The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare

…The weeks of Will are upon us, and here is a blog link to Vanessa’s chicken, spinach, mushroom and cream Elizabethan coffins to help wet your appetite for such fest and feast. While you’re there, click around a bit for delicious tidbits inspired by the Bard’s distant word descendants… including words of her own.

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Ah Hamlet, the tragic and doomed Prince of Denmark, whose family puts the “fun” in dysfunctional. What I always liked about Hamlet is that his twisted family dynamic makes my own family look rather normal in comparison. Or maybe it goes to show that we all have messed-up family dynamics, and sometimes, as in Hamlet’s case, we can be one of the most messed-up members within it.

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I read the play in its entirety in 11th grade Honors English class, and it also helped seeing movie versions and having those characters brought to life by various actors, but when I saw Kenneth Branagh’s opulent, glorious, 4-hour long movie, that was possibly when I fell in love with Hamlet and all his arrogant, sad, romantic pain.


He wants so much to do the right thing and avenge his father, and who can blame him?  What I could never understand was his…

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Weekend food…a recommended Italian food blog: Nonna Box

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The History of Coffee – Between Myth and Mystery

The History of Coffee - The Beginning

COFFEE LEGENDS AND HISTORY Legend has it that 1,200 years ago, Kaldi, an Abyssinian goatherd, discovered coffee berries in a forest in Ethiopia’s south-western highlands and tasted them. He loved the feel-good effect that followed & took them to a nearby monastery where he gave the head monk a handful of berries & told him about their miraculous effect. The […]

Bistecca alla Fiorentina Recipe (Florentine Steak)

Tasty Florentine Steak - Bistecca alla fiorentina recipe

Quick Navigation Bistecca Alla Fiorentina Recipe (Florentine Steak)IngredientsInstructionsPREPARE THE GRILLPREPARE THE STEAKCOOK THE BISTECCA ALLA FIORENTINANotes I have been to Tuscany several times during my childhood. However, I don’t remember much about those trips, but each time I’m Florence I remember a particular meal I had with my parents. Because it was an outstanding piece […]  (a good bunch of authentic recipes and more at the link above)

La Cucina by Lily Prior

…a rather… succulent, deeply rich, penetrating ragu (and review of La Cucina,) by V.J., something to… pour over noodles, slide inside, warm you up on a cool eve. Eating method optional.

Food In Books

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I’m not much for bodice rippers. I find them overly dramatic, unrealistic, and the writing is often just bad. But enough about 50 Shades of Grey.

That being said, I just finished Lily Prior’s La Cucina – A Novel Of Rapture, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Essentially, it’s a book about food and sex. There is some murder thrown in for good measure, a dramatic Sicilian mother, conjoined twins, a villa by the sea, a parrot, a little black pug(!), and of course, food. And sex. And a library.

You read that right. Books. Food. Sex. The (Un)Holy Trinity, at least in my world.

It’s interesting, the connections between sex and food that are found in literature, and indeed, in life. After all, food nourishes us, and sex…….well, none of us would be here without…

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Tiramisú—Origins and Variations

…marscarpone. (Weekend Food)

Life in Italy

The Italian dessert par excellence

Tiramisú (which means literally “Pick me up!”) was first created in Treviso. It all started with the “sbatudin“, a poor and energetic sweet made from egg yolk mounted with sugar, intended above all for children, the elderly, and convalescents. And I can testify to that, having grown up in that aerea, that is exactly what my mother gave me when she wanted to give me strength, or I was recovering from flu or something.

At the end of the 1960s, pastry chefs and restaurateurs from Treviso worked a really special dessert out of that “sbatudin.” The “Tiramesù‘, which was proposed for the first time in the restaurant Le Beccherie.

Tiramisú immediately became very popular, not only in the restaurants of Treviso and the Veneto region, but also beyond all Italy.

The influences: Zuppa Inglese, Custard…

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