Showing posts tagged as 'italy'

St. Francis

Tags: Catholic-church, Inspiration, Italy, Prayer

October 04, 2011 13:30

St. Francis (1181-1226), one of the great Christian saints. I had the chance to visit his hometown of Assisi once on October 4th. Interestingly, the Church honors saints on the day of their death, not their birthday.By the way, the image to the left is one of my favorite paintings. It was painted by El Greco, and hangs in one of the galleries at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. When I was a...

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Fresh Tomato Sauce

Tags: Italy, Main-course, Soup-on-saturday, Travel, Vegetarian

August 06, 2011 08:36

My mom called me the other day, enthused about her super abundance of tomatoes. She wanted to start making sauce, and lot's of it :)The Pomarola Sauce from a couple of weeks ago hailed from Naples. Today's recipe is a Tuscan classic. In Tuscany, the rule of thumb is is combine only necessary ingredients, of the highest quality, and in perfect proportions, in order to produce the very best...

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Pomarola Pasta Sauce

Tags: Italy, Main-course, Soup-on-saturday, Vegan, Vegetarian

July 09, 2011 12:36

Hope you're having a great start to your weekend. Today's pasta sauce comes from Naples, and you can use either fresh or canned tomatoes.My brother gave me a couple of earthbox containers a few years ago, and that's where I plant my tomatoes. Although they grow a bit smaller, the tomatoes have great flavor and I've been harvesting for about three weeks now. I had to supplement my crop with some...

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Pasta Piselli

Tags: Italy, Main-course, Vegan, Vegetarian

July 01, 2011 19:14

Catoctin Mountain Orchard. They have some of the best local produce around, and I picked up some great stuff yesterday, including a quart of fresh English peas.I had wanted to make a pasta dish for some friends, and seeing the peas, I remembered I had a recipe forPasta Piselli, a classic Italian favorite. This is a simple dish, and the ingredients are few: Fresh peas, tomatoes, herbs and...

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Tags: Italy, Main-course, Soup-on-saturday, Soups-and-stews, Vegan, Vegetarian

June 18, 2011 13:04

I was sitting in an outdoor cafe in Florence the first time I had Panzanella. The main component of this frugal Tuscan dish is stale bread.Teamed up with tomatoes, onion, cucumber, and basil, mixed together in a vinaigrette, the dish sings.Now that things are getting hot and humid, this recipe makes for a terrific light lunch or dinner. Serve it up with a Pinot Grigio or some other light white,...

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Tuscan White Bean Soup

Tags: Italy, Main-course, Soup-on-saturday, Soups-and-stews, Travel

April 02, 2011 20:36

I was out to lunch the other day with a college student, and he mentioned that he wanted me to get another bean soup recipe up. So, this one is for him, and I'm pretty sure he'll like it. I trust you will too.For centuries, the people of Tuscany have loved beans. In fact, they have the unfortunate nickname of bean eaters. Tuscan bean varieties vary by geographic area, and some towns are known...

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Gabriel's Message

Tags: Catholic-church, Inspiration, Italy, Spirit, Travel

March 25, 2011 07:55

I broke the news to a group of college students last night. Nine months from today, we'll be celebrating Christmas. That's right. Today's the Feast of the Annunciation, the moment humanity learned of Emmanuel, God with us.You may recall that the image above, the Cortona Annunciation by Fra Angelico is one of my all time favorites. I've had the chance to see it several times in the Museo...

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Tomato and Bread Soup

Tags: Inspiration, Italy, Main-course, Soup-on-saturday, Soups-and-stews, Vegan, Vegetarian

February 05, 2011 06:32

I was visiting with a family the other day, and all the kids were home because school had been cancelled. When my friend asked them what they wanted for lunch, they asked for "red" soup. Interesting. I realized that, since the mom and dad don't like tomatoes, they must not use thatname with their kids. It brought a smile to my face. What kid doesn't like a bowl of tomato soup, served up with a...

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A Christmas Prayer

Tags: Catholic-church, Inspiration, Italy, Prayer

December 25, 2010 11:04

Fra Angelico

You Come Down from the Stars St. Alphonsus Ligouri

You come down from the starsOh King of Heavens,And you come in a caveIn the cold, in the frost.And you come in a caveIn the cold, in the frost.

Oh my Divine BabyI see you trembling here,Oh Blessed God,Ah, how much it cost you,Your loving me.Ah, how much it cost you,Your loving me.

For you, who are of all the worldThe creator,No robes...

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Lentils with Wine Glazed Vegetables

Tags: Italy, Main-course, Soups-and-stews, Type-ii-diabetes, Vegetarian

December 18, 2010 20:19

This recipe is one of the first I posted on my blog, and it quickly became a favorite. I'm making some changes to the look and feel of my site, so I'm re-posting some older recipes in a single format, rather than all the recipes together in a running list. It will make it much easier to find recipes and other posts in the future.So, why lentils? First off, they've become a great staple in my...

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