- I make spaghetti without sauce
- I make pizza without sauce
- I use fresh foods as much as possible
- I use fresh herbs when I have them, and started growing some herbs too
- I try to eat fruits and vegetables in season
- I cut back on the amount of meat I used to eat
- I use olive oil for almost every meal (Hooray for Tony Caputos in downtown Salt Lake City. I love their selection of olive oils, and they let me sample before buying.)
- I eat healthier cheeses, that are not as processed as the American cheese
Some Italian habits that still elude me:
- I need to take more time to eat, and savor my food. Meals need to be more of a celebration.
- I don't go to the market daily, due to distance and only having one car. So I go about twice a week to get the produce I need for upcoming meals.
An Italian eating habit I won't be adding to my life:
- I won't be having a breakfast of sweets like they do. In fact while in Italy, I ate breakfast at our apartment because the little cafes usually did not serve anything I could eat. Even their plain breakfast croissants were glazed with sugar. In one cafe, I requested a roll with meat and cheese for breakfast and they looked at me like I was a kook. I went with some of the interns to a cafe called "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and I gotta tell ya... I have never seen such beautiful pastries in all my life. Little delicate pieces of culinary art. Thankfully, they had some bread and cheese for the kook.