Covid or no covid, life goes on and nothing can stop the world from turning. Proof of that is the olive harvest this month in Italy, which thankfully may be one of the better years they’ve seen recently! Lockdowns or not, olives are being harvested in most regions, from Tuscany and Umbria to southern Puglia, with their 1,000-year-old olive trees (one is pictured below!). This is a special time of year to be in Italy! In this month’s news we continue the focus on the fall harvests in Italy with olives and zucce – squash or pumpkins!

Next week is Thanksgiving and we are busy planning the special autumn dishes we make to celebrate it. While Italians don't celebrate thanksgiving, they certainly celebrate the harvest and are thankful for the season. The wide variety of winter squash that comes to market in the fall is especially welcome for the many dishes you can make with it. In the US, winter squash like acorn, butternut, delicata, and spaghetti squash are all grown as small varieties that are made to be bought whole. But in Italy, the squashes are huge and are grown to be sold in slices. If you grow a huge squash in your garden, you just slice off what you need for that meal. If you’re at the market or green grocer, they will have a humongous orange squash on the counter and will slice off however much you ask for. And at the grocery store, slices of the deepest orange squash are pre-packaged and wrapped for sale.

We’re including a photo of our friend’s squash, which she grew and sliced off enough for squash risotto!
We’re sharing our recipe for roasted root vegetables to add to your Thanksgiving dinner! Any combination of root veggies is good and a drizzle of maple syrup makes it perfect.

We are so grateful for the wonderful friends and guests that make our work so rewarding and we send our warmest wishes for a blessed and safe thanksgiving holiday
Buon appetito!
Gina and Mary