Lievito Pane Degli Angeli

Lievito Pane degli Angeli means “the yeast bread of angels.” It is a leavening agent infused with (yes,gasp!) artificial vanilla. It is essentially the Italian version of baking powder, and a staple in every Italian baker’s home. Here in America, it’s a bit harder to come by. Well-stocked Italian markets will carry it, and, as

What is ”Extra Virgin?”

When I was younger, I was convinced that I wanted to live to be 100 years old. Just a few years back, I remember flipping through the channels on TV when a sound bite caught my attention: a woman half a world away proclaimed to be the oldest person ever, at 120 years old. The

Brooklyn Bites

Brooklyn. Land of the free and home of the hipsters.  Brooklyn was the perfect place to go for some Extra Virgin inspiration since it’s chockfull of quirky, organic farmers’ markets and restaurant Italian that tastes like it came from Mama Maria’s toasty kitchen.


I always wonder how Italians can eat very large twelve course meals and still manage to return to work the next day, or even, in many cases, an hour later. The answer, I found, lies in one potent pleasure: the digestivo. Italians certainly enjoy the ever-famous aperitivi before dinner. Campari, the bittersweet red beverage, goes well

Host a Pop-Up Show in your community: The Lexicon of Sustainability.

The Lexicon of Sustainability. What is it? In its simplest form it is just as it sounds. Lexicon, a web. Sustainability, loosely defined as the practice of using renewable resources in a way that does not harm or deplete them for future generations. So essentially, a movement aimed at connecting, spreading the word and truly