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February 19, 2019

By Peg Kern

Easter Vacation Packages to Italy and Greece

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Why celebrate Easter with an Easter vacation package to Europe? You can explore fabulous cultural traditions as well as special culinary traditions on an Easter vacation, and we're highlighting two of our favorites, one a special Easter vacation package on Italy's Amalfi Coast, the other a Greek Orthodox Easter vacation on the Greek island of Zakynthos. Easter Week on the Amalfi Coast Pasqua, the Italian name for Easter, is one… Read
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December 13, 2018

By Peg Kern

Recipe for Santa Lucia Buns

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Santa Lucia Day is celebrated December 13. Her legend says that she carried food to persecuted Christians hiding in the catacombs, and that she was guided by a candle-lit-wreath she wore on her head. For this reason Saint Lucy Day celebrations frequently feature a child sporting such a wreath and walking through the dark winter - a wonderful sign of December in many parts of the world, but particularly in… Read
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August 20, 2018

By Peg Kern

Special Offer on Food & Opera Week in Italy!

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Spoleto is one of my favorite towns in Italy, and we're offering both our best price of the season AND a special food & opera week for September! This special week will combine our exceptional 6-night cooking vacation in Umbria with an added incentive: box seats for a performance of the Teatro Lirico Sperimentale! The Teatro Lirico Sperimentale has been helping young singers make their debuts for over 70 years.… Read
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February 13, 2018

By The International Kitchen

Mardi Gras Treats

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It's Mardi Gras, the last day of Carnival in European countries, the day before heading into the austere Lenten season. This generally means indulging one last time before swearing off the good stuff like sweets, alcohol, and meat. There are tons of fabulous Mardi Gras treats - many of them liquid - to be found around the world. We're feature a few of our favorite Mardi Gras pastries. Beignets For… Read
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January 10, 2018

By The International Kitchen

Tamales, Tamales!

Filed Under  Food History, Special Occasions

The tamal or tamale dates back to as early as 7000 BC in pre-columbian history when Aztec women would tag along as cooks during battles. Because battles were long and far from home, sustainable food that was portable and easily heated was required and because tamales could be premade in large quantities, they quickly became popular. According to history, tamales were originally buried in hot ashes. Later the Aztecs learned… Read
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December 19, 2017

By Peg Kern

Favorite Christmas Traditions

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Are your Christmas traditions as food-centered as ours? I can tell which holiday is being celebrated in my family simply by the meal that is being served! Some of the traditions are ones that go back to my childhood, while others I have added to our family life over the years. Some of my favorite childhood Christmas memories center around food. The smell of "charmin' cherry bars" takes me instantly… Read
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