PANETTONE SEASON! by Judith Works – Day 6 Advent 2017

PANETTONE SEASON! by Judith Works Actually, it’s the holiday season. In the US this means from Thanksgiving to New Year’s day. So I have about five weeks to indulge in my favorite treat: panettone, that traditional sweet and oh-so-delicious Italian Christmas bread. About the first of November the stores, even in my corner of Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest, begin stacking up the colorful boxes in windows and shelves and I begin loading up the shopping cart. The bread is distinctive – tall and domed and nestled in a paper cuff.

Weekend Coffee Share 22/07/2017

Come on in! Don't look at me like that, I heard you come up the stairs. You know I have time to hear your arrival even if you climb the steps quiet as a mouse, we are on the 5th floor here... I hope that you don't mind taking off your shoes. Now come on, … Continue reading Weekend Coffee Share 22/07/2017

Discovering Traditions: Epiphany by Robin Rivera

Today, is Epiphany and I am happy to welcome back Robin Rivera for this second Discovering Traditions guest post, as well as her second guest appearance on my blog. You can find her advent calendar contribution here, and read the previous Discovering Traditions post by Dr Gulara Vincent about New Year's here. Epiphany Robin Rivera When I was young, the … Continue reading Discovering Traditions: Epiphany by Robin Rivera

Advent Calendar Day 19: Holidays are: food and family by Robin Rivera

Holidays are: food and family by Robin Rivera My paternal grandmother made her own tortillas everyday. Although she died of breast cancer when I was only nine, the thing I remember best is her cooking, she kept us well-fed. But it wasn’t always that way, my father told stories about all the nights he went … Continue reading Advent Calendar Day 19: Holidays are: food and family by Robin Rivera

Advent Calendar Day 9: Christmas Memories of Rome by Judith Works

Christmas Memories of Rome by Judith Works This time of year I often pause to remember the many Christmases in Rome my husband and I enjoyed. Our favorite sight was the delightful Christmas market filling the spacious Piazza Navona with toys, candy and figures of a wizened old granny, la befana, who flies through the … Continue reading Advent Calendar Day 9: Christmas Memories of Rome by Judith Works

V is for Vanilla – A to Z Challenge April 2015

V is for Vanilla I reopened the freezer, took out the Whole Foods French Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. Even though I was doing this in secret, it cannot have stayed unnoticed for long, but I never heard any remarks regarding my guilty little pleasure. I always appreciated the taste of vanilla, it was probably that ice cream when I … Continue reading V is for Vanilla – A to Z Challenge April 2015