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Taco24  (Level: 140.4 - Posts: 589)
Thu, 28th Aug '08 3:58 PM


I have an exchange student from Italy in my Euro. history class. I am seriously thinking in a few weeks (after things settle down) of asking her to make something. She is darling......

She is very happy that her host family allows her to cook pasta. Reassuring as one Italian exchange student a few years ago had host parents who NEVER cooked Italian. Instead, the poor guy asked me to bring him pasta (to class).

Anyway, she is from the North. Anyone have a favorite thing I could ask Carlota to make? (I could cyber cram it into the modem)

Summertime  (Level: 115.0 - Posts: 1122)
Thu, 28th Aug '08 6:04 PM

Italy is divided into four sections, Northern Italian, Central Italian, Southern Italian and Italian Island. I am Irish, German and Italian (Siciliano), meaning my paternal ancestry came from the Italian Island section of Sicily. Lots of dense sauces and no other regions in that section, so I am fairly savvy with that cuisine.

However, every other section, Northern, Central and Southern have multiple regions. This means the style of food normally prepared in one region can change drastically within a fifty mile radious. I cut and pasted a list of the regions in Northern Italy for you. She (until named) might really love it if you casually asked her if she had a regional cooking style she preferred, and you just reeled these off.... Then, when you have her preference, if she has one, you can surf the web for something that really speaks to you!

Believe it or not...butter is used, and not olives in the genuine dishes of the Northern section. Why? Olives trees aren't native to the North because of the cold climate of the problems with cows and goats though! So you will find most if not all of the recipes will use butter....ALOT!

Here are the regions of Northern Italy, remembering the preferences and cooking styles vary greatly. As an FYI...La Cucina is kitchen, but you probably know that with the Hispanic influence in Texas. The two languages are very close in the spelling and often pronunciation as well.
La Cucina Valdostana, La Cucina Piemontese, La Cucina Dell'Emilia Romagna, La Cucina Lombarda, La Cucina Veneta, La Cucina del Trentino Alto Adige, La Cucina Ligure, La Cucina del Friuli Venezia Giulia

PS...You can choose to omit the "La Cucina"...This could be a real kick!

Taco24  (Level: 140.4 - Posts: 589)
Thu, 28th Aug '08 6:20 PM

She is from the Turin (Torino) area, now that I remember. Would you happen to know specifically anything about that area's cooking?

Summertime  (Level: 115.0 - Posts: 1122)
Thu, 28th Aug '08 6:36 PM

Her city was the host of the 2006 Winter an experience! Okay, just checked and that is in the Piemonte region of Italy. Go to the web and surf away...again, I am not familiar with the food in that region or I would be happy to offer you a suggestion or two.

Taco24  (Level: 140.4 - Posts: 589)
Thu, 28th Aug '08 7:50 PM

I googled. Oh my-I am drooling-I just may have to adopt Carlota.

Chocolate festival

Turin's Historic Cafes

Shroud of Turin

and Leonardo's self-portrait

Historic Gelato Inn

Home of Fiat and museum

More divine chocolate

Some Piedmont specialties?

Bagna Cauda - a “hot sauce” of garlic, butter and anchovy paste that is very tasty and very traditional.
The Foods of Piedmont

grissini, yard-long breadsticks first baked in Turin in the 17th century.

Pastas are dominated by slender, hand-cut noodles called tajarin and ravioli-like envelopes called agnolotti, which take to different forms, fillings and sauces. Flatlands near the Po around Vercelli and Novara are Europe's leading suppliers of rice, notably the prized Carnaroli for risotto cooked with beans and pork as panissa or paniscia or with frogs, vegetable or meat sauces or simply with butter and shaved truffles. Polenta and potato gnocchi are favored in places, as are hearty soups, such as cisrà, with chickpeas and pork rind, and tôfeja, with beans, corn flour, vegetables and pork.

This is awesome! I am ready to travel again

Barb1111  (Level: 112.7 - Posts: 215)
Thu, 28th Aug '08 7:50 PM

Hi Summertime, my family also comes from Sicily. My paternal grandparents came from a town called Motta Camastra which is near Messina.

Chyenn  (Level: 209.4 - Posts: 1332)
Thu, 28th Aug '08 8:03 PM

During the 2006 Olympics i remember a report on 'Good Morning America' featuring the city's famous chocolate makers..

i found this link full of info about the cuisine in Turin (Torino) ---

to quote: "in Torino, food is both pleasure and cult"

Taco24  (Level: 140.4 - Posts: 589)
Fri, 29th Aug '08 5:34 AM


I saw that, and it is florious. I would give my left arm to sample that chocolate. Oh my goodness! It sounds exquisite.

Is Nutella Italian? The hazlenut flavor now makes me think so.

Bbear  (Level: 166.9 - Posts: 2297)
Fri, 29th Aug '08 4:58 PM

go on the website for andrea's restaurant in metairie, lousiana. He is from the north and his food is outstanding.

Taco24  (Level: 140.4 - Posts: 589)
Fri, 29th Aug '08 6:56 PM

Thanks, Bbear!
I looked, and drooled! Yummy! Tiramisu! Cannoli!

I showed Carlota the sites I looked at yesterday, and she was pleased as punch.

The simple things make one happy.

Summertime  (Level: 115.0 - Posts: 1122)
Wed, 10th Sep '08 1:07 AM

Hi Barb - Paternal side of family from Cefalu. Had to look at a map, but it is a coastal town right in the middle of Palermo and Messina....

Hey Susan - Anything cookin' with Carlotta?

Taco24  (Level: 140.4 - Posts: 589)
Wed, 10th Sep '08 5:51 AM

One she is acclimated with living in fumid Houston, I am going to hound her.

Taco24  (Level: 140.4 - Posts: 589)
Wed, 10th Sep '08 5:51 AM

Lordy, I am not awake. Humid Houston

Summertime  (Level: 115.0 - Posts: 1122)
Wed, 10th Sep '08 11:11 AM

Ha! You weren't as far off with your early morning typo as you may have thought Susan! Just for fun (you know how I am), I wanted to see if "fumid" was a word...anything is possible! The result?

Humidity - Water vapor in the air
Fumidity - Vaporous, smokey

See, now your "typo" doesn't have to be thought of as such! Might be fun to try on your students...."Oh, the fumidity in the air is giving me the vapors!"...

Taco24  (Level: 140.4 - Posts: 589)
Wed, 10th Sep '08 6:45 PM


Lol! I like when I find out new words. Now, if I can avois being hit by Ike, then I promise to cook those no-bake cookies. Sounds like a good excuse?

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