UUUUFrom the Presidents Desk
Brothers and Sisters,
I enjoyed running my first meeting as president and hope there will be many more. We all got a chance to meet our new state representative , Paula Sasso, and welcome her to the lodge. We had a really robust discussion about possible fun ideas for the lodge.
The Italian classes are going very well . I know this first hand because I practice work home every week with one of the students. Who reminds me if she doesn't pass this class, it's on me. I may sign up myself and make it a family event.
At the October meeting we will iron out the details for our Lucias lunch. Also, we are in the process of planning a BYOB Christmas trolley tour. There are other ideas in the pipeline for the start of next year.
Since we no longer have our storage cabinet at the senior center, we are attempting a new coffee system. So, be sure to bring an extra dollar to the meeting to pay for coffee. Maria volunteered to pick it up . THANKS MARIA.
We still need to generate interest in the lodge and hopefully some fresh ideas and new events will spark some interest.
Ciao for now,
Daniele (Dan) Squeri
Home: 781-270-9868, Cell: 781-864-6514
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President: Dan Squeri
Vice President: Pat Moreno
Treasurer: Ann McGowan Financial Secretary: Joanne Margi
Recording Secretary: Lola Lombardo
Orator: Marie Patrick
Past President: Don McGowan
Trustees: Toni Faria
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UUUUArticles Of Interest
Often neglected on travel itineraries in favour
1. The food
Bologna is known as 'la dotta, la rossa e la grassa' - that's 'the educated' in a nod to its university, Europe's oldest; 'the red', in reference to the terracotta hues of its buildings and the city's historic communist leanings; and most importantly, 'the fat', in reference to the delicious food
Photo: Mike Knell/Flickr
2. Its leaning tower puts
The two towers are a symbol of the city, and the shorter of the
pair, Garisenda, leans much more dramatically than
Photo: Catherine Edwards/The Local
You can't climb Garisenda, but it costs just €3 to climb its sister tower Asinelli and get a beautiful view over the city - not to mention a great leg workout. These towers are just two left of the many that used to dot the landscape in medieval times, when rival noble families would compete to exert their dominance by building the tallest tower.
Photo: Catherine Edwards/The Local
These pretty arches that line
Photo: Enrico Strocchi/Flickr
It's well worth making the 3.8km hike along the world's longest stretch of porticoes, southwest of the city centre, which leads to the beautiful Sanctuary of the Madonna San Luca and panoramic views back over the city.
These porticoes are numbered so you can track your progress until you reach the final arch, number 666. Seems like an odd choice of number for a religious site? Apparently the architect fell out with the church halfway through the job, and this was his revenge...
4. Stunning churches
As well as the San Luca, the city centre itself boasts plenty of
impressive churches. The Chiesa della Santa has the mummified remains of Saint
Photo: Alberto Perro/Flickr
There are also the seven churches of Santo Stefano, built over a six hundred-year period in different styles and now forming one unique sprawling site. And finally, for a spectacular dining experience try Le Stanze, a restaurant in the converted chapel of a noble family.
5. It has a hidden side
At one time,
Photo: Catherine Edwards/The Local
Another place offering a glimpse of how the city used to look is Sala Borsa, the main library, where through the glass floor you can see Roman remains and even go downstairs to walk among them. There's another section of a Roman road inside a furniture shop, Roche Bobois, in the centre of the city.
6. It's perfectly placed for day trips
7. There's great art, old and new
Lots of the churches have Renaissance art on show, and the Pinacoteca Nazionale has art created in the region from 200 AD to the Baroque period. Other museums for art buffs are the Municipal Art Collections, with art from the 14th to 19th centuries, Galleria D'Arte Maggiore and modern art museum MAMbo.
There's also a thriving street art scene; you're bound to spot some examples just strolling around the centre, and the area around Porta Mascarella is another good location.
8. It's got the best university ever
No, not the
Photo: Alexandra E Rust /Flickr
9. It's not too touristy
Maybe the best reason to visit
From crystal clear
lakes to postcard-perfect villages, and castles perches on clifftops,
San Cassiano, Dolomites
Photo: Giuseppe Milo/Flickr
In winter this tiny town is a skiing paradise, in summer it's a hikers' haven - all year round, the Dolomite mountains provide an impressive backdrop to San Cassiano. The area has plenty to see, from First World War relics to well-preserved cave bear dwellings, or you can spend your days walking the aptly named 'Path of Meditation'.
