Spring in Milan

Spring in Milan Jaclyn DeGiorgio A Signorina in Milan

Peonies!!

I love spring in Milan for several reasons, among which fava beans, poppies, peonies, Game of Thrones, stone fruit and faster laundry drying time rank high. I know most of these apply to anywhere in the world, however spring in Milan, though particularly special, can also be a bit stressful.

When la primavera first arrives, the weather goes from temperamental to seasonally appropriate and just when the perfect warm streak hits and you think spring is here to stay, it gets cold again. This happens multiple times with each subsequent return of the cold a little less chilly than its predecessor.

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Spring in Milan

Spring in Milan Jaclyn DeGiorgio A Signorina in Milan

Peonies!!

I love this time of year for several reasons, among which fava beans, poppies and peonies, Game of Thrones, the forthcoming arrival of stone fruit and faster laundry drying time rank high. I know most of this applies to anywhere in the world, but spring in Milan, though particularly special, can also be a bit stressful.

When la primavera first arrives, the weather goes from temperamental to seasonally appropriate and just when you think it’s here to stay, it gets cold again. This happens multiple times with each subsequent return of the cold a little less chilly than its predecessor.

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For the love of Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre travel in April

The Monterosso beach in April

My love for Cinque Terre knows no bounds and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I have an Italian friend who likes to take a dig at my admiration for these five UNESCO-protected fishing villages every chance he can get. It’s all meant in jest of course as he’s one of those Cinque-Terre-is-just-for-the-Americans Italians, and since I’m American, he finds my adoration for these enchanting seaside towns purely cliché.

When I visited this gorgeous little strip of Liguria last summer, after which I rounded-up some of the best restaurants in Cinque Terre for Food Republic, I chatted with a couple of Danes, one of whom asked me: “What is it with Cinque Terre and the Americans? We thought we found this hidden gem and then we get here and I’ve never seen so many Americans in my life.”

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Pasta Aficionada: Mafalda Corta

Mafalda Corta Pasta with Pumpkin Recipe

Mafalda Corta Pasta with Pumpkin and Fried Sage Leaves.

Before I get to mafalda corta pasta, I just have to say that I adore pasta and I couldn’t imagine omitting this considerable carb from my daily diet.  If I don’t have pasta for a few days–say, when I travel out of the country–I experience symptoms that can be likened to withdrawal  and it’s not pretty.  In fact, one of the reasons I usually opt to book an Airbnb when I’m on the road is so that I can subside any pasta pangs by preparing a plate for myself at least once–sometimes even twice–in the apartment’s kitchen.

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Three Years Living in Italy!

Jackie DeGiorgio Living in Italy Romesick & Loving It

Castello Sant’Angelo and St. Peter’s dome. Snapped this in Rome, my first day living in Italy three years ago!

Well, I have hit a living in Italy milestone: three years ago today my plane touched down in Fiumicino and I officially became an expat! It’s wild to think I’ve been living in Italy for three years.  There was a time when the very thought of calling Italy home at all seemed like it would always remain a pipe dream, so at times, I still have to pinch myself as a reminder that living in Italy is real life!  Whenever someone asks me if I believe I’ve been living in Italy for as long as I have, I always respond that some days feel like I’ve been here forever while other days, it doesn’t feel very long at all. I don’t know how to describe it, but I just feel a sense of belonging. As difficult as Italy can be at times, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Well except, maybe, for Paris. 😉

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Fifty More Shades of Red

Nars Dragon Lady Lip Pencil Red Lipstick Jackie DeGiorgio

Nars Dragon Lady Red Lipstick

So a little more than a year ago, I shared one of my guilty hoarding pleasures: red lipstick.  This should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me as I always sport a red lip, having experienced all of 2015’s highs and lows with either a sanguine smile or a florid frown.

Since I have a plethora of red lipstick from which I can choose, I held back from purchasing a slew of new shades, rendering my Yves Saint Laurent #1 Le Rouge, Christian Dior 999 and Chanel Palpitante my three most-used for the first half of 2015.

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For the love of Homemade Vegetable Broth

Homemade Vegetable Broth Recipe

Pre-broth veggies.

Nearly two years ago (I can’t believe it’s been that long), I wrote about my first-ever risotto making experience, a risotto alla Milanese. Since then–during the last year in particular–I’ve been getting my risotto on like crazy through vigorous experimentation, however I couldn’t make risotto without a key ingredient: vegetable broth. No, I don’t buy the little powdery cube things to mix with hot water, I do it the old-fashioned way: homemade.

I know I’m not the first person ever to make a vegetable broth from scratch, but I really couldn’t believe how easy it was and it’s since become something that I have taken on regularly. I make a big batch and then cook my way through the broth, one frozen tupperware container at a time. It’s also worth noting that vegetable broth is nifty to have on hand for a juice cleanse as it tends to be one of the permitted “cheating” foods. I’m just sayin’….

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