Category: Food History

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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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February 22, 2021

By Peg Kern

History of the Margarita and a Recipe for a Classic Margarita Cocktail

Filed Under  Food History, Kitchen Tips, Recipes, Wines & Spirits, Mexico

Happy National Margarita Day! The margarita cocktail is a bit like the Italian dessert tiramisú. There are many different stories for how it got invented and by whom! And there is not even consensus on how the name of the cocktail came about. One thing there is consensus on? That it is one of the world's most beloved and recognizable cocktails. So what is a margarita? It always includes three… Read
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January 22, 2021

By Peg Kern

How to Make Gougères, or Savory Choux Pastry

Filed Under  Cooking Videos, Food History, Kitchen Tips, Recipes, What's Up at TIK, France

Anyone who bakes has probably at least heard of pâte à choux, or choux pastry, that airy, delicious pastry that is the base for such French treats as eclairs and cream puffs. But you might not have heard of gougères, which is a savory, cheese-infused version of the same type of dough. Learn to make choux pastry on a cooking vacation in France. Choux pastry is one of those baking… Read
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January 13, 2021

By Peg Kern

Why Molise "Doesn't Exist" and Other Fun Facts about Our Authentic Italy Culinary Tour

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

There's a saying in Italy. "Molise non esiste." Molise doesn't exist. It's a running joke among Italians to pretend Molise doesn't exists due to its small size and relative obscurity, even among Italians. If you ask your average Italian to tell you something about Molise, don't expect much (if any) information! But it's also a running joke among Molisani, the quirky inhabitants of Molise, who seem to enjoy the absurdity… Read
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January 7, 2021

By Peg Kern

"Thursday, Gnocchi!": All About Our Favorite Italian Dumpling

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

"Giovedì gnocchi, venerdì pesce, sabato trippa." So the saying goes in Rome, that Thursday is gnocchi day, Friday is fish day, and Saturday it's tripe! It's not hard to understand the "venerdì pesce" – this is a Catholic country after all. But why gnocchi on Thursday? I've always heard that it was to load up with a heavier meal the day before the Friday fast, and that it worked well… Read
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December 17, 2020

By Peg Kern

All About Butter & How to Make Hollandaise Sauce

Filed Under  Food History, Kitchen Tips, Recipes, France, India, United Kingdom, USA

Butter. Yes, butter. Today we're all about butter, and it's not because it's national butter day (evidently that is October 25th–who knew?), nor because we've accidentally over-whipped the cream and ended up with it by accident (yes, that has happened). So why butter? Butter is one of the most versatile of ingredients. It is part of the magic that goes into such dissimilar things as flaky puff pastry and creamy… Read
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