When life gives you lemons, make limoncello!

Every fall, my grandfather made wine from grapes he imported from Italy. The press still stands today in my cellar…after all, he made it from concrete! A few years after Grandpa had passed, Uncle Johnny discovered that the wine in one of the barrels had turned to vinegar. Sad, right? However, Uncle Johnny turned lemons into limoncello. Or, in this case, a different liquid. Uncle Johnny sanitized some unique bottles… Read More »When life gives you lemons, make limoncello!

Zio Michele Ischia Italy

Are Traditions Still Important?

Often, I sign my letters, emails and book inscriptions with “Tante belle cose.” English speakers might translate this is as “Many blessings” or “Best wishes.” I started doing this after being with my Zio Michele (Uncle Mike) in Italy. Every time we would part, he would kiss me twice and say, “Tante belle cose.” Uncle Mike’s words were filled with so much that couldn’t be expressed: he wanted the best… Read More »Are Traditions Still Important?