A few years ago, we took a fabulous tour of Italy,
starting in Rome with an audience
with the Polish Pope, John Paul II
(us + 200 others!)
(my husband is of Polish heritage,
so this was extra special to him)
then going all the way down
the west side of the country,
we went past Anzio beach
where his older brother had landed during WWII.
Whizzing past Naples, we toured the ruins of Pompei,
(yes, we saw the *dirty pictures* on the walls)
We went to the beautiful Almafi coast,
and enjoyed Limoncello in Capri,
saw the BLUE Grotto
then motored back up to Florence
where we walked what felt like
every single mile of that beautiful city.
We also stayed in Venice, Italy
where we saw St. Marks Cathedral
and where I purchased some beautiful cutwork linens
(you can see some of them HERE)
right there, in the square.
I'm still trying to replicate their yummy pizza we ate for lunch!
Final stop was the European fashion capital of Milan
where we saw the ornate Duomo cathedral
The construction began in 1296 &
it is STILL the largest brick dome ever constructed.
We saw the world renowned La Scala opera house, too.
Throughout the trip, we enjoyed many WONDERFUL meals
but while driving between cities on the Autostrada,
we had lunch, cafeteria style,
at their rest stops where they
served the most delicious, room temperature
marinated green beans.
I have attempted, for years,
to duplicate that recipe,
to no avail but
when I tried this one by Marcella Hazen
featured at Mary's blog,
I knew I had found it!
Thank you, Mary!
I had been mistakenly using either red wine or balsamic
vinegar in my attempts. It needed the much milder
touch of white wine or champagne vinegar to
duplicate the flavors of Italy.
Occasionally, I add red, orange or yellow peppers
to the recipe for a spark of color.
Marinated Green Beans with Extra Garlic & Peppers
Printable Recipe HERE.
I'll be partying with Michael Lee at
Foodie Friday meme.
Won't you come join in the fun?
Thanks for stopping by The Gazebo House.
I sure wish we had digital cameras when we took that tour.
All my photos are stuck in albums so I had to mooch some
from the web. I have given credit to each...its the
proper thing to do when you "borrow" others photos!
Oh & since this post fits into the parameters of Donna's
Memory Lane Monday party
I'll be linking up with her, too.