Italy: About Mozzarella

The word mozzarella comes from the Italian verb mozzare, which describes the cutting action that occurs, for example, when curds are cut apart from curdling milk. After removed, the curds are rolled into balls, loaves, or rolls. Mozzarella is traditionally made from the milk of water buffalo, an animal believed to have been brought to Italy around the 600s, although today most mozzarella that you’ll find in the United States is made of cow’s milk.

Italy: Polenta

Over the course of the next few days, Venice, Italy will be lit with food, entertainment, culture and tradition as Italians celebrate Venice Carnival. Although most of us won’t be able to travel there, we can certainly get a taste of Italy right at home.  Here are some interesting facts about a traditional Italian dish that is tasty and easy to prepare:

Made from grain cooked in water, Polenta served as a Pre-Columbian Northern Italy staple. Sometimes made from chick-peas or chestnut grain, the porridge-like substance is also known as “Italian Grits.” READ MORE