The…

  • Vinitaly 2015

    VINITALY 2015 Vinitaly started in 1967 and has become one of the most important events for domestic and international wines and is considered one of the largest wine shows in the world. If you’ve never attended an industry driven trade show it is really just an awesome county fair full of booze, truly a winos dream come true. This show has over 4,000 booths of suppliers who are more than happy to pour you a taste of their wines, grappa, or other tasty alcoholic beverages.  There truly is no way you could taste every single wine, however it is so much fun to try. When you are in need of…

  • Celebrating Birthdays

    It just so happens that I am exactly one month older than my husband when it comes times to our Birthdays. I am the first to get older and I allow him to call me his old lady just for that month. This year was a bit hectic as the Hubby was not able to celebrate with me out and about due to a work issue that came up. I was pretty bummed but made the most out the New Years eve celebrations. I went with a group of people to a 50’s style diner in Padova, Italy. The diner is called American Graffiti (http://www.americagraffiti.it/). They really try to get…

  • Luck & Money in the New Year

    Since I was a child it has always been a tradition of having black eyed peas and collard greens on January 1st. My southern raised grandmother would require all of us to eat until we were stuffed. The trick is the more of each you eat the more luck and money you would have in the new year. As a child it didn’t really look like the most appetizing food. However being a adult who has a birthday on New Years Eve, means I am always nursing a major hangover the next day. This meal is up to the task of soaking up all the booze from the night before.…

  • 2014 in review

    The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. This is nice to see as I have a lot of work to do in 2015. I am working on posting more recipes and travel photos and experiences.  If there is something you see that would be nice for me to elaborate on or something you would like to see more info on I will do my best to turn out more fun. Thank you for following me. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,500 times in 2014. If it were a concert at…

  • Got Turkey? Make Chili

    Ingredients Original recipe makes about 4 servings 1 tablespoon olive oil 1-2 pound of Turkey( left overs from Thanksgiving works great) 4 shallots, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 4 cups chicken broth 1 (15 ounce) cans cannellini (white kidney) beans, rinsed and drained 1 (15 ounce) cans pinto beans, rinsed and drained 2 (4 ounce) cans chopped green chiles (fire roasted is what I used) 1 cup corn (I used frozen) 1 tablespoon dried oregano 1 tablespoon ground cumin ( I added an additional tbs) 2 pinches cayenne pepper, or to taste 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, or to taste 1 Avocado diced 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, or…

  • So much to be Thankful For

    Every year we host Thanksgiving with our friends and occasionally we have family show up too. This year most definitely had a twist while celebrating in Italy. Most staples were easy to come by and with so many Americans in our area there really wasn’t anything you couldn’t find. I found the best part of living here was the free range and fresh turkeys for purchase. It really wasn’t that expensive for the fresh over the frozen. It was really one of the most relaxing Thanksgiving’s I’ve had. All guests brought dishes to share and there was more than enough leftovers for everyone to take home. I think the most…

  • Turkey filled with wild rice & mushrooms in a tarragon asparagus sauce

    2 pounds thinly sliced turkey breast (scallopini style, about 4 breasts) 2 Tablespoons butter 1/2 cup finely chopped shallots 2 garlic cloves diced 1 cup diced mushrooms 2 Tablespoons roasted pinenuts 3/4 cup wild rice, cooked fresh ground pepper to taste Heat butter in small skillet and add shallots and garlic, cook until translucent. Remove and add mushrooms, cook until golden brown. In another pan roast pinenuts until golden brown. Add rice, mushrooms, pinenuts, garlic, shallots and pepper together. Mix well.        Lay out a sheet of plastic wrap and place a turkey breast on sheet, layer an additional sheet on top so you can flatten out the breast to…