My mother went on vacation to California and she brought me back a lemon. That’s it…just a lemon…nothing else. And I was happy. Very, very happy. She picked the lemon from a friend’s organic lemon tree in Berkeley, then packed it in her suitcase and schlepped it home. (I’m pretty sure she did some other stuff in between like shop and play Canasta). It was the biggest lemon I’d ever seen – it could have been a big yellow orange if oranges were yellow. As a lemon lover, I was thinking of all the great things I could make with it. Look at Mega Berkeley Lemon compared to a normal one.
The same day my mother gifted me with the oversized citrus, Domenica Marchetti’s new cookbook, Ciao Biscotti arrived and I was even happier.
Filled with both sweet and savory recipes, it’s an adorable book with easy to follow recipes and fabulous photos. Domenica is an Italian food writer and cookbook author extraordinaire. Several of her other cookbooks sit on my shelves and pages of her recipes from magazines such as Food and Wine and Fine Cooking are tucked into my recipe binder. Each recipe is authentic, well thought out and with uncomplicated instructions.
I had this enormous lemon and was ready to roll. Can you believe Domenica has three biscotti recipes with lemon? “Triple Lemon” looked like the one I was looking for and it turned out perfectly. The right amount of lemon and the exact amount of sweetness.
And since my mother didn’t bring me chocolate from a cocoa tree, nor aniseed from an anise plant (maybe on her next trip), I’ll save the Lemon and Chocolate Biscotti or the Olive Oil and Citrus Biscotti recipes for another time. But I’ll still need my mother to go to California to bring me back another lemon.
I’m not just enthusiastic about travel—I live travel, each and every day. From plotting out my clients’ next great escape, to logging airmiles on my own adventures (I always have a suitcase packed and at the ready!), travel drives me in everything I do.
I’ve learned a few things along the way, and I’d love to share them with you. Learn a bit more about my journey to founding my own travel agency—it involves quite a few glasses of Italian wine!
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