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Category Archives: 2006 Winter Olympics

Taking Care of Business

Written on March 1, 2006 at 7:19 pm, by

What happened to February? Between immersing myself in the delights of chocolate and then quenching my Olympic thirst, the month just flew right by me! And what a month it was! As March begins, I decided it was time to take care of some unfinished business and wrap February up so that I can properly  Continue Reading »

The Food of Piemonte: Le mele

Written on February 26, 2006 at 5:57 pm, by

Is there a fruit in the world imbued with more significance than the apple? Whether it’s Eve offering a shiny red one to Adam or your mom telling you to eat one a day, apples are more than just a simple fruit. While Piemonte is well-known for its production of rice and wine, did you  Continue Reading »

The Food of Piemonte: Le Alpi

Written on February 22, 2006 at 11:19 am, by

Let me tell you a bit about Le Alpi … the Alps. They are one of the great mountain ranges of Europe, present in Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany and France. It is believed that their name originates from a Celtic word meaning height. Their highest peak is Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc), which reaches  Continue Reading »

The Food of Piemonte: Gnocchi alla Bava

Written on February 20, 2006 at 3:15 pm, by

So we have come to the end of Day 10 of the 2006 Winter Olympics. How wondrous this journey has been! Piemonte, unfolding before our very eyes. Revealing her food to us in such a magnificent way! As I look back at the last ten Olympic days, I am struck by the sheer beauty of  Continue Reading »

The Food of Piemonte: Tajarin

Written on February 18, 2006 at 12:42 am, by

It is beautiful to start a meal with a little tidbit, something to awaken the palate and prepare the mouth and stomach for what is to come. But if you’re like me, you always want the meal to start in earnest. The bagna caôda was delicious and I don’t think I would turn down a  Continue Reading »

The Food of Piemonte: Robiola

Written on February 15, 2006 at 11:55 pm, by

As we say goodbye to Day 5 of the 2006 Torino Olympics, it’s time to continue our journey in Piemonte. Having enjoyed our bagna caôda, there’s still room for another antipasto before we settle down for the first course. People often say that Piemonte is a region that demonstrates significant French influence both in the  Continue Reading »

The Food of Piemonte: Bagna Caôda

Written on February 11, 2006 at 11:19 pm, by

Imagine, for just a moment, that you are a vegetable, washed and trimmed and waiting for what comes next. Imagine that you are a piece of the heart of a cardoon. Or the leaf of an artichoke, perfumed with lemon after having it rubbed across your skin. Or a ruby red strip of bell pepper,  Continue Reading »

Let the Games Begin!

Written on February 10, 2006 at 9:25 pm, by

"Aperti i XX Giochi olimpici invernali!" With the these words, Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi declared the Games of the XX Olympiad open. For the next two weeks, the world’s attention will be focused on Turin, Italy, and the drama that will unfold.  Medals will be awarded, medals will be stripped away, dreams will be  Continue Reading »