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July 18, 2019

By Peg Kern

The History of Prosciutto

Filed Under  Food History

Where ever you go on an Italy food tour, you are sure to encounter prosciutto, that lovely white-edged pink ham, thinly sliced, so tender and so full of earthy, salty-sweet flavors. You will find a version of it in every region. It is served by itself, with melon, on sandwiches or crostini, stuffed in pastas, and more. But what is prosciutto? Is there a single way to define it or… Read
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July 10, 2019

By Peg Kern

The Benefits of Travel

Filed Under  What's Up at TIK

Are there health benefits to traveling? If so, what are they? Studies show that travel - especially overseas travel - has many benefits to one's physical and mental health, including: Lowering stress and boosting happiness. Keeping you fit. Increasing brain activity and creativity. Increasing immunity through exposure to new environments. Lowering risk of heart disease and increasing life expectancy. Catching up on sleep and time for you. Lowering stress and… Read
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July 5, 2019

By Peg Kern

Family Vacations with TIK

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Think you can't take a culinary tour with your kids? Think again! Foodie trips and culinary tours with The International Kitchen make great family vacations for several reasons: Food brings families together. Family mealtime is a staple in our house, and what is better than experiencing this together during an exploration of new cultures and cuisines? My kids, ages 10 and 8, are actually more adventurous eaters while we're on… Read
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June 28, 2019

By Peg Kern

Recipe for Tomato Herb Focaccia

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There is nothing so wonderful as fresh, homemade focaccia on one of our Italy culinary tours. But you can easily make this Italian dish at home. Focaccia can be topped with almost any seasonal ingredient you want, and in the summer we love to make it with tomatoes and herbs. Read on for the recipe, or The International Kitchen to book one of our Italy food and wine tours! Tomato… Read
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June 25, 2019

By Peg Kern

It's Not Too Late for Summer Travel with TIK!

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If you're a procrastinator you might have found that summer crept up on you and you have no summer travel plans! But we still have spots left at some of our favorite culinary vacations and food and wine tours. Mediterranean Cooking Experience Travel to the Amalfi Coast and stay in a boutique 5* hotel while participating in one of our favorite and longest-running Italy food tours. Cook in the amazing… Read
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June 19, 2019

By Peg Kern

Handmade Umbricelli Pasta with Black Truffle from Norcia Culinary Tour

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Umbricelli pasta from Umbria is very similar to Tuscany's "pici" pasta, basically a thick, hand-rolled spaghetti-shaped pasta. Here the recipe, which hails from Executive chef Valentino Palmisano of the Michelin-star Ristorante Vespasia, is paired with a simple truffle sauce, which is emblematic of Norcia. You can learn to make Umbricelli and other delicious dishes during our wonderful Italy cooking tour, A Food Lover's Paradise in Norcia. Ingredients: For the umbricelli… Read
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