Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Good-bye Pig, Hello Sausage!

I watched fresh pork sausage being made the other day!

These are the pig's intestines.
They have been stretched out then wrapped around a hand into individual bundles.

After soaking the intestines in vinegar, they're cleaned all the way through with more vinegar.

Then a machine with a crank handle fills the intestines with ground, seasoned pork.

Finally, the intestines are tied off into sausages. I like mine grilled!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Buon Natale!

If you lived here this is what you would be getting from me for Christmas this year. FOUR different types of biscotti, a cute Christmas tree ornament and a fabulous storage jar! I don't suppose this is going to prompt anyone to move here, is it? Did I mention that I made the biscotti myself???

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Bloody Mary Sunday

Of course Bloody Marys aren't only for Sundays, it's just that it's become a ritual for me to enjoy them on Sundays. Amore always grills something over wood coals in the fireplace while I enjoy a Bloody Mary -- or two, but no more than two (I swear.) This recipe was passed on to me from my dear friend Valerie who received it from a friend of hers and now I'm sharing it with you. It's the best! I'm not including measurements because that's subjective, don't you think? I like em spicy! Not everyone does. Weenies.
I start with half a glass of crushed ice and add
Horseradish sauce
Worcester sauce
Tabasco sauce
Muddle, muddle, muddle to mix well then add
Spicy tomato juice
Healthy squeeze of fresh lemon juice
One more muddle
Top off with whole ice cubes

Note: You can also put in veggies like cocktail onions, pickled string beans or a stalk of celery as garnish. I like to just throw in a bar straw and enjoy immediately!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Holiday Spirit

Can you tell I ate five of these before I was able to snap a photo? My neighbor dropped these off for us today. How sweet, giving cookies just because. I'm making cookies also, but I'm giving them as gifts, not just because. Now I feel bad. I think it's a Catholic thing. I'm learning to get over it. I only feel a little bad.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Music Video Flashback

Paul Anka, Io ho in mente te. Or back in the states, You were on my mind.  Recognize it?

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Standing Room Only

I really should have taken a "before" picture of the legnaia, woodshed (except it's not really a woodshed, it's below the house) when it was empty. It's two rows deep to the right and three rows deep in the center and to the left. I hope it's enough wood for the winter ....