August Hot and bothered. Thats
what we are. Since the heat is on .... look beyond central
Florence for music and dance events. Aside from several historic
August concerts, most of the fun moves to the cool hills this
The Assumption of the Madonna is celebrated on August. 15th,
an important midsummer religious holiday, creating a week
that inland Italy nearly comes to a complete stop (action
at the seaside continues full force). The streets in Florence
may not be as empty as usual this year, as economic tribulations
keep folks from travelling very far. Do though, expect that
almost EVERYTHING will be closed on the 15th.
SUZANNE, CORSO, SANDRA, LORI and KIMBERLY wish our friends
a swinging summer whether you are enjoying it close to home
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AMALFI DINING: On a recent visit to the Amalfi Coast, Suzanne
made a great find: Ristorante La Situla in Pompei. Suzanne
reports Fabulous! You would never in a thousand years
stop in this seemingly touristy place, but the food was spectacular.
Handmade pasta for 10 euros, gnocchi stuffed with seafood,
lots of other great seafood choices
In two, Suzanne
spent 43.00 euro for a light lunch. La Situla. Via Mazzini
63, Pompei (NA). Tel. 081 8568047. Closed Monday.
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AMALFI STRIKES AGAIN: Suzanne made another great Amalfi accommodation
find: Al Borgo is a small B & B in Ravello (about 400
steps down, good exercise, says Suzanne). The owner Roberto,
converted this house into 5 bedrooms and bathrooms. For 90
euros he gave a double room (single use) and breakfast, which
was set out in the garden with a divine view over the coastline.
We thought we had died and gone to heaven. Al
Borgo. Via Traglio 24, 84010 Ravello (SA), Amalfi Coast. Tel.
089 858164. www.alborgotorello.com, email@example.com.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
SFORMATO DI ZUCCHINI O MELANZANE - Serves 10
Make use of summer garden bounty with this recipe.
1 onion, finely chopped
2 Tbs. olive oil
2 Tbs. butter
1/2 cup white wine
2 large eggplants or 4 medium zucchini, cut into small cubes
1 tsp. grated lemon zest
1/2 cup tomato sauce, plus a few tablespoons extra for garnishing
sformato before serving
1/4 tsp. salt
Gently cook onion in olive oil and butter until translucent,
approx. 5 minutes. Add white wine and cook until the wine
is mostly evaporated. Add diced vegetable, grated lemon zest,
tomato sauce and salt. Cook, stirring frequently until the
vegetable is cooked, about 10/15 minutes. Set aside to cool
while you make the white sauce.
3 Tbs. butter
4 Tbs. flour
1 ½ cups hot milk
1/4 tsp. salt
freshly ground pepper
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
Melt butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Stir in flour and
cook for 1 minute, without browning. Remove from heat and
whisk in hot milk, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Return to heat
and bring to boil, whisking constantly, until thick and bubbly.
Combine the vegetable mixture and white sauce, with 5 eggs
and half cup grated parmigiano.
Grease and coat with approx. ½ cup bread crumbs, a
9 x 13 inch glass baking dish. Pour mixture into baking dish.
Bake in 325° oven until knife inserted in center comes
out clean, approx. 45 minutes. Serve with extra tomato sauce