I Confess

23 06 2011

I confess, I know a bit about adultery.  My master has a little something on the side (see the “about” page on this blog).  He’s Latin, Italian to be exact, and he’s a man.  Two and two often make three: The infidel, the mistress and the wife. Reference: Silvio Berlusconi (well, in his case the sum may have been more than three.)

I can identify with straying, though I firmly believe infidelity should include no more than a cursory bark and sniff. This, by the way, does not employ tweeting, emailing or texting but the use of the eyes, the nose and the voice-box only.

Fortunately, most Latin males who stray may gain easy absolution via Catholic confession. This satisfies not only the priest’s appreciation for a bawdy story but the offender’s guilt, as well.

Would that it were so easy.

Absolution is more difficult to gain at home, I’ve found.  It is not always true that is is easier to get forgiveness than permission.

Thankfully, dogs are speechless.  Otherwise, we would perpetually be in the confessional, let alone the dog-house.

Given the propensity for adultery among Latins, one wonders why the church hasn’t gone automated WAY before now:

Note to self: Enunciation is important—in any language.


Ciao, Chow

21 06 2009

OK.  I’ve received a number of corrections since I started this blog concerning the spelling “Chow”.  People seem to think I am misspelling the word.  Hello?

Ciao!! by vinlos86

I am a dog.  I hear the language of humans through canine ears.  I am Italian, yes.  But I am a dog first. Harry Potter Dog at Barnes and Noble Cumberland by lorax_2112 Just as humans are humans first, then Italian, French, American, second.Robot Bride and Groom Wedding Cake Topper Wood Statues with Base 6 by Builders Studio

When I hear “Ciao”, it is similar to the Pavlov response…(now that was an easy experiment, no?  I mean, show a dog a treat and he drools…duh)Drooling dog by Fellowship of the Rich

To me, “Ciao” will always mean “Chow”.  And why not?

Who in this country doesn’t think about food all the time.Spaghetti & Meatballs by Sashertootie

This IS ITALY.Ciao by A Outra Voz


More on Mozzerella

14 06 2009

More mozzarella in the house this weekend.  Warm and fresh.  A little on crumbled polenta in my breakfast dish.  A nibble in the afternoon from my Contessa’s hand.

Some mozzarella facts:

Do not put fresh mozzarella made from unpasteurized buffalo milk in the refrigerator. Buffalo balls by korayatasoyIt is best at room temperature and should be eaten within two days of production. If you haven’t had mozzarella this fresh, you haven’t had true mozzarella.  Purists eat their mozzarella without accompaniment.  Caserta, Ristorante la Nuova Perla by wineprincess44

My advice: Go to Italy, Campania specifically.  Bufala mozzarella farm by stephen sommerhalter

It is mozzarella’s Mecca.

Signs for dairy outlets along the highways in the Naples area are common. Some sell excellent mozzarella. If you always want the real thing, look for caseificios bearing the Denominazione d’Origine Protetta, or DOP seal, a European Union certification that guarantees top-quality Campania mozzarella.Mozzarella di bufala DOP by Flyingmozzarella

Last year, 32,000 tons of DOP mozzarella were produced in Campania.  Only 16 percent was exported. The very finest DOP cheese never leaves the region because it is made from unpasteurized milk and has a shelf life of only a few days.

Make sure you’re eating the best.  It’s easy to spot the difference between handmade mozzarella and machine-produced cheese. Each artisanal ball has a Y-shaped flap marking the place where it was seamed by the cheese maker, or “casaro.” by winyang

Ricotta cheese is made from a milky mozzarella by product. Here in Italy, ricotta is served for dessert surrounded by honey, orange peel, cinnamon and other condiments. It’s a wonderful summer treat.ricotta pear honey tastyness by grrrlie

If you’re doing a high-protein diet (my favorite), a one-cup serving of the cheese is loaded with protein and has virtually no carbohydrates. Of course, it also has 336 calories, 220 of them from fat.  But, fat is good for the brain, no?

And eating the cheese promotes intelligence and good looks.  Just look at the Italians…

sofia_loren_pirelli by rosalia89Gina Lolabrigida sips a milkshake by Jeff Houck



5 06 2009

“People find life entirely too time-consuming.”

