authentic italian food and more

Hosted by Letizia Tripp
Group active since Tue, Sep 25, 2012

hi welcome to my group. i am italian . was raised in ITALY , SO I WANT TO CREATE A GROUP that has real italian recipes . the way they cook in ITALY .. AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE THEIR OWN VERSION OF ITALIAN FOOD BUT IT'S NOT NECESSARLY RIGHT . ALSO I WILL HAVE OTHER FOODS IN HERE , BUT MAINLY ITALIAN .

new furniture yeahhh!

By Letizia Tripp
Jan 30, 2016
hello my friends ,
I know it's been a while since I been here ! been busy , working , still having pains .starting physical therapy this week, to see if it helps . so I been down a lot too..
finally I got new living room furniture today ! soo glad to get rid of the old couches .. it was way over due !!! just what I needed for a good lift!
I got gray leather couches ,one is a power recliner .. soo nice it ..then the set came with 2 end tables and coffee table . unfortunately the guys that delivered the furniture said they don't put the tables together .I did call the company too, I was upset , did not know this . yes they said they don't put those together .. so later today ,my brother will come and put the tables together for me .
hope everyone is doing o.k. ! have a great weekend!


By Letizia Tripp
Jan 6, 2016
here is another Italian tradition.this day in Italy is a big holiday .the last one of the's called BEFANA . this means good witch. the night before the good which flyes on a broom with a big sac and fills the kids stockings with little gifts like candies , chocolates and money ! I grew upin Italy and always had that ..exciting for the kids .

italian new year tradition

By Letizia Tripp
Jan 2, 2016
hello friends ,
hope you all had nice holidays .
really hope this year will be a much better year!
there is an Italian food tradition. on new year's eve , Italians eat the lentil soup as one of the courses. this is supposed to bring you lots of money in that year if you eat that soup.
I am the only one in my family that doesn't eat it .. I hate lentils .. haaa I am also the only one in my family that is poor! I could use some money! LOL.

happy new year

By Letizia Tripp
Dec 31, 2015
to , all my friends I wish you all a very happy and healthy new year!!!!

baking for days!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Letizia Tripp
Dec 23, 2015
OMG!!!! I am sooooooo tired!!!!!!! been baking for days.... I baked cookies ... not as many as I would have liked .. but enough to give away.. already done that and had some left for me and my family .
every year for Christmas I sell my famous rum cakes .. I been baking for days ..yesterday had a day off , and I was baking all day .. had some orders to get ready .. I had to finish baking yesterday , cause today and tomorrow I work long shifts .. I am in retail business .. very busy time of the year and we are open very late at night , .. like most store. thank GOD tonight is the last late night late . and I am working until 11:30 . way.. past my bedtime! LOL! but I am ready for Christmas!!!!!!! wish all of you a very merry Christmas and a very happy and healthy new year!!

Merry Christmas!

By Letizia Tripp
Dec 22, 2015
hello my friends .
hope everybody is happy , well and getting ready for Christmas . I have all the gifts wrapped and under the tree . I am still baking . I sell rum cakes around the holidays . I baked a lot of cakes . I also baked quite a few to give out to friends for CHRISTMAS GIFTS . everybody loves my rum cakes so all my friends are thrilled to get one .. I baked Christmas cookies . gave some out , I need to bake more today .
want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a very happy new year .

Christmas is almost here!

By Letizia Tripp
Dec 10, 2015
hello my friends ,
how is everybody doing on their Christmas list of things to do ??? are you ready for Christmas ?
I am getting there Christmas tree and decorations are up . finished and mailed all my Christmas cards . I am finally done Christmas shopping , but haven't started wrapping yet .
today I started baking cookies . I am definatelly in the Christmas spirit and I love it .


By Sharon Colyer
Nov 17, 2015
Garlic from China may be contaminated

By Linda Kauppinen
Oct 12, 2015

Believe it or not, the garlic you buy from the grocery store or is in the food you get at a restaurant is probably from China.
This is a very bad thing!

According to Epoch Times, “64,876 tons of... dried, fresh, or chilled garlic, were imported from China in 2014… About a third of the garlic in the United States comes from China.”

Our garlic isn’t coming from California anymore, it is being imported from China. Quality control is a big issue, but it pales in comparison to how and where this garlic is grown.

Many Chinese farmers use pesticides that are illegal to use for farming purposes in China. “An undercover magazine reporter investigating in the area found that many vegetable farmers used phorate and parathion, two pesticides banned by the government, to irrigate the crops to save time and effort.” (Epoch Times) Both phorate and parathion have been labeled HIGHLY TOXIC POISONS.

China’s pollution problem and soil is also a cause for concern. “An official government report in 2014 showed that nearly a fifth of China’s soil is contaminated by heavy metals like cadmium and arsenic as well as unhealthy amounts of pesticides and fertilizers. Severe pollution has tainted all of China’s major rivers with large amounts of industrial chemicals and household waste.” (Epoch Times)
How to Spot Chinese Garlic

Everyone should be worried about consuming garlic from China. It just is not safe. So when buying garlic at a grocery store, look for these things:

If it has roots and a stem, it is safe. China will cut these off before they ship them to save weight.
Safe garlic is heavier and more bulbous. Imported garlic from China is lighter.
Garlic with a richer taste is more likely from California and not imported from China. According to Food Reference, California-grown garlic measured a 40 out of 40 in brix flavor measurement while Chinese garlic only measured 28 out of 40.


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