One of my favorite places happens not to be in Italy (shocking!). It happens to be Chicago, Illinois. It’s where I got engaged 21 years ago and where I sometimes imagine I am living in an alternate universe. Majestic city on the shores of Lake Michigan? Yep, I can see it. In fact, I can see our house. It’s a cozy arts & crafts bungalow with leaded glass windows, lots of polished wood and a front porch (we renovated it ourselves).
Enough with the daydreaming already.
The good news is that I really will be in Chicago. Soon. This weekend ~ for the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest. This annual celebration of books and the printed word has been going on since 1985. It now features more than 200 booksellers and 200 authors, who participate in panel discussions and other programs.
Since I write about Italian food, I’ll be talking about Italian food ~ and cooking, of course. I’ll be giving a demonstration on the Good Eating Stage at 2:30 p.m. (Chicago time) on Saturday, June 8 ~ that’s TOMORROW.
I’m going to be making one of my favorite pasta dishes, Maccheroni alla Molinara, a crazy, long loopy noodle that is a specialty of the Teramo province in Abruzzo. It’s a rather dramatic production, but don’t we all need a little drama in our lives ~ and on our plates ~ now and then?
If you are lucky enough to be a Chicagoan (you’re probably living in my house!) or find yourself at the festival, I hope you will stop by to say ‘ciao’ and watch the demo. I’m scheduled to take the stage right after some guy named Rick Bayless, whoever he is. It’s going to be a great show, so I hope you’ll stick around.
Can’t wait to see you, Chicago!