Category: Food History

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June 16, 2021

By Peg Kern

How to Make Homemade Ricotta & Making Cheese on a Cooking Vacation in Italy

Filed Under  Food History, Kitchen Tips, Recipes, Italy

One of our culinary travelers' favorite activities when they participate in our Italy cooking vacations is making cheese. This is not part of every itinerary: it depends on the region and the specific cooking vacation. But many of our culinary tours in Italy include cheese making, or at least a visit to see how cheese is produced. But did you know you can easily replicate the thrill of cheesemaking in… Read
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May 26, 2021

By Peg Kern

Tlacoyos Recipe

Filed Under  Destination Features, Food History, Kitchen Tips, Recipes, Mexico

When trying to describe tlacoyos to my kids, I said they were a cross between a tamale and an empanada. They have the thick, corn-masa breading on the outside, like a tamale. But unlike a tamale, they aren't steamed in corn husks, they are cooked on a hot griddle (with our without oil) or, sometimes, deep fried. Their shape is also unique, like a football that has been flattened by… Read
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March 24, 2021

By Peg Kern

Types of Cocktails & Mixed Drinks

Filed Under  Food History, Kitchen Tips, What's Up at TIK, Wines & Spirits

Happy National Cocktail Day! We don't think one really needs a reason to enjoy a nice cocktail, but we don't mind having one. So what exactly is a cocktail? A cocktail is a mixed alcoholic drink that includes one or more spirit and some type of mixer. Not very specific, is it? cocktail (noun): an alcoholic drink consisting of a spirit or several spirits mixed with other ingredients, such as… Read
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March 12, 2021

By Peg Kern

Recipe for Tagliata di Manzo "alla Roberto"

Filed Under  Food History, Kitchen Tips, Recipes, Italy

Last week we featured our friend Richard di San Marzano's recounting of his past year during lockdown in the Umbrian countryside near Spoleto. As you might expect, it featured plenty of good food! We shared one of Richard's family recipes, for Five Leaf Pesto, earlier in the week. Now we're turning up the heat with a classic "tagliata di manzo," as made by Richard's friend Roberto. "Tagliata" means "cut," or… Read
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March 11, 2021

By Peg Kern

Recipe for Five Leaf Pesto from Our Cooking Vacation in Spoleto

Filed Under  Destination Features, Food History, Kitchen Tips, Recipes, Italy

If you had to spend time in lockdown, then perhaps the Umbrian countryside was an ideal place to do it. Last week our friend and partner Richard di San Marzano described his family's experience during the past year in Italy (you can read it here). It included a lot of seasonal foraging and fabulous food, as. you might expect in Italy. Try one of Richard's recipes, fruit of his foraging… Read
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March 5, 2021

By Peg Kern

My Experience in Italy during the Lockdown

Filed Under  Destination Features, Food History, Kitchen Tips, Travel Tips, Italy

Our friend Richard di San Marzano in Spoleto is contributing a guest post for us letting us know what life has been like the past year in one of our favorite Italian regions, Umbria. Italy's national lockdown began on March 8, 2020 (although there were regional quarantines before then), and it has continued, like much of the world, with varying levels of restrictions since then. If you've wondered about what… Read
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