Italy Is the Answer
Warmth. Connection. Beauty. Escape. Do any of those words evoke images of Italy in your mind? They do for Kathy McCabe, especially amid pandemic-related travel restrictions, when dreaming of Italy is especially bittersweet. Kathy reflects on the life experiences, big and small, that keep her coming back to Italy — and shares why Italy is, as always, the answer.
Basilicata Enchants with Unusual Experiences
In the instep of Italy’s “boot” is a lesser-known mountainous and hilly region where trees get married and Amaro Lucano, the native digestivo, is celebrated. Valerie Fortney, a Basilicata local, shares an excerpt from her new book detailing the tree-marriage ceremony, her quest to find her genealogical roots here and the local drink that helps with digestion.
Polenta: A Poor Food that Endures
Once a ubiquitous dish among farmers in rural Umbria, polenta has fallen out of favor. Letizia Mattiacci reveals why, along with polenta’s history, types and proper cooking methods for a modern take on the cornmeal porridge. (Yes, it matters which type of cornmeal you use to make polenta!)
Recipe: Polenta and Sausages
Learn how to cook polenta from scratch for a creamy, flavorful Italian dish.