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At My Desk This Morning [Photos]

November 17th, 2016 Comments off

Francesca’s Homemade Pasta Carbonara [Photo]

November 6th, 2016 Comments off

Cassatelle di Agira, Sicily, Italy [Photo]

November 6th, 2016 Comments off

Prosecco Sparkling Wine | Douglas E. Welch Gift Guide 2016 #4

November 4th, 2016 Comments off

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From Douglas…

Perhaps it is our trips to Sicily that make us prefer prosecco over other sparkling wines, but I think it also has to do with the difference in flavor profile from traditional French Champagne and American Sparkling Wines. We prefer a slightly sweeter taste to our sparklers and prosecco almost always seems to provide that. 

You don’t need a special occasion for prosecco either. It is inexpensive enough to keep a bottle on the fridge all the time for spontaneous sharing with friends and family and yet the bubbles offer something more special something different from standard red or white wines. In fact, prosecco is one of the few white wines my wife will drink. She is a very traditional Sicilian in preferring the heavy, dark, smoky red wines whether sipping a glass on its own or pairing it with a large bowl of pasta.

If you haven’t checked out prosecco lately, give it a try. Your local BevMo or other local wine store is sure to have a wide variety available.  


Prosecco Sparkling Wine


 

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The $64 Tomato by William Alexander | Douglas E. Welch Gift Guide 2016 #3

November 3rd, 2016 Comments off

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From Douglas…

It is a story as old as America itself. When we dream, we dream big. Big houses, big cars and, in the case of The $64 Tomato, big gardens. In this book, author William Alexander details his love/hate relationship with his garden. I knew I was going to love this book within the first chapter, when I found myself laughing out loud time and time again. Alexander perfectly captures the idealism and absurdity that usually accompany any home improvement project. 

I must say that, after my childhood of helping my Grandmother and my Father in the garden and even, reluctantly, maintaining my own small garden plot as a child, I found it a bit ludicrous that anyone would actually set out to “design” a vegetable garden. In my experience, you usually just mark out an area, have the neighbor plow it up and disc it down, lay out some string lines and plant. Aesthetics were rarely, if ever, an issue. Now you bring in experts, test the soil, try exotic new varieties of plants and, so it seems, endure many failures. 

While the book is funny, it is also a trifle sad. There is an underlying current of hubris which seems to thrive in the heart of every American. We like to think we can conquer and control anything, even nature itself, when, in reality, we can only hold back nature for short periods of time and even then, only in relatively small areas. It is also a story of having eyes too large for our stomachs. Rows and rows of zucchini that must be given away, if not forced on the neighbors. Yes, we love having fresh food from our very own gardens, but it seems we have no self-control. If “some” is good than “more” must certainly be better. 

The $64 Tomato is entertaining and enlightening because it is so true. Anyone with any aspirations to gardening will recognize themselves in its pages. Gardening, like life itself, is about struggle and this book details many struggles with bugs, grass, weeds and neighbors. Even then, I can guess that these were only a small portion of the troubles that occurred in the real garden. Television writers, like my wife, constantly deal with this issue. Just because something happened in real life, often times the viewers will never believe it. I would guess there are more stories that this gardening author has yet to tell.

The saddest part, but one that rings true, is the author’s struggle in finding balance between gardening as a task and gardening as a joy. I know that I experience this every day in my own garden and I am sure you do, too. It is a rare gardener who can find joy in pulling weeds time and time again That said, don’t let the dandelions get you down. Pour a nice, cool lemonade (preferably made from your own lemons), sit back in your favorite chair and enjoy, if just for a moment, the garden you have created. While I certainly hope you don’t spend $64 for each tomato you harvest, this book can make you laugh and give you solace in the knowledge that most gardener’s are happily suffering right along with you.


The $64 Tomato by William Alexander


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Honeycomb Tasting Closeup at Parco dell’Etna [Photo]

November 2nd, 2016 Comments off

Honeycomb Tasting at Parco dell’Etna [Photo]

November 2nd, 2016 Comments off

Italian Moka Pot Coffee Makers | Douglas E. Welch Gift Guide 2016 #2

November 2nd, 2016 Comments off

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From Douglas…

After returning from our 4th trip to visit family in Sicily this year, I have finally become a convert away from traditional American drip coffee and exclusively to mock pot and espresso-type coffee.

Each morning in Sicily, I arise, fill my little Moka pot, place it over a low burner on the gas range (Italian stovetops have a burner especially for this purpose) and wait for the wonderful black gold to bubble up. 

Moka pots are easier to use than the steam driven “espresso makers” so often found in America and so much less expensive than true, pressure driven, espresso makers along with the expensive grinders needed to make them produce the best coffee. It has taken a view visits to Sicily to accomplishment, but now I am a complete convert. You might be, too!


Italian Moka Pot Coffee Makers 

 

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More morning coffee via Instagram Stories [Video]

October 31st, 2016 Comments off
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Coffee/Caffé near Enna via Instagram [Photo]

October 23rd, 2016 Comments off
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