Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Gelato - Italian American month

Italians produce gelato, sorbetto and granita. 
Wiki's definition and history of gelato



Comments by this author compliments of LaCucinaItaliana magazine.

Gelato is different than average American ice cream and according to the author there are three different regional schools of Gelato:

Sicilian: fruity, nutty, granular, finely broken ice crystals (western Sicily), slushy (eastern Sicily), dairy based, no egg yolks, great flavors (almond, hazelnut and pistachio). First gelato panini is made by splitting open round, egg, lightly sweetened brioche rolls and slather with gelato!!!

Sicilian Gelato article and recipe 

Veneto: (NE Italy) milk, cream, fruit, (gelato often served in balls)

Venice Gelato restaurants 

Tuscan:  milk bases without cream, custard bases and water-based fruit flavors

Florence (Tuscan) gelato festival 2012 (video)

29 recipes for Gelato below at LaCucinaItaliana magazine

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Buon Appetito



Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Blue Ridge Parkway Annual Apple and Cabbage Trip

All photos on this post were taken by this blogger on 
October 19 2012!! (Click on them to make larger)

“Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.” 
― Marcel Proust

“I don’t have a photograph, but you can have my footprints. They’re upstairs in my socks.” 
― Groucho Marx

“It shocks me how I wish for...what is lost and cannot come back.” 
― Sue Monk KiddTraveling With Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story

“The past is for learning from and letting go. You can't revisit it. It vanishes.” 
― Adele ParksYoung Wives' Tales

Scenic photos below (and below those food photos):




  • Every year since sometime in the early 1990's we drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway for the scenery:  Lover's Leap etc. 
  • Every year we stop at stands and buy cabbage, apples, jams, honey, tomatoes, pumpkins, etc. 
  • Every year we are in awe of the leaf colors changing and the views.
  • Every year we see another vendor close. Two of our favorite cabbage vendors are gone. One of the favorite apple, jam and more vendors closed down last year!!
  • We will continue to go to Mountain Man in Cana, Virginia as long as we continue to make those trips.