Archive for October, 2009

How To Find, Cook, and Identify Wild Mushrooms

How To Find, Cook, and Identify Wild Mushrooms

As I’ve suggested in a recent post, I’m a dyed in the wool country man, but I live a few minutes outside of the largest city in the US!  You must be thinking: how paradoxical that this guy loves nature yet lives so close to a major urban area?  Well the truth of the matter is I value the rural [...]

Guide to Cured Italian Meats: Salami, Salame, or Salumi

Guide to Cured Italian Meats: Salami, Salame, or Salumi

Guide to Cured Italian Meats: Salami, Salame, or Salumi salame salumi salami cacciatore prosciutto prosciutto cotto, finocchiona, capocollo, soppressata, culatello, mortadella One of the highlights of my summer trips to Calabria as a small child included spending time on my grandfather’s working farm.  Nonno Vincenzo’s farm was a 10 minute drive north of the small village of Pellegrina on Via Nazionale. [...]

How to Prepare Your Garden for Winter: 5 Tips

How to Prepare Your Garden for Winter: 5 Tips

We’ve had a cold and wet summer in the Northeast this year, so I’m not sure what the Fall and Winter seasons will bring us in terms of temperature, snow, wind, and rain.  However, I do know that a good looking garden (including grass, shrubs, and flowers) starts as soon as everything begins to die or go dormant.  Here are [...]