Blog archives for January, 2012

Archive for January, 2012


Monday, January 30th, 2012

Bocce is one of the oldest games around with origins dating to 5000 B.C. The current form of the game is definitely Italian in origin but the French game of petanque which is played primarily in France and Spain is similar. The general principles of both games are the same but bocce is played on […]


Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Well, it has been some time since I have done a post – other things keep intruding. But I received an email from my friend Claudia sometime before Christmas mentioning the opportunities to stuff oneself over the holidays and she mentioned Befana. Who ever heard of Befana outside of Italy? Certainly it is new to […]

Barbara’s Mascarpone

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Having finally adjusted (more or less) to the shock of being back in Oakland after my wonderful sojourn in Bologna it is time to once again provide a recipe for the “cucina pigra” (lazy cooking). When I was in Bologna I went to great meal in the Apennine mountains west of Bologna with Barbara, Vittorio […]