It began with Saint Francis, who reenacted the birth of Christ with live animals in 1223. Actors were added and later, “presepi” (means ‘crib’) were set up throughout Italy, but with pomp and circumstance. In the 1470’s sculptor Alamanno was commissioned to create 42 painted and gilded sculptures […]
Betty Albert Chronicles
California-born Betty Albert is a freelance writer, journalist, blogger and author (“Lost in Italy and Loving it”, Amazon/Kindle). She was practically born in a restaurant, so holds dear the art and science of good eating, healthy living and those who make it so. Betty has a 20-year corporate history with AT&T, another 20 with professional photography, and a love affair with organic gardening fed by her certified naturopathic practice.
Betty has devoted her senior years to updating and sharing researched articles, interviews with interesting people and travel stories. Ever wonder where that giant eggplant came from? Or what a day in the life of a gondolier looks like? Or the 10 best travel tips in XYZ city might be? Or a New Look at Knee Problems! Gastronomic, natural health or travel reads are easy picks in the Chronicles blog.
Her website is www.bettyalbertchronicles.com, and she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MULTI GRAIN FIG/WALNUT/ROSEMARY FOCACCIA Italy Magazine’s article about the multi grain pizza led me to their recipe for fig and honey focaccia. I’m a focaccia foodie and have made it every which way in past years to sell locally as a caterer. Now I hear it was invented […]
a quick peek at ………..a meal in ancient Rome…………… Did early Romans and those party-loving Etruscans ever wonder if they would run out of pasta, fish or wine? ( We are still in B.C. mode here.) Plutarch was a Greek-born writer, later a citizen of Rome who spoke […]
From: Italy Magazine Everything Italy. Authentically Italian. https://www.italymagazine.com/recipe/homemade-ancient-grain-pizza go and get this great recipe from a great magazine! I was in a quandary since we are headed for Naples, the birthplace of the “magic Italian Pie”. Where is the best one going to be located for us to […]
(in humble tribute to the 6 million sheep of Sardinia and the rest of Italy, rarely attributed their due) Pecorino Romano, referenced in many Italian recipes, but equally hard to find around my town, is that miracle of ewe’s milk that in Roman times reputedly surpassed cow’s milk […]
….uh-oh, a brand new blog may be necessary! With the trip to Southern Italy dawning closer as a “first adventure”, I thought to consult Fred Plotkin’s “Italy for the Gourmet Traveler”, a voluminous knowledge base. Mine resides more to the north. Thankfully, my traveling companion likes to eat […]
Take a look at these earthly treasures soon to be glimpsed: As seen from Naples at Sunset, Mount Vesuvius is an imposing sight. At 4203’ it is the only active volcano on the European mainland, close to Naples, with over 3 million people close by, and considered one […]
PLAN, PREP AND FREEZE MEALS FOR “The Duration” We call the time I’ll be away on vacation, “the duration”, since my spoiled husband must fend for himself. My solution is to prepare one-dish meals. I allocated the small freezer in the garage to him and shopped carefully to […]
Anyone who knows my passion to cook, especially Italian dishes, knows also of my heritage from Tuscany. You can’t get more Italian than having had a mother from Elba and a father from Lucca who became a noted restaurant chef during California’s heyday in San Francisco and Los […]
Blank so Long……. Over the past several months, I have yet to post in my blog any relevant words. The reason for this is that I have been embroiled in preparation for what might become my last trip to my fatherland. First I had to celebrate a birthday […]