Posts Tagged "Parma"

A hunter-gatherer’s dream

Posted by on Nov 9, 2011 | 2 comments

I find it absolutely thrilling to forage for my own food. Maybe it stems from my Baltimore upbringing. In the summer months, we liked to go crabbing in the Chesapeake Bay and catch enough crustaceans for a true Maryland crab feast. We would steam the poor beasts, dump them on tables lined with yesterday’s newspapers,crack them open with wooden mallets, and eagerly pick the sweet, delicate crabmeat from the shells. The crabs were somehow more delicious when we did the crabbing and steaming ourselves. When I arrived in Italy this fall, I had dreams of mushroom hunts. I envisioned finding my...

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Prosciutto Party

Posted by on Sep 19, 2011 | 0 comments

Every September, the city of Parma sets aside an entire week and a half to celebrate one of its most cherished products, the world-renowned Prosciutto di Parma. During the festival, prosciuttifici–the factories in which the Italian ham legs are aged–open their doors to the public and offer guided tours followed by refreshments and a sampling of their delectable cured meats. Most prosciuttifici are situated in the hilly town of Langhirano, about a forty-minute drive from downtown Parma. Before the advent of air conditioning, Langhirano had an ideal climate for curing meat...

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