Mushroom and Cheese Crespelle, the Italian Crepes

Crespelle are the relatively unknown Italian equivalent of the world-famous French crepes. Although very similar to crepes, crespelle are often baked in the oven with other ingredients. Both in crepes and in crespelle, the batter is mainly made of ... Continue reading

[Thoughts on the Table – 73] Introducing Francesca Montillo’s new paperback – The 5-ingredient Italian Cookbook

In my chat with Francesca Montillo back in 2016, we talked about her cooking classes and culinary tours of Italy. In today’s episode, Francesca introduces her first cookbook which stems from her experience as a cooking instructor. The ... Continue reading

[Thoughts on the Table – 72] Introducing Kelly Leonardini from Italian at Heart

For episode #72 of Thoughts on the Table, I have the pleasure to interview Cannolo Award winner Kelly Leonardini from Italian at Heart. Being 3rd generation Italian-American, Kelly’s connection to Italy is rooted deep in her ancestry. But her ... Continue reading

Braised Fennel

Side dishes have an important role in Italian cuisine. These, often vegetarian, preparations are meant as an accompaniment to a second course, whether it’s meat or fish, a piatto freddo (literally, cold dish) of cheese and/or cold cuts, or ... Continue reading

[Thoughts on the Table – 71] Introducing Cooking Instructor Marzia Molatore from Bella Cibo

Originally born in Naples, Marzia Molatore grew up near Valtellina, in northern Italy. About 15 years ago, she moved to Vancouver, Canada, where she teaches traditional Italian cooking. Her case, however, is far more extraordinary than this. Recently, ... Continue reading

[Thoughts on the Table – 70] Define Culture Shock – Diana Zahuranec’s Take on Relocating and Moving Back

Diana Zahuranec is back on the show to join the conversation on culture shock – whether it’s associated with relocating, and whether it can also occur when going back. During the episode, Diana shares her experience following her six-year ... Continue reading

[Thoughts on the Table – 69] Introducing Food Blogger Pina Bresciani

This episode’s guest is Pina Bresciani (pinabresciani.com), a talented food blogger based in Vancouver, Canada, with strong ties to Italy. Join me as I learn more about Pina, starting from her upbringings in an Italian family in Vancouver, ... Continue reading

[Thoughts on the Table – 68] The Forward and Reverse Culture Shock of Relocating and Going Back

Thoughts on the Table is back after a very long absence with an autobiographical episode. Following my relocation to England, I’ve now been living in my new home for five months, settling in and getting used to the local culture and habits. In ... Continue reading

Eight Years of Blogging, Five of Podcasting

Hello everyone! Today this blog turns eight years old, prompting me to give an (overdue) update. As you have heard in the latest podcast, and seen on “the social channels,” I have some big news. After spending over 17 years in Vancouver, ... Continue reading