Nonna Wines

Benefits of drinking red wine – Italian point of view

The Fall is the season of grapes and wine: it is for this reason that this beautiful piece by Cookie Curci seems so apt to define the atmosphere of the Fall, as well as giving us some interesting info about all the goodness that can be found in a glass of red wine. Benefits of drinking red wine, Cookie says, and she is right: no one can tell you better than our elders how good…

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Italian Parsley – What you have to know about Parsley

Many years ago, I paid my Italian grandmother the last visit. On that day, she insisted I take home some seedlings from her bountiful garden: a piece of this, a smidgen of that, and a handful of her finest sunflower seeds. She searched carefully through her garden for the perfect seedlings, uprooting several oregano, chamomile, and rosemary plants, including the bitter rucola. Every plant, that is, except her bountiful Italian parsley. What to know about…

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Italian Chicken Soup Recipe – Grandma’s chicken soup

Chicken Soup The cold virus is among the world’s most prevalent wintertime diseases and its symptoms are among the most stubborn to cure. Just about all of us have suffered from the effects of a winter cold. Three-quarters of the people in the United States have at least one cold a year. See a great Italian chicken soup recipe! The remedies to treat these symptoms range from antibiotics, antihistamines, and analgesics. There are many alternative…

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Italian tomatoes – Grandma’s tomato sauce and more

Gardening hint: To keep the slugs and other pests away from young seedlings, grandma sprinkled the area around her Italian tomatoes with cayenne pepper flakes. If grandma loved garlic, then it could be said that she worshipped the tomato. Her homemade Italian tomato sauce bubbled on the stove like an eternal volcano. The familiar and mouthwatering aroma of her sauce permeated the kitchen and welcomed us to her home. There are many things that link…

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Mustard Green – What are Mustard greens?

My Italian immigrant grandparents came to the Almaden Valley during the great migration. They were prune ranchers, cherry growers, farmers, and cannery workers. The cuisine they prepared and enjoyed was essentially food grown on their land. Much of what they harvested they ate or preserved. Their favorite food, and the one they held in the highest regard, was the valley’s wild mustard greens plant that grew freely in orchards and along the hillsides. Mustard greens…

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Coffee

“Dark as the devil, hot as hell, pure as an angel, sweet as love.” Such was the respected opinion of Charles Maurice de Talleyrands when asked to describe a perfect cup of coffee. For a while, it appeared the tea bag was going to replace Coffee as America’s favorite hot brew, or at least give it a run for its money. Tea houses were springing up all over town; tea pots and tea paraphernalia were…

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