Friday, April 15, 2011

And Now, on a Completely Different Note ...

We love Italian fare around here.  (Need I remind you that pizza is nature's perfect food?)  Although we don't make our own pasta - our offspring do (and of course Beth Cooks, see link at left) - my wife of partial Italian heritage does everything but.  As a result we grow six different kinds of tomatoes, peppers both hot and not, shop at Italian markets hours away from here whenever we can, and keep secret spices on hand.  Her repertoire of Italian dishes continues to amaze me after 3 1/2 decades, many of them handed down from her Nona and Nona's Nona - or even made up on the fly.  So when we accidentally caught two minutes of Lidia's Italy, a cooking show on The Latin Network (TLN) a couple of weeks ago between periods of the hockey game, we wondered if there really could be anything new under the Tuscan sun.  (Those south of the 49th parallel may be acquainted with Lidia's various Italian eateries in major U.S. cities but in Canuckland they are as yet unkown.)  Needless to say, we're now hooked on the show, a kind of artsy travelogue-lifestyle-cooking combo that's irresistible to anyone who enjoys gnocchi and a glass of Chianti Ruffino.  And then there's Lidia's Italy the website, a treasure-trove of recipes, gifts, ingredients, etc. that gets high marks for it's simplicity, content and eye appeal.  So there you go; look for it, love it.  I must leave you now as something has suddenly made me hungry.