A Pilgrimage to The Native Land

I spent a week in southwestern Italy visiting family and divulging in the fresh, homemade ingredients Italy is known for.  Seeing family was definintly a religous and emotion experience.  Eating the food was just as emotional!

Fresh, homemade pasta from our favorite hotel/restaurant, Albergo Miramonti.  A few years ago we got to watch as the owners mother handrolled out each indiviual noodle.

Fresh, homemade pasta from our favorite hotel/restaurant, Albergo Miramonti. A few years ago we got to watch as the owners mother handrolled out each indiviual noodle.

Homemade meats from Uncle Giacamo, most commonly known as soposatta

Homemade salami meats from Uncle Giacamo, most commonly known as Sopressata

Tomoatoes on the vine at Aunt Pina's summer home in Paestum

Tomoatoes on the vine at Aunt Pina's summer home in Paestum

Hot chile peppers in the garden

Hot chile peppers in the garden

Me and Aunt Pina toasting to some  homemade limonciello!

Me and Aunt Pina toasting to some homemade limoncello!

I had such a hard time finding good figs in the city this year.  Thankfully I got some fresh from the trees!

I had such a hard time finding good figs in the city this year. Thankfully I got some fresh from the trees!

Fig and Olive Trees

Fig and Olive Trees

Baba Rum cake, a Napoleatano classic where the cake is saturated in rum!

Baba Rum cake, a Napoleatano classic where the cake is saturated in rum!

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