Ha Apprecchiato La Tavola Molto Bene (She sets a beautiful table)

From Sicily, 8,000 miles away, you don’t need me to tell you that when an Italian sets the table, the table is set! In Sicily, there are three “F’s”; you know the first, the other two are food and family OR family and food. Al fresco – eating outside in the summer is never given […]

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Birds & Bees

The first thing I do every morning at my Sicilian house is open the front door, front wooden shutters and the iron gate. This is both practical and symbolic. I want to let in all of Sicily. To quote Rosalind Russell in the production of “Mame,” “life is a banquet and most people are starving.” […]

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Fishing

Every morning in the summer where I live there are the local fishermen who set out a couple of polls and wait for the fish to bite. Maybe they will have luck, maybe not. That’s not the point. They are in touch with the bigness of the sea and what they see while they are […]

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Icarus

My education was at an all-girls catholic high school, with one male teacher, 5-6 ‘lay’ teachers and the rest were nuns. I was taught the classics – mythology and Latin were among my classes. I remember reading, in Latin, (the drudgery of the Latin pronunciations is indelible in my memory) the story of Icarus and […]

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Peddler

For those of you who have never been to Europe, there are outdoor markets – EVERYWHERE! You can buy anything at the outdoor markets in every country and every city. I love the outdoor markets. Why? Because I am a peddler and I use this term endearingly! Ever since I was a kid, I sold […]

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Grocery Shopping

So, I buy a house in a country that shops everyday – “fare le spezie.” What do I hate to do? Shop for groceries! There are those Sicilians who still believe that if you buy your necessary items for ‘cena’ (the evening meal) at the same time you are buying your food items for pranzo […]

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Stones

Along the coast of Sicily, there are many beaches. On the East Coast, the Ionian Sea, along the straights of Messina they are sometimes sandy but mostly black volcanic boulders. On the North Coast, there is sand and stones. For most of my life I have pushed the river. Although I have been advised by […]

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Granita

My Sicily, the Sicily that I prefer is the Sicily of Spring or Fall. Summer not only embraces the sun and the tourists, but Granita, one of the true indicators of summer. The heat of the summer is too much for me, but there is always Granita! Granita is a delicately flavored slushy ice refresher. […]

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