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Omegalicious

Fresh sardines are an easy, incredibly tasty way to provide outstanding nutrition.

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Hole in One

It's raining in California, with storm after storm pounding the coast. We're holing up with osso buco, Italy's hole-in-one braise that satisfies the bone-weary among us.

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Eat Your Greens

Olives infested with olive fly still on the tree during the last snowstorm here (Photo credit: Amanda Roelle).

Olives infested with olive fly still on the tree during the December 31, 2014 snowstorm here (Photo credit: Amanda Roelle).

The temperature here is dropping as I write. Snow flurries and high winds blew in last night, but today’s snowfall is almost an afterthought, with patches of brilliant blue sky behind ominous clouds. Maybe it’s counter-intuitive, but we welcome the chill if it will lay waste to the olive fly larvae that burrow in the soil of our olive grove. There’s little else to do but stay inside and cook while entertaining visions of insect death and destruction, hoping the incongruity of these two activities doesn’t indicate something troubling about my state of mind. Read more

La Pausa

Getting ready for one in a series of Pascarosa olive oil tastings we held throughout Oregon and California this spring.

Getting ready for one in a series of Pascarosa olive oil tastings we held throughout Oregon and California this spring.

After a month and a half of unbridled hedonism —and absolutely no blog posts—we have slipped back into the now familiar cadence of our lives in Martina Franca. We went back to the U.S. to see our children, parents and friends these past few months, experiencing a pausa from Italian life while escaping the tail end of winter. We also peddled our extra virgin olive oil up and down the west coast, reconnecting with olive oil aficionados and meeting some truly lovely new friends, too. It was a rollicking good time between the world class I.P.A. craft beers in Portland, John Locke’s bewitching Birichino Malvasia and my father-in-law’s deadly margaritas, which ought to be illegal. We need a vacation from the vacation. Read more

Come Si Fa

Artisanal spaghetti from Benedetto Cavalieri in Maglie, Puglia, is come si fa la pasta in Italy.

Artisanal spaghetti from Benedetto Cavalieri in Maglie, Puglia, is come si fa la pasta in Italy.

We have come to understand that most Italians we know are not particularly burdened by uncertainty. Firm ideas about come si fa (how it’s done) are routinely offered on a staggering range of topics. From child rearing to olive harvesting, there is little room for doubt here on the correct approach. Confusingly, though, the correct approach varies widely depending upon the advice giver. So we stagger through our days in a valiant effort to make sense of this wellspring of well-intentioned advice, secure only in our conviction that we routinely fail to grasp Italian come si fa in so many fundamental ways. Read more

Bye Bye Befana

A surfeit of Santas compare notes on their Vespas, the sleigh of choice in Italy.

A surfeit of Santas compare notes on their Vespas, the sleigh of choice in Italy.

Just before lunchtime on this chilly Monday in January, our town’s streets are filled with family groups bundled in fleece from head to toe, men in winter wool caps and scarves huddled together on benches or in conversational packs and teenagers roaming the old town streets clutching cell phones and giggling. On a typical Monday, children are at school, most adults are at work and only a few elderly men gather in the piazza. But this is not a typical Monday. Today all of Italy celebrates the Epiphany, marking the last day of the month-long Christmas season here. January 6th is a national holiday that sends everyone into the streets to revel and rejoice before it all comes to end. So we joined the festivities to bid farewell to all the fun before we settle in for the quieter winter days to come. Read more

Plic e Plac

Hot, red peppers provide the heat in plic e plac.

Hot, red peppers provide the heat in plic e plac.

As our own roots reach just a little deeper into this especially rocky Pugliese soil, we’re making new friends and slowly becoming ever more bound to the people we’ve come know over these last 18 years. Martina Franca isn’t a tiny town—its population hovers around 50,000—but we find it’s possible to connect easily, sometimes effortlessly, while conducting the business of daily living. Read more

La Raccolta

Just one of many cassette filled with olives we'll bring to the olive mill this season.

Just one of many cassette filled with olives we’ll bring to the olive mill this season.

Now we understand why our Pugliese neighbors don’t start harvesting their olives until the end of October at the very earliest. They need at least that long to recover from the rigor of la vendemmia, the grape harvest, which wraps up by the first of the month. You might think that olive ripeness has something to do with it, but we’re learning that olives are considerably less finicky than wine grapes and are reasonably happy to hang out on their trees, basking in the late autumn sun. When the raccolta (olive harvest) begins is subject to an array of factors, some more obscure than others. So much to learn . . . . Read more

Plenty of Fish in the Pugliese Sea

Baby octopus is one of the more exotic offerings at our local fish market.

Baby octopus is one of the more exotic offerings at our local fish market.

Most everything that used to intimidate me about living in Italy has long since faded away. Crowds of octogenarian dialect speakers, paying bills at the post office (yes, the post office) and disapproving grannies no longer provoke moments of intense self-doubt. After all, since we’ve been here, we’ve mounted our website by collaborating with a team of monolingual Italian techies, moved our bill-paying to online direct deposit and won grudging approval for appropriate seasonal vegetable selection among our neighborhood residents. But one frontier is still relatively uncharted, despite increasingly confident forays across its borders. One day I know we’ll stride confidently into our local pescheria and select our fish without anxiety. Based on our current performance, though, that day won’t be soon. Read more

Cime di Rapa—You’re the Top

A field of cime di rapa at the Saturday market in nearby Ostuni.

A field of cime di rapa at the Saturday market in nearby Ostuni.

One of the more annoying habits of expatriates who write about their adventures in foreign lands is the tendency to drone on and on about what they’re doing, seeing and eating that you can’t possibly replicate at home. So I will ask your forgiveness in advance as I indulge for a minute. Or consider this fair warning, because I’m writing about cime di rapa today. You can’t get them anywhere else but southern Italy and Puglia is the epicenter of its cultivation. We have become slavish fans of cime di rapa and find ourselves firmly in their thrall. Read more

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