jerry finzi

A new twist on a classic: ladybug caprese salad

There is nothing like the flavors of fresh mozzarella, basil, olive oil and tomatoes. The myriad of ways these simple ingredients can be put together...

How to make great pizza: part 3

Forming and Topping your Pizza To use the dough, turn it out onto a floured surface and to shape your pizza. This recipe will make one large pizza,...

How to make great pizza - Part 2

Now that you've gathered together a basic pizza making toolkit, let's start actually making one... ​ Ingredients for Our Basic Pizza Dough Proofing...

How to make great pizza - Part 1

When I started making pizza about 15 years ago, I made a lot of terrible pies... doughy, pale-looking, tasteless, flat, oily, floppy, burnt--you name...

The benefits of kissing like an Italian

My wife says I'm a great kisser. Perhaps it's because I've had lots of practice before she came into my life. (Only joking, lovey!) But perhaps it's...

Pienza: the perfect Tuscan hilltown

Ok... I'm going to ask you all to be quiet about what I'm going to tell you, and insist you don't share this information... but in my opinion, Pienza...

The Calabrese Ghost Town of Pentedattilo

In a land ravaged by earthquakes, floods and volcanoes from time to time, it's no wonder that in Italy, one will occasionally discover one of the...
Mostaccioli: the Calabrese Gingerbread

Mostaccioli: The Calabrese Christmas Gingerbread

Here in our home, one of our Christmas traditions is making gingerbread cookies and one gingerbread house each year. I often wondered if there is...
Kids will be Kids, Even in Ancient Rome: Roman Toys & Games

Kids will be Kids, Even in Ancient Rome: Roman Toys & Games (Part 2)

Here the second part discovering the world of toys in ancient Rome. The older boys and girls had outdoor toys... sticks and hoops, balls, yo-yos,...
Kids will be Kids, Even in Ancient Rome: Roman Toys & Games

Kids will be Kids, Even in Ancient Rome: Roman Toys & Games (Part 1)

Nowadays we buy all sorts of toys for our children, starting them off with the simplest ones: balls, pull-toys, rattles and such. When Lucas was a...

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