The British Afternoon Tea; Where Did it All Begin & What is Served?

There is no more quintessential British ritual than the ceremony and serving of Afternoon tea. It is believed that credit for the custom goes to Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford in the early 19th century. The usual habit of serving dinner between 8 and 9 pm left the Duchess hungry and with a ‘sinking…

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Scones; Fit for Royalty & Not Just a Plain Old Biscuit

Ahhhh, Lovely Scones! Biscuits, as we American’s know them, but sweet and light with a crisp exterior and soft, flaky interior—quite enjoyable. These buttery, mouth-watering delicacies can be eaten alone or, more traditionally, served with tea, jam and clotted cream, just as the British. Scones have gone through centuries of ovens, the first declaration in…

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Cool Lunchbox Lunches Aren’t Just for Kiddies!

As many of us remember from our childhood days, one of the best parts of our day was opening our lunchbox and diving into the array of goodies mom and or dad had packed for us that morning; Fast forward to current day and busy parents struggling to invent nutritious and delicious daily lunches for…

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What Does Easter Represent To You?

Massive Chocolate eggs, filled with treasures and sweet secrets… Source: washingtonian.com “Torta Pasqualina” Source: trendalert.it Torta Pasqualina was originally produced as an Easter pie around 1400 in Genova, Italy. The name itself comes from “Pasqua”, the Italian word for Easter. Traditionally, the pie was prepared using 33 thin layers of phyllo dough–in honor of Jesus’ age when he was…

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Italy’s Easter Eggs and Italia’s Easter Friday

  In Italy, there are no Easter egg hunts, no marshmallow Peeps and definitely no jelly beans. Instead, there are chocolate eggs — massive, elaborately decorated, beautifully wrapped chocolate Easter eggs that fill shop windows across the country. The sweet treats are considered Italians’ food gift of choice at this time of year; each one…

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Mama Mia, That’s a Spicy Meatball!!

I have to chuckle when I think of this very witty Alka-Selzer, television commercial aired frequently in the early 70’s. Mostly, because I remember my Sicilian Father’s hilarious, but meager attempts at mimicking the American, turned temporary Italian, Actor! While you had to be there to truly appreciate daddy’s efforts, this was one of the…

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“Festa della Primavera” The Taste of Italian Spring!

  Spring and summer offer the most stunning flower festivals in Italy. Today, on March 21st the celebration “Festa della Primavera” offer guests, of most every town in Italy, streets covered with gorgeous, multicolored flowers, regional fare made to resemble flowers and some actually made of flowers themselves. While visitors and townspeople alike stroll and…

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The 411 on Saint Patrick, 3-17 and a wee More!

While much of St. Patrick’s life is clouded by legend, there are some generally agreed-upon facts. Most historians agree that he was born in Scotland or Wales around 370 A.D and died on March 17, 461. So, our celebration of Patrick is on the day that he died. His, birth name was Maewyn Succat, born…

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