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Unexpected

Gates like these dot the countryside in the Valle d'itria. They remind me that doors everywhere are just waiting to be opened.

Gates like these dot the countryside in the Valle d’itria. They remind me that doors everywhere are just waiting to be opened.

A little more than six months have passed since we changed everything about our lives. It’s easy to identify the radical differences—we aren’t working for other people or institutions, we don’t drive everywhere, we’re speaking another language—but the subtle, under-the-radar changes are the ones that sneak up behind us and let us know that this nuova storia isn’t business as usual. And it’s the small things, the unexpected surprises, which have truly changed us. Read more

Salute

Artichokes are still plentiful in the markets here. They're high in antioxidants, great for the liver and may reduce cell proliferation in some cancers.

Artichokes are still plentiful in the markets here. They’re high in antioxidants, great for the liver and may reduce cell proliferation in some cancers.

Like the rest of the overindulged world, our thoughts have turned to the virtues of simplicity in the wake of Italian holiday season excess. We had a wonderful time during the constant round of parties, friends and multicourse meals, but there was way too much of all of it. While starvation is a daily reality for so many, I just learned that worldwide obesity has doubled since 1980. Stunning. So now we’re moving into a more contemplative moment, trying to figure out how to live with all this exuberance while maintaining some semblance of sanity in terms of our salute (health) and diet. The answer? We’ve turned to the elderly here who are still tied to the old ways that gave rise to the much-heralded Mediterranean Diet. Read more

Firmly Planted, Looking Forward

Life-size saints on a Via Ostuni rooftop looking heavenward for divine inspiration.

Life-size saints on a Via Ostuni rooftop looking heavenward for divine inspiration.

A year ago today we lived in Portland. Oregon, It was raining. Brian was recovering from a severed Achilles tendon and I was working more than 50 hours a week in a soul-sapping job. I had been recruited for the position; it held a great deal of promise that proved to be utterly unfulfilled. We loved Portland, but the weather was starting to wear on us. We felt stuck, seeing little potential for change on the horizon. Then, six months later, we changed everything. Read more

It’s Cold Outside

Ostuni's port, Villanova, is still beautiful in the middle of winter.

Ostuni’s port, Villanova, is just as beautiful in the middle of winter.

On the coldest day since we’ve been in Italy, we went to the beach. No, not to swim, which would be considered certifiably insane at this time of year here. Instead, we wanted to see what the Adriatic Sea looks like up close in winter. We were also looking for a little ambient warmth. Our town is about 1, 500 feet above sea level, so it’s always colder here—a real advantage during the summer. But in the winter, the coast is the place to be for a little relief from the tramontana, the cold north wind that whips through the tiny streets and alleys of our medieval town. Read more

Dinner all’Americana

Kale used in the dinner all'Americana with Italian friends.

Kale used in the dinner all’Americana with Italian friends.

Not all of our friends here would be thrilled to be invited to our house for a typical American meal. The Italians we know are pretty much united around the notion that American cuisine is a total disaster, regardless of our prowess in many other fields. They’ll give us technology, higher education and marketing, but when it comes to food, Americans are non-starters. Read more

A Hot Pasta for a Cold Day

The best cold weather warm-up pasta I know . . . fast, easy and deeply satisfying.

The weather is changing in Martina Franca. While we’re not swimming in flood waters like the unfortunate residents of Venice, our skies are grey and the wind is whipping down our cavernous city streets, prompting a spontaneous show of woolly scarves and winter coats. There’s only one thing to do: make pasta. Read more

A Tavola

Wherever you are in Italy, dinner is always a group activity.

It turns out that Italian food is anything but Italian. It is, instead, deeply regional. Unlike most of its European neighbors, Italy was somewhat late to the game of national unification, becoming Italy more or less as we know it today in 1861. Before then, it was divided into many reigns and republics, each with its own administration, currency, language and history. Even now, traditions, dialects and accents, natural and architectural landscapes and, of course, foodways vary greatly from region to region. Read more

Autumn Arrives in Martina Franca

The first autumn vegetables make their debut in the markets.

We’re on the cusp of autumn here in Martina Franca. The signs are everywhere: shorter days, a snap in the air and impromptu rainy spells that thwart my best-laid alfresco clothes-drying plans. Tomatoes are still available in the market, but they’re considerably more acidic than their late summer predecessors. Prudent cooks have already preserved summer’s tomato harvest to last throughout the winter, but pomodori da pendola, small, thicker-skinned tomatoes still clinging to the vine are hung in cellars here to extend the fresh tomato experience as long as possible. Improbably, they’ll stay fresh and full of flavor well into January. And the last wild oregano is gathered in bunches to preserve it all winter long, but the gorgeous nectarines are long gone. Read more

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