Gardens of Bomarzo, Viterbo, Lazio
More commonly known as the
Val d'Orcia, Tuscany
Photo: Enrico Pighetti/Flickr
When people talk about
Cascate delle Marmore, Umbria
These are the tallest man-made waterfalls in the world, and we have the Ancient Romans to thank. The flow can be turned on and off, which usually happens at and today, and it's best to time a visit with the moment the falls are turned on. Try to catch a glimpse of the rainbow of Marmore, a phenomenon which has inspired painters and poets throughout the centuries on their Grand Tour. If the beautiful views aren't enough, the site also offers white-water rafting.
Giardino di Ninfa, Lazio
You'll need to book a guided tour to see these gardens, and opening times are somewhat limited, but it's worth making the effort. Ninfa was once a bustling medieval town, but the locals abandoned their homes after a tough few decades which brought internal struggles and a malaria outbreak. In the 1900's, the spot was rediscovered and painstakingly transformed, so that now visitors can admire plants entwined with the ruins, and cross the castle's moat to explore inside.
These cone-topped buildings are called 'trulli', and while they may look like fairy dwellings, they're used as homes, shops, and restaurants. Tourists even have the option of staying in one. They were originally built in the distinctive styles as a tax dodge, since homes made without using mortar were exempt from levies, and they're now a designated Unesco World Heritage site. While in the area, check out the Museo del Territorio, a structure made up of ten trulli which gives information on the building techniques and the history of the area.
Photo: Antonio Castagna/Flickr
The 12th-century castle, first built as a fortress, offers
beautiful views over
Civita di Bagnoregio, Lazio
This hilltop town looks spectacular at any time, but especially so when rising out of fog or early morning mist. First inhabited over 2,500 years ago, the town is now known in Italy as 'the dying town' after an earthquake caused public institutions and many residents to move out, as well as the fact that erosion of the cliff means the island is in danger of crumbling away. Today it only has around a dozen permanent residents, mostly populated by urban families who use it as a weekend getaway or tourists, but it retains an untouched, medieval feel.
Isola di Loreto, Lake Iseo
Photo: Pom Angers/Flickr
Once overlooked in favour of the larger, more glamorous lakes,
Iseo is increasingly winning popularity with visitors. Isola di Loreto,
originally a convent island, is now in private hands, so it can't be visited
but only admired from the water. However, the whole region is worth exploring
for the hills, small towns and Monte Isola,
Photo: Umberto Salvagnin/Flickr
Called 'The Rainbow Lake' in the local language, Carezza's lake was formed by a magician who threw a rainbow and jewels into the water in a bid to seduce a mermaid - or at least that's how the story goes. But the glistening colours set against a mountain backdrop will get even the most cynical wondering if the tale could be true.
Castello de Venere, Erice, Sicily
Photo: marco rubino/Depositphotos
Take the cable car up to this fortress, built 750 metres above
Photo: Carlo Columba/Flickr
There's a reason it's called the beautiful island. Isola Bella
is home to a lavish palazzo, decorated with shells, rocks and art on the
inside, and the whole thing is surrounded by magical gardens with a view across
· 2 cloves garlic
· ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
· 2 pounds fresh wild mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
· 1 tablespoon flour
· 2 sprigs fresh thyme
· 5 cups well-flavored chicken stock
· 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
· Salt to taste
1. Crush the garlic with a knife blade, and saute over medium heat in the olive oil until garlic starts to brown. Add the mushrooms, and stir until they are well coated. Saute, stirring occasionally, for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the mushrooms have released their liquid and start to brown. Sprinkle flour over the mushrooms, stir well, and cook an additional 5 minutes.
2. In a separate pot, add thyme to the chicken stock, and bring to a boil. Pour over the mushrooms and stir well. Reduce heat to low, and let the soup simmer gently for about 15 minutes. Just before serving, add pepper and salt if desired.
· 1½ cups arborio rice (risotto rice)
· 1 brown onion, diced
· 600g/20oz pumpkin, diced into 1.5cm/0.5" cubes (about 4 heaped cups)
· 2 garlic cloves, minced
· ¼ cup dry white wine (optional - but see notes)
· 3½ cups vegetable or chicken stock/broth
· 2 tbsp olive oil
· 12 sage leaves (see notes)
· 2 tbsp butter
· ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
· Black pepper
· Grated parmesan
· Finely chopped parsley
1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F.
