Winner of Beyond the Pasta Give away and a taste of things to come

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Oh wow, what a week. Am I glad it’s the weekend! I didn’t want this week to finish without announcing the winner of a copy of Beyond the Pasta by Mark Leslie. . . . → Read More: Winner of Beyond the Pasta Give away and a taste of things to come

An interview with Mark Leslie author of Beyond the Pasta

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On Wednesday I posted a review of a cookbook/memoir called Beyond the Pasta – Recipes, Language and Life with an Italian Family written by Mark Leslie. . . . → Read More: An interview with Mark Leslie author of Beyond the Pasta

Going Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness – The Breast Cancer Site

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In honour of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a group of Italian bloggers (led by Mammafelice, Ma Che Davvero? and Semplicemente Pepe Rosa ) have decided to go Pink today to raise breast cancer awareness and they have invited several expat bloggers in Italy to join them. . . . → Read More: Going Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness – The Breast Cancer Site

How (and why) One Family Abandoned Bottled Water

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I’ve had plenty of bad habits in my life. I used to smoke. I used to bite my fingernails. I used to buy bottled water. About 8 years ago we (my husband and I) decided to stop buying bottled water when we realized that we really didn’t have a good reason to keep doing it. . . . → Read More: How (and why) One Family Abandoned Bottled Water

New Beginnings and risotto

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Welcome to Frutto della Passione’s new home. For so many reasons this has always been my favourite time of year, and against all logic autumn has always felt like a time for new beginnings for me. . . . → Read More: New Beginnings and risotto

A Secret Dinner

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So I recently had a birthday and my husband and son made a very happy girl by giving me an SLR camera – something I had been coveting for quite sometime. After several days of pouring over the manual and taking pictures of anything and everything, I went online and did a little research into . . . → Read More: A Secret Dinner

How do you say ‘Scolapasta’ in English

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I think that moving to Italy gave me a new insight into the life my grandparents led when they immigrated to Canada. . . . → Read More: How do you say ‘Scolapasta’ in English

Where I’ve been and where I’m going

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The other night I went to a cocktail party where I saw some old friends, ran into recently acquired friends and met some people that just might become future friends. . . . → Read More: Where I’ve been and where I’m going

Five Italian Foods-or Drinks-Everyone Should Taste – A Guest Post by Cherrye Moore

Today I have the pleasure of hosting a fellow expat here on Frutto della Passione. You may already be familiar with My Bella Vita written by Cherrye Moore. If you aren’t, may I suggest you head over and take a look at what Cherrye has to say. She writes about her life in Calabria, her . . . → Read More: Five Italian Foods-or Drinks-Everyone Should Taste – A Guest Post by Cherrye Moore

Reprendiamo

Let’s get back to it or let’s start again. Pretty much the most appropriate title for this blog post. I have been long absent. 8 weeks. First, I should mention that nothing happened, or rather nothing bad happened. I had a wonderful vacation, got my soon to be 10-year-old ready to go back to school, . . . → Read More: Reprendiamo