The Little Town That Stole My Heart

Chances are if you are Italian American and live in Upstate, NY, you have roots in or near Cervinara Italy. Cervinara sits in the province of Avellino, located outside of Naples in the region of Campania, the second most populous region of Italy.  Located in the fertile plateau close to the Partenio Mountains, Cervinara  lies […]

Peeking into an Italian American’s Kitchen

If you had a Nona or Mama that taught you everything you know about cooking, or perhaps you are just a great cook who loves Italian food, I will bet your pantry and refrigerator looks like this… The pantry There are always at least two types of olive oil.  One for cooking, the other for […]

Italian Torta di Noci-Italian Walnut Cake recipe

Italian Torta di Noci 1/2 lb walnuts 8 tablespoons butter, room temperature 2/3 cup Sugar 1 Egg 2 tablespoons Rum, or or 1 teaspoon rum extract 2 teaspoons Lemon zest  1 cup Flour 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking powder Method Preheat oven to 350°F. Place the walnuts on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 5-7 minutes, taking care not […]

Dresdner Stollen German Fruitcake

Dresdner Stollen German Fruitcake This is one Fruit Cake worth the effort.  Great with a German hardy beer too! Raisins or currants — 1 cup Candied citrus peel — 1 cup Active dry yeast — 2 (1/4-ounce) packages Lukewarm (110°F) water — 1/2 cup Flour — 5 cups Milk — 1 cups Butter, room temperature […]

Buche de Noel-Traditional Christmas Yule log recipe

Buche de Noel  Une petite recette pour la bûche de Noël. Recipe for Traditional Christmas Yule log. Cake 1 cup white or cake flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 3 eggs 3/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup cocoa 1/3 cup water 1 tsp vanilla confectioner’s sugar Mocha Cream filling 1/2 pint whipping cream 1/4 […]

Wonderful Warm Cinnamon Wine from Austria

 Wonderful Warm Cinnamon Wine from Austria Ingredients: For 1 litre of wine: 1 l of dry red wine (quality) 3 sticks of cinnamon 5 cloves Zest of one orange Zest of one lemon Sugar according to taste Preparation: Heat slowly over 1 hour then let steep for at least another half-hour. Add sugar to your […]

Hudson Valley Foie Gras

I stopped by Hudson Valley Foie Gras to write about the award winning producers of Foie Gras as well as other amazing Duck products.  I was treated to an amazing tasting by Chef Jenny. Pictured: The Grateful Traveler and Jenny Chamberlain, Chef of Product Development, Hudson Valley Foie Gras —>Read what Anthony Bourdain had to say after […]

My Bootlegger 21 New York Vodka Tour

On a recent weekend in Sullivan County, I stopped by to taste a super-premium vodka, “Bootlegger 21 New York Vodka”.  Excellent!  Spoke to one of the owners about his business and his wonderful Vodka.  I also picked some up for a few special Christmas drinks! The tasting Room and Tour Hours: 12:00pm to 6:00pm Monday through Sunday. Prohibition Distillery USA […]

Chestnut Soup

While traveling in Rome earlier this year, we came across these beautiful roasting chestnuts.  The aroma was heavenly!  It reminded me of this delicious recipe for Chestnut Soup that is just perfect for the chilly days of winter ahead. Chestnut Soup 4 TBL butter 1 medium onion, chopped 1carrot, chopped 1 rib celery, chopped 1 […]