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The Manhattan Cocktail – A Sophisticated Affair

The Manhattan Cocktail – A Sophisticated Affair

My brother had a milestone birthday this month, and asked me to make him a Manhattan cocktail. You may not know this about me, but I’m a master cocktail mixer, if I do say so myself - LOL. I have no formal training but I have a fascination with vintage cocktails, and...

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Top 10 Summer Essentials You Need Right Now

Top 10 Summer Essentials You Need Right Now

The Italian word for summer is estate (pronounced eh-stah-tay). Summer officially begins June 20th, although most people in the U.S. unofficially start with Memorial Day weekend. To make 2021 the sweetest estate of your life, let's jazz up the sunny season with these...

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10 Ways To Live La Dolce Vita

10 Ways To Live La Dolce Vita

What do you think of when you hear the phrase la dolce vita? Do you think of the Fellini movie with Marcello Mastroianni fishing the luscious Anita Ekberg from the Trevi Fountain? Or perhaps you think of enjoying a beautiful plate of pasta with an Aperol Spritz while...

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30 Things To Do This Spring (Free Downloadable Checklist)

30 Things To Do This Spring (Free Downloadable Checklist)

Isn't it wonderful to see green again. The flowers are blooming. The birds are singing. Our Mother Earth is coming back to life. It’s a time for renewal and optimism. To help get you into the spirit of la primavera, I made you a list of 30 things to do this...

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How To Be Elegant in Social Situations

How To Be Elegant in Social Situations

I've written before about la bella figura, the Italian idea of casting a beautiful figure. It’s about the way you look and dress, but it's also about the way you behave as well. It's about manners, etiquette, and how to be elegant in social situations. In modern...

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How An Elegant Woman Eats

How An Elegant Woman Eats

How you eat is just as important as what you eat. If you want to lose weight and elevate your overall lifestyle, start at the table. The foods you choose, the portion sizes, the table settings, and how you eat, all contribute to an overall elegant lifestyle. In this...

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The Ultimate Guide to Modern Elegance and Glamour

The Ultimate Guide to Modern Elegance and Glamour

This is the first article in a new series about modern elegance and glamour. In the coming weeks, I'll be exploring the concept of what it means to be an elegant woman in the modern world. What is modern elegance? The word "elegance" comes from the Middle French word...

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Lentils for Prosperity in the New Year

Lentils for Prosperity in the New Year

It is the tradition in Italy to eat lentils for prosperity in the New Year. Round little lentils, or lenticchie, represent Roman coins. If you eat lentils on New Year's Day, wealth and good fortune will be on their way to you. Lentils are usually served as midnight is...

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Leftover Turkey Pot Pie

Leftover Turkey Pot Pie

Sometimes I think the best part of holiday meals are the leftovers. I love to snack on leftover turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce. If you're looking for something to do with your turkey meat, try making a Leftover Turkey Pot Pie. It makes a hot comforting meal on...

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Affogato With Leftover Christmas Cookies

Affogato With Leftover Christmas Cookies

Affogato is an Italian dessert of gelato “drowned” in espresso. The word affogato in Italian means “drowned.” It comes from the root affogare which means “to drown.” Whenever I’ve had this dessert in Italian restaurants, they usually crumble almond cookies on top to...

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Panettone French Toast

Panettone French Toast

Panettone is a sweet bread that originated in Milan. It is a standard treat enjoyed by Italians during the Christmas season. It’s wonderful on its own, with perhaps a little butter. I like to use it for a breakfast treat. If you have any leftover panettone from...

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A Christmas Message

A Christmas Message

Hello, beautiful, Congratulations for making it through this complicated and sometimes terrifying year. You made some tough adjustments along the way, and kept stepping forward despite all the obstacles put in your path this year. You managed to hold it all together,...

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Vin Brulé – A Simple Mulled Wine Recipe

Vin Brulé – A Simple Mulled Wine Recipe

This mulled wine recipe from Italy is easy and fun to make, and a great hot celebratory beverage to share with family and friends. It tastes delicious, but making it might be the best part. It’s a real crowd pleaser as you set it aflame before consuming. You can make...

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