Stanislaw J. Lec

From the perspective of a small, Italian dog: Life is to be enjoyed, not employed.

canined english labrador retriever aggressive dog playing us nyc 030109 41 by canined.com dog picturescanined english bulldog tongue wagging dog playing us nyc 030109 18 by canined.com dog pictures

Dog Roll Study by jrubinic      Chow.

Lost in the Sauce

23 03 2009

There is a difference between pasta served in Italy, and pasta served nearly anywhere else.  Outside Italy, most pasta swims in whatever version of classic salsa or sugo, pseudo-Italians pretend to pass off as originale.

But the key to authentic Italian food is simplicity.  Kitchen sink versions of pasta sauce fly nowhere in Italy.

Italians do not lose their pasta in the sauce.

Less is always more (unless you’re talking about amore).♥Heart♥ by ♥madolina♥

Grazia was in the cucina again today.  Primavera in the kitchen: spring has sprung and heaven waits.

Penne with Rapini and Sausage, serves four humans, plus one small dog:

Trim, rinse and chop coarsely one bunch of rapini (bitter broccoli rabe), about 2+ cups.  Rapini by cococelloBlanch in salted boiling water 2-3 minutes.  Drain and rinse under cold water to stop cooking.  Pat dry with paper towels.

Uncase the meat from 2 large Italian sausages. Italian Sausage by seriouslygood1 Break up the sausage into 2 tablespoons olive oil and brown.  Drain.

Cook 1 pound penne in salted, boiling water, according to directions.  Meanwhile saute drained and dried rapini Rapini with garlic by Debbie C.B.'sin 2 cloves thinly sliced garlic and 4 tablespoons olive oil until hot.  Add browned sausage.  Drain penne and toss with rapini and sausage.  Serve with grated Parmesan cheese.

Sausage and rapini pasta by letitia & steveHappy spring.


Resolution Revolution

5 01 2009

I hear from tourists all the time that Italians really know how to live.  La Dolce Vita, Doggy Dolce Vita by Bonnie ShulmanDolce Far Niente, La dolce vita! by Xena*best friend*et cetera, et cetera, et cetera….

But does anyone who is NOT Italian really know what it means?  Probably not, for the rest of the world population of civilized, prosperous countries is too busy trying to keep their countries civilized and prosperous doing the only thing they believe is necessary to win that race: Smileys working for the man by SedanmanWork, work, and more work.

Whereas, with the fall of ambitious RomeRoman Soldier of the Betrayal by Leo Cloma, Italians fell into the blissful secret of happiness:La dolce vita by italiangerry


Don’t let life live you – live your life!


Ask any dog.  Life is supposed to be sweet….the experience is the thing, not that final moment of completion.  It’s the digging that’s the most fun.  And, when the bone is buried, we all know the time that passes until we dig it up again will be sweet in the anticipation.  Think about it over a cappuccino.La Dolce Vita by s0phi3 / a snowflake falls in may





Old Cris

24 10 2008

I love Cristoforo Columbo.  Anyone who can follow a scent across the ocean and find land is my hero.  I don’t care that he came to be known largely for things he never did.  He had courage, courage by knezevesand courage is counted as gold by any dog.

It is said that he was born sometime between August and the end of October, 1451.  I’m going with October 24, as tonight our cook, Grazia, is making Paella, and Paella reminds me of Spain, and Spain reminds me of the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa MariaThe Nina! The Pinta! The Santa Maria! by monmouthdailyphoto…I don’t know why, but there it is…

Columbo is credited by many to have

1) proved that the earth is round;

2) put the first European foot on North America;

3) been a friend of the natives of that continent.

But, hate as I do to credit the Greeks with anything, it was PythagorasPythagóras by steenjep who, in the 6th century BC came up with the theory to prove the curve of the earth.

My Foot Prints Leaving the Sunset by inneriAnd, Columbo never even set foot on North America…he only made it as far as the Caribbean Caribbean Beach by frank_berlinand South America.

Finally, if old Cris didn’t kill the Indians he met along the way, he sent them back to Spain as slaves.

So much for the Myth of Columbo…but I still love him…almost as much as I love Paella.Paella party by toyohara


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