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An Italian Thanksgiving

Oh yeah, it’s that time of year again. This is my fourth Thanksgiving here in Italy and as you know Italians do not celebrate Thanksgiving, but I have turned it into my tradition that I do every year here. I celebrate this holiday as a time to be thankful for all the blessings we have. Although I am thankful everyday, I love that this day emphasizes on all that we are grateful for in our lives. Last year I hosted a large Thanksgiving dinner with our friends at the villa, Aia Vecchia, and it was a wonderful evening shared by all. It’s worth it all when I take that first bite of the meal that I worked hours preparing for. I would say this meal has got to be my “comfort food”.


Good luck trying to find a whole turkey for sale at the grocery store here in Italy until Christmas. I order my turkey from the butcher shop a week or so in advance to make sure I have one in time. The great thing about that is that I know for a fact it’s fresh and caught out in the forest from a hunter. Can’t get any fresher than that!


Butternut Squash Risotto

Rice is something I grew up eating, rice and chicken of all types, soups with rice and even desserts like warm rice pudding. Risotto was one of the first things I can say I perfected in Italian cuisine. There are so many different ways you can make risotto, you can be as creative as you wish. When I can’t think of what to make for dinner but have a lot of vegetables in the fridge, I will usually prepare a risotto. Autumn is one of my favorites season because of all the warm flavors that welcomes the it in, especially butternut squash and pumpkin. It was only a matter of time I would make a risotto with some. Delicious dinner to have, followed by a cozy cuddle by the fire with some hot cider.