2. Heat olive oil in ovenproof pot (preferably with a lid) over medium high heat.
3. Add garlic and onion and cook until onion is translucent.
4. Add sage leaves and cook for 1 minute.
5. Add rice and stir so all the rice grains are coated with the olive oil.
6. Add white wine and cook until the the liquid evaporates - about 1 minute.
7. Add pumpkin and stock, and bring to boil.
8. Put lid on (or cover tightly with foil) and place in oven for 25 to 35 minutes. See notes for baking time.
9. Check it at 20 minutes. The risotto is ready to come out of the oven when the rice is cooked - ideally, the rice should be a bit firm on the inside (ie. al dente), but it is very difficult to achieve that using the baking method, more likely it will be on the soft side. The rice should be very wet like porridge, not dry like a pilaff. Don't worry if there is excess liquid, it will evaporate in the next step when you stir it.
10. Add butter and parmesan cheese. Add more if you want - the more you add, the creamier the risotto will be.
11. Gently stir the risotto so that the pumpkin turns into a puree and blends into the risotto. If it's too thick then add a splash of boiled water (it means it was left in the oven for a bit too long).
12. Add salt and pepper to taste. (see notes)
13. Serve, garnished with parsley and extra parmesan if desired.
1. Sage goes very well with pumpkin, but it
is a very subtle flavour in this dish so don't worry if you don't have it. If
you have parsley, thyme or oregano, these will be a good substitute.
2. It is important to remember to season at the very end and not at the beginning as you never really know how strong the salt from the stock/broth is once absorbed into the rice.
3. Even though there is only 1½ cups of rice, this makes a lot (because of the 3 cups of pumpkin). It will feed 4 hungry people or 6 normal servings.
4. Turn this into a complete meal by adding chicken and spinach (shredded). Add the chicken when the onion is translucent and cook until white. Then follow the directions of the recipe. When you stir the butter and parmesan into the cooked risotto, add the spinach as well - you can add as much spinach as you want, but 3 packed cups is ideal. The residual heat from the risotto will wilt it quickly. You may need to add a splash of water to loosen it up a
5. In my household there is inevitably an open bottle of white wine somewhere in the fridge at all times. But for those that don't, a great tip is to freeze leftover white wine in little ziplock bags. Perfect for cooking with!
6. Baking time - if you are using a heavy cast iron casserole pot with a lid, then it will be closer to 20 - 25 minutes because it retains heat so well. If you are using a lighter weight pot covered with foil, then it will take closer to 35 to 40 minutes.
7. Wine is optional. If you don't use wine then you will need to add ¼ cup of water or stock.
LAUGH OUT LOUD!!
submitted by member
During an act by a ventriloquist, a man stood up and yelled, "Hey! You've been making enough jokes at people's expense. Cut it out!"
"Take it easy!" the ventriloquist exclaimed. "They're only jokes."
The man shouted back, "I'm not talking to you. I'm talking to that little jerk sitting on your knee!"
After finishing our Chinese food, my husband and I cracked open our fortune cookies. Mine read, “Be quiet for a little while.” His read, “Talk while you have a chance.”
Might Be The Wine Talking
A couple are sitting in their living room, sipping wine. Out of the blue, the wife says, “I love you.”
“Is that you or the wine talking?” asks the husband.
“It’s me,” says the wife. “Talking to the wine.
UUUUBaked Goods Volunteers:
The following people have volunteered to bring baked good to the next meeting:
Thank you in advance to those that have signed up, If you have not signed up yet please let us know what month you would like to contribute.
Burlington Sons of Italy
Italian classes are underway and signs ups were a great sucess. Thank you to all of those involved in getting the word out. We have extended an open invitation to our state rep. Paula Sasso to sit in on a class to see what the classes are like.
Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Robert Pustizzi on their recent marriage . Have a wonderful Honeymoon.
We have a mushroom enthusiast member in our lodge. Take a look at the most recent find from Antonio Mastracci.....what a fungi!
Upcoming Events/ Ideas
12/3 Lucia's Restaurant Christmas Dinner - To be purchased in advance.
BYOB Trolley Light Tour & Ugly Sweater Contest - Date & Cost TBA
This will be limited seating.
Blind Auction - TBD
Murder Mystery Dinner - TBD
Escape Room - TBD
Wine Tasting - Date & Time TBD
Just For Fun