Archive for November, 2009

Personal Finance Beginnings: What To Tell Your Kids About Money

Personal Finance Beginnings: What To Tell Your Kids About Money

(photo: my young uncle washing his hands in an outdoor fountain in Bagnara, Calabra – Village of Pellegrina) One of the most important life skills you can teach your child is how to save or, more specifically, why it’s important to save.   My parents would often bring me to the bank as a small child and I observed my mother writing and cashing [...]

How To Survive Thanksgiving With Your Italian Family

How To Survive Thanksgiving With Your Italian Family

Around the same time last year, I offered some no-brainer tips on how to get along with everyone on Thanksgiving.  The tips emanated from the fact that even if you love most of your Italian family members there comes a point during the holiday season when you’d like to get Uncle Pasquale in a headlock and give him a good noogie. [...]

Scordo’s Link Round Up: Italian Culture, Food, and LifeStyle

Scordo’s Link Round Up: Italian Culture, Food, and LifeStyle

(Photo: that’s my mother, grandmother, and aunts leaning on an Oxen in rural Calabria) If you haven’t noticed, Scordo.com has been posting on all things Italian as of late (salami, mushroom hunting, espresso, Italian cocktails/Amari, Italian immigrants and money, dry pasta, pesto, cheese, etc.) and I wanted to reassure my readers that while the editorial theme of Scordo.com will not [...]

Introduction to Italian Digestives and Amari Drinks

Introduction to Italian Digestives and Amari Drinks

Do you do bitter?  No, no I’m not asking you if you like to complain or wake up each morning looking for a fight with the world (or worse your spouse)!  What I’m asking is if you’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing what the Italians refer to as Amari?  Amari are traditional digestivos or spirits (read post dinner drinks [...]

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Good morning everyone and if you’re located on the East Coast, I hope you’re enjoying the Fall weather!  In the NYC area, there are still a few Norway Maples with bright yellow leaves, but the Sycamores, Red Maples, and Red and White Oaks have lost their leaves.   While the trees may be loosing their leaves, Scordo.com readers are gaining [...]

Portable Espresso Take Two: HandPresso Wild Domepod Review

Portable Espresso Take Two: HandPresso Wild Domepod Review

At first glance it just doesn’t make any sense.  That is to say, how could a shot of liquid gold (aka, fresh espresso) come out of a handheld device?  Afterall, if you walk into your neighborhood café or Starbucks you’ll mostly likely see a $10,000 plus hunk of steel with a brass broiler, multiple portafilters, a warming tray to accommodate [...]

Black Friday Holiday Shopping: Just Say No to Coupons, Free Shipping, and Deals

Black Friday Holiday Shopping: Just Say No to Coupons, Free Shipping, and Deals

With the notorious holiday shopping season fast approaching I’m having nauseous visions of deals, coupons, free mass produced turkeys and hams, free shipping, wal-mart, and 40 percent off blow out sales.  The visions are not only vivid and haunting they are actually true!   Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t pass up a deal on a particular consumer item that [...]

Cleaning and Polishing Granite and Stainless Steel

Cleaning and Polishing Granite and Stainless Steel

Back in February I wrote a short article on how to clean your kitchen and touched on hot topics such as floor washing, stainless steel polishing, and granite cleaning (I’m sure you’re thinking: riveting subjects!).  On the topic of cleaning granite, I suggested folks use a white vinegar/water solution to clean their granite, but I’d like to now officially retract [...]

Kitchen Cabinet Hardware and How Great Companies Are Made

Kitchen Cabinet Hardware and How Great Companies Are Made

As I stated in my guide to renovating your kitchen, splurging on good quality kitchen cabinets is usually a good idea when it comes to redesigning your home kitchen (especially if you’re looking to stay in your home for long term).  High quality kitchen cabinets are usually composed of solid wood cabinet faces (e.g., maple), full plywood box construction, dovetail [...]

Cheap and Easy DIY Tips to Clean Your Home

Cheap and Easy DIY Tips to Clean Your Home

(The following is a guest post from Adrienne Carlson; who regularly writes on the topic of criminal justice.  See Adrienne’s related article on DIY ways to protect your home.) Your home is probably the greatest asset you own, and when you let it run to ruin you are wasting your money in the worst way possible. A home that is [...]