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Destinations, Dreams and Dogs - International adventure with a fast-track family (& dogs) of Old World values, adopting the Russian-Italian-American good life on the go…!



On Hoagies, Heroes, and Subs

The 18th century Earl of Sandwich might be turning over about now. His idea of placing a quick meal inbetween two pieces of bread has morphed many times over. In some countries, such as Russia, the “booderbrod” is what we might term an open-faced sandwich. In America, bigger is better, and the sub sandwich reigns….


Monday Mottoes – #54

Some people are active during the summer. They swim, boat, toss horseshoes, waterski, picnic and barbeque. Oh, sorry—those last two eating events snuck in there by accident. Back to bikeriding, rollerblading, skateboarding, and jogging along the beach or hiking in the hills. Me? Eh. I try to stay out of the sun by baking cookies….


The End-of-Summer Family Dinner

You may remember, we started the summer at Benedetto’s sister’s house some three hours away with a family dinner on draped tables and antique chairs sprinkled across the back lawn. By no design of our own, we ended the summer in much the same way, roasting corn and chickens on the grill, complemented by a…


On Food, Family, and Being Foreigners

If you can relate to any of the above topics, here’s a fun summer film for you. Loaded with meaning about what’s important in life, what’s worth fighting for, and what’s worth making peace for, this film will have any “foodie” smiling… and salivating… in no time. It deals with a family responding to the…


Crockpot Coq au Vin

My husband and I were raised in families that loved to read. Some family members poured over big books, others loved to leaf through catalogs and cookbooks. This proved to be a wonderful way to relax and gain inspiration. Benedetto’s interest in eating various cuisines extends to cooking the foods, as well. So, as a…


Our Dogs Send Me Selfies

Benedetto and I went out to lunch a couple of hours away for his birthday. The kids kept everything under control in our absence. We enjoyed adult conversation amongst fine linen and even finer art. Round about my husband’s key lime tart with vanilla sauce and raspberry coulis, our dogs, Misha and Grisha, started participating…


Ladies’ Night Out

I understand that guys think we talk about them, but really we don’t. Generally. Usually. When I get together with the gal-pals, we have far too much happening in our own lives to mess with theirs.  It’s a mental health thing. I sipped iced coffee while some other ladies enjoyed a light dinner. And then…


Hidden Calories, Carbs, and Craziness

We have an epidemic of fat people in America. The average citizen now weighs about 20 pounds more than 20 years ago, and if we extrapolate those figures, possibly about 40 pounds more than 40 years ago if you study the stats. Naturally, wanting to be more than a sad statistic, I am trying to…


Out to Dinner with Friends

We’re all busy. Make that crazy, crazy overworked and busy—responsibilities, obligations, deadlines, the tyrrany of the urgent. It’s a big deal when any of us can make time to exercise, or truly relax, or touch base with friends. So we got together with another couple, friends of ours for many years. It was his birthday,…


Simple Summer S’mores

No campout, no grill, but still a hankering for S’mores? It’s hard to resist those tasty graham cracker and chocolate “sandwiches” with a hot, roasted marshmallow slid inbetween layers just to melt the chocolate and add further goo to the great snack. Well, Petya has been dessert-free for some time and he decided one night…

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