LABOR DAY – SUMMER’S OVER – BACK TO SCHOOL
Labor Day has come and gone. It was always the weekend to close up the summer cottage for the winter. All the city swimming pools, and now water parks, close down. Family August vacations are over and kids head back to school.
In Italy August is the time of the year when Italians take vacation seriously. It is understood by all that stores, boutiques, museums, and even churches may have staggered opening hours during Ferragosto, August vacation time. Some businesses, in fact, open only in the mornings, closing for the day at noon. Many do not open at all.
The vacation period coincides with the religious feast of the Assumption of Mary on August 15th. Ferragosto is further marked by a mass exodus of Italians from the cities by car – both to other locations in Italy and abroad. There are often reports of huge traffic jams on roads leading out of major cities. Because of Italy’s proximity to other European nations, Italians think nothing of taking automobile excursions with the entire family to France, Germany, Spain, Greece, Switzerland, Austria, Holland, Belgium, and the United Kingdom. All of Europe is accessible, and gasoline prices in other countries are generally below what Italians pay in Italy – therefore, the exodus. During this period, the major Italian cities are far from deserted. They are filled with tourists and students of culture and art from all over the world. The streets and museums are usually packed with first-time visitors as well as seasoned tourists returning for their second, third, or even fourth visit to this nation of diverse culture and spectacular art.
Maybe one of your kids or grandkids left for college several weeks ago. About now they are getting their first exams of the semester. Serious times! Perhaps you might want to send them a little support and “love ya” package. Read on . . .
BACK TO SCHOOL COOKIE SPECIAL
This special can be sent to your college kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, and kids of your friends who are now in college and need some hand-made cookies like mom or grandma would make if they had time. This gift is also great for teachers – and for parents who miss their son or daughter – or don’t!
The gift package contains: 1 dozen Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies, ½ dozen Orange Scented Butter Almond Cookies, and ½ dozen Anise and Almond Biscotti. That’s two dozen cookies for $20.85 plus shipping. This Back-To-School Special will run until the end of September.
Besides baking cookies Laurine and Bill spent most of the summer preparing for their youngest daughter’s wedding. Karen’s husband, Josh, is from Iowa and a great guy. They both are accountants with John Deere. The wedding dinner – a pasta buffet – was a great hit. And of course the Italian Cookies and Cannoli received rave reviews. A few days after the wedding everyone went on vacation. It was a fun month.
THIS MONTH'S COOKIE RECIPE
Now here’s something really different:
Cheddar Pine Nut Biscotti
This recipe makes about 36 biscotti.
- 1-3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
They will keep for up to two weeks.
DID YOU KNOW?
That in Italy these celebrations take place in September:
Giostra del Saracine - A historical joust held in Arezzo (Tuscany) on the first Sunday in September.
La Regatta - Held in Venice, this is the famous historical regatta on the Grand Canal.
Festa di Piedigrotta - This folk song festival is held in Naples, September 6 and 7.
Luminara di Santa Croce - This is a Feast of lights held in Lucca (Tuscany), September 13. It features religious processions
Dante Celebrations - Revenna, mid September
Festa di San Gennaro - in Naples, September 19
Till next time - have happy days.
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