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Italian Gelato No Cone No Cup!

Posted on Monday, July 20th, 2009

This funny looking bun on the counter is called “Brioche” and in Southern Italy it is the very best way to eat Gelato (in my opinion of course!) Leave it to the Italians to take a good thing and make it better!!

Let’s see, I will have cioccolato, nocciola and “Rocher” the name of this flavor says it all!!!

After making your selection your brioche (an egg bread that is soft and not too sweet, similar to easter bread online pokie games) will be filled with gelato and served with  a wink!

Thankfully you are furnished with a spoon… even still this is a messy endeavor but worth the effort for sure!

So you’ve caught me taking a break in beautiful Italy!  I promise I have been working as well and may offer a “sneak peek” soon…until then Buon Appetito once again!! And remember to visit for updates on the upcoming show.

p.s. Why are all these posts about food???

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Breakfast Italian Style

Posted on Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

This is a post about ricotta cheese, somewhat of a staple here in the south of Italy. Our quest for the freshest ricotta possible begins at 8 am with a drive throught the Calabrian countryside.

Cheesecake as we know it in North America has no similarity to what would be called cheesecake here…Crostata di Ricotta (cheesecake Italian style) is a wonderful desert light and simple and only one of the many things that ricotta is used for. We also know ricotta when it is added to lasagna, manicotti, or less well known is frittata di ricotta, similar to an omelet. My personal favorite “Cannoli Siciliani” Sicily’s famous cannoli that are of course filled with ricotta!
I know we have arrived when I notice the sheep  grazing on the hillsides, the cows on the other hand were happily munching on fresh hay in the stall.
In a small room, attached to the stall is a large copper pot on the boil over a gas fire. A larger basin holds the curds and whey. The curds are being made into forms of cheese that will cure over the next year. The whey is slowly added to the copper pot where the ricotta will form.
Tapping the copper pot with a wooden pole assists the ricotta to rise to the top- once the ideal temperature is reached the ricotta is skimmed off the top and put into cheese containers.
The most obscure and traditional way to eat ricotta, I assume would be foreign to most because it entails close proximity to the farm. “Ricotta con siero” is what we came for  this morning. A peasant food fondly remembered by those who grew up here. It doesn’t get any fresher than this!!
Hard bread is broken into a bowl and moistened with a generous amount of ricotta and a good amount of “siero” the liquid that remains with the production of the ricotta. I apologize for the gruel like appearance, I can assure you it tastes much better than it looks!

Another herd of sheep arrive as we eat our breakfast on the farm. Golden hillsides dotted with blooming oleander, olive trees and yellow wildflowers abound. A sight to behold, a day to remember! I took many pictures which are sure to become frescoes soon! All will be unveiled at the 20th anniversary exhibit at the Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale Arizona.
Visit again soon as my next post will be about my trip to Sicily! A presto e Buon Apetito!!
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My first blog!

Posted on Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

Ok…so i will attempt to enter the 21st century although i spend most of my time between the 12th and 14th! Michelangelo eat your heart out!! Now lets see how this all works, I will do my best to learn and post what i have been up to “between shows” Encouragement would be greatly appreciated!

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Liana Sofia Tumino

Celebrating 20 years of continued exploration and specialization in fresco painting, an ancient art that requires painting into wet plaster with pure pigment.

Works include small to medium frescoes on panels of wood, tile, stone or cement board, while larger works are detachments from wall to cloth, the result of a restoration process called “The Strappo Technique.” or Fresco detachments.

Most frescoes begin with photographs taken mostly in Southern Italy, aiming to re-live the experience and beauty of each place to evoke a sense of presence to the viewer.

Fine art collectors across the country have found immense value in the historical significance of the medium as well as it’s challenges,complexity and unique beauty.


Remodeling and Home Design

Italian Film I LOVE!

  • *Golden Door (Nuovomondo)
  • The Leopard (Gattopardo)
  • Mafioso
  • Cinema Paradiso
  • Kaos
  • Respiro
  • Life is Beautiful
  • *The Tiger and the Snow (La Tigre e la Neve)
  • Il Postino
  • The Flowers of St Francis
  • The Bicycle Thief
  • *Mid-August Lunch(Pranzo di Ferragosto)
  • Wildflower (Fiorile)
  • Quiet Chaos (Caos Calmo)
  • The Nativity Story (well not Italian but filmed in Calabria)

Blogs I LOVE

Italian Music I LOVE


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