Sicilian Sisters Travel Company!!!

Dearest Readers, Hope you are enjoying these summer months. I am so excited to share and announce that my sister and I have been quite busy the past few months with the launch of our travel company:  Sicilian Sisters Travel! We specialize in “Exquisite Dream Journeys to Sicily and Italy,” so please share this post…

Pasqua/Easter Getaways in Sicily…

I’m back from a soulful week of Easter celebrations in my hometown of Augusta, Sicily and more explorations around the Eastern coast of the island for this special Holy Week.   Easter/Pasqua is really felt and lived by all Sicilians – whether you are Catholic or not – I invite you to travel to our island…

Pasqua/Easter in cucina & in the spirit of Sicilians….

In Sicily, Pasqua/Easter coincides with the arrival of Spring/La Primavera – as tables abound with carciofi {artichokes}, asparagi {asparagus}, lamb, seppia {calamari/squid}, anchovies made in a variety of family recipes according to the exact geographical location on the island, and the family background. Dolci are purely made with ricotta, cinnamon, honey, vanilla — cassate, cassatelle,…

Genealogy Research & Journeys to Sicily & Italy

Dedico questo post a tutte le famiglie Siciliane e Italiane emigrate nel mondo.   Dedico questo post a tutti coloro che nutrono nel cuore profondo amore e orgoglio per le proprie origini e simultaneamente grande nostalgia e memorie.   Dedico questo post a chi e’ figlio di emigranti e sa che sempre sara’ accompagnato dal dilemma identitario…

Moving to Sicily: 5 essential tips

There are lessons and lessons in life.  There are those that are pure beauty and inspiration, those we must all face as growing pains, those that were totally unplanned but you were meant to face to become stronger, lastly there are those that made absolutely no sense.   Life is a journey, and if there are lessons we can…

New Blog Design & 35,000+++ readers!!!

Dearest Loyal Readers, Hope this email finds you and your families well.   On the occasion of March 8 “International Women’s Day” I am excited to announce the relaunch of my blog with a brand new, fresh and more contemporary design!  Please spend some time navigating and enjoying it.    I’m happy to share that as of today, the…

A Gastronomic Tour of Liguria!

My Papa’ is a Chef.  Before he ever considered becoming a Chef in the USA, cooking was always a part of my family’s history and home.   Papa’ is the traditionalist, Mamma the creative, I guess I consider myself “the global” mixing traditional, original flavors with worldly twists.  I know this is a natural progression in…

Portovenere & the Gulf of Poets

Lord Byron, and his fellow poets and writers, chose well.  In an attempt to escape the decadent literary era of the U.K. they found the ideal retreat for contemplation and writing in this hidden Italian gem:  the village of Portovenere, tucked secretly in the Gulf of Poets {Cinque Terre}.  Let’s be frank:  there is nothing decadent…

31,000++ readers: My Sicily giveaway celebration!!

Buonasera a tutti!! To celebrate the blog reaching 31,180 readers tonight…I’d like to offer a special “My Sicily” sale for $12.00 per copy (plus $3 shipping anywhere in the USA).  You may order online via PayPal by sending total payment of $15 to mignosafrancesca@gmail.com or mailing a check/money order to PO BOX 1053, Amherst OH 44001.   Thank you…

Casa Hemingway in Key West

A dynasty of cats welcomed me to the home of internationally acclaimed Author Ernest Hemingway on the remote island of Key West.  Literally, a dynasty of 23 polydactyl cats lounging casually and roaming around the property at leisure undisturbed by the number of passing visitors. I’ll be straight forward – for someone who’s not so fond of cats {except for newborn kittens}…

Cocina Cubana in the Florida Keys and Southern Florida

In North America, March is the prelude to Spring.  Unlike many other countries across the globe, geographically speaking this region of the world is so North that true spring blossoms and perfumes the air – if we are lucky – by mid April/early May.  When it does come, it is a true celebration of life and…