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Black Friday Shopping, and my Number 1 Thanksgiving Turkey Pro Tip
It's holiday gift guide time once again, just in time for Black Friday. If you subscribe to my newsletter you’ve already received my holiday gift guide and probably gotten started on your shopping.
The focus is on culinary tools, gourmet food & a fabulous Italian wine club! Plus my top choice travel camera that's powerful, but lightweight and easily slips into your pocket.
Also, you're still in time to listen to my Number One roast turkey PRO TIP for your Thanksgiving turkey!
Have a listen to this episode and head to the Flavor of Italy website show notes for this episode and all the Black Friday shopping links you need!
American Academy & the Rome Sustainable Food Program - Episode 87
The Rome Sustainable Food Program (RSFP) at the American Academy prepares community style daily meals for the fellows and also maintains a rich organic garden and orchard. Head chef Kyle Pierce and I chatted about the Academy, the RSFP kitchen and garden, and the RSFP food philosophy and internship program.
Guido Ucelli: scientist, inventor and Italian Resistance partisan
Most people think of Italy in terms of fashion, fabulous travel destinations and outstanding food but technological and scientific innovators, inventors and achievers like Guido Ucelli are a key part of the driving force of Italy.
Some notable Italian scientists and inventors are Marconi who invented the radio, and Meucci who invented the telephone. Enrico Fermi was instrumental in atomic research and fission experiments. And let's not forget about Leonardo da Vinci and his many inventions like the corkscrew and spit roaster.
Roast Pig is the NEW Roast Turkey this Thanksgiving
It's time to make the leap in 2021 for a Thanksgiving and holiday menu change: choose Roast Pig as the NEW Roast Turkey this year, and give your menu an Italian flare. There are lots of reasons for this menu change not the least of which is that this year turkeys are in short supply and more expensive than previous years.
And let's face it: everyone loves pork! Michele Di Pietro and I chatted about great dishes to serve this Thanksgiving holiday with roast pig. The bottom line is that almost every dish you enjoy with turkey is even better served with roast suckling pig.
This episode is loaded with great photographs and links to help you plan an amazing Thanksgiving holiday menu!
Culinary Walking Tour of Rome with Andrew Cotto, author and NYT food and travel writer
The Flavor of Italy Culinary Walking Tour of Rome is the number one way to take a deep dive into the very best of Roman cuisine.
Today Andrew Cotto, author and NYT food and travel writer, and I strolled around one of Rome's best outdoor markets and nearby food shops and ended our Culinary Walking Tour of Rome with a fabulous food and wine pairing lunch at Rimessa Roscioli. Have a listen as you join us on this tour.
Head to the Flavor of Italy website for today's show notes with plenty of photos and useful links.
Sicilian Food & the Monsù Cuisine
Sicilian travel designer Angela Macaluso shared the history of the monsù cuisine in Sicily. It dates back to the 17th century when French nobility traveled to Sicily, along with their chefs (the monsù), who created a fusion of elegant and refined French food with luscious, agriculturally based Sicilian dishes.
Must listen if you like Italian Food!
Wendy covers many little known aspects of Italian food with so many interesting guests. You’ll want to be in Italy to experience it all!
Makes you feel like you are in Italy
I just listened to Flavor of Italy all about a local olive oil. I literally could taste the product and visualize the 1000 olive trees described. If you can travel now to Italy , Wendy’s stories and descriptions will allow you to be there virtually.
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I have enjoyed listening to and learning so much about Italy through your podcasts. Your interview questions and guests have been wonderful. It is giving me, as an Italian American motivation to visit many places when I return. Thank you for giving me so much to look forward to! Especially during these difficult times in the world.