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January 16, 2019

By Peg Kern

Sicilian Recipe for Couscous alla Trapanese

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If you head to Sicily on our Best of the West culinary tour, you are sure to run into couscous. Yes, couscous! Many people don't realize that there are North African influences in Sicilian cuisine, particularly on the western coast near Trapani. You don't have to wait for a cooking vacation in Sicily, though. You can try an authentic Italian recipe for Couscous alla trapanese easily enough at home! Couscous… Read
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January 10, 2019

By Peg Kern

Best of the West - Culinary Tour in Sicily

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Sicily is one of my favorite destinations. It has everything: seaside and mountains, ancient ruins and awe-inspiring churches, amazing food and wine. And on top of all that it has a certain character to it that is hard to describe as other than its innate "Sicilianism." It is just as Sicilian as you ever pictured it could be - not like you see in the movies, but with utter authenticity.… Read
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October 2, 2017

By Peg Kern

Special One-Time Only Departures

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Here at The International Kitchen most of our cooking vacations can happen whenever YOU want to travel. Any week you chose, any culinary vacation you want (in season) we can usually run the itinerary for you. But we also offer some special weeks that happen specific dates, and these are usually special themed weeks or include a special escort. For instance? Here are some of our current Special Departures. A… Read
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April 6, 2017

By Peg Kern

Sicilian Recipe for Pasta alla Norma

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One of Sicily's signature dishes is "Pasta alla Norma," a pasta dish with tomato sauce, eggplant, and salted ricotta. There is more than one account of how it got it's name, but most tie it to the opera "Norma" composed by the Italian Vincenzo Bellini (Bellini, like the pasta dish, hailed from Catania). You can make the dish with almost any type of pasta. Here we've used casarecce. Although it… Read
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April 4, 2017

By Peg Kern

Why Sicily?

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Sicily is one of our favorite destinations. We consider it one of the most authentic destinations, a place that is still unabashedly provincial. Sicily doesn't try to be anything but what it is, and the result can be at time frustrating, at times magnificent, and always interesting. From the bustling streets of Palermo to the languid piazzas of the villages, it offers the culinary traveler delights at every turn. What… Read
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