Archive | May, 2011

The Island of Capri

31 May
Capri, Italy

Capri is an amazing resort island off the coast of Amalfi.  You can reach Capri only by ferry or your own boat.  Capri is known for its linen and lemons.  The town of Anacapri can be reached either by bus or claiming the 1,200 Phoenician steps that start near the Marina Grande.  The bus ride is a beautiful exciting ride.  You feel as though one wrong turn will land you in the ocean below.

Anacapri has the best shopping on the island if you’re not looking for the high-end stores.  There is also a chairlift in Anacapri that will take you to the highest point in Capri, which is a speculator view and well worth your time.

The best place to eat and lay out is in Mariana Piccola.  It’s the quieter side of Capri island and has great restaurants right on the water.  Don’t forget to have a caprese salad with every meal.  They are amazing.

Rome #2

30 May

Roma

25 May

Well, I’m the world’s worst blogger!!  It has been crazy how busy I have been since I arrived in Rome.  The travel over to Rome was a little exhausting.  I took the metro to the flyer, the flyer bus to Dulles, stop over for 4 hours in London Heathrow, then arrived in Rome, took a train to termini and a metro to my new home for the next three weeks.  I was trying to be a savvy traveler, but it was a lot of work.  With the 900lb. backpack and the 40lbs. of law school books, I am definitely going to have back problems when I’m older!

The dorms here are sparse, but just fine.  I have a great roommate who I pretty much do everything with.  It’s always better go travel around Rome and go out to eat with smaller amounts of people here.  The Italians are always telling the Americans to be more quiet and they just hate when I big group of Americans walk into their restaurant.

On Sunday, the day after I arrived I went to mass at St. Peter’s.  Then we went out to the plaza and saw the Pope.  He comes to his bedroom window and waves at a crowd of thousands of people who gather in the plaza after mass.  It was crazy.  In the crowd we did manage to spot Joe Montana and his wife!!!  You’ll see a pic of the back of his head.  That’s all I could get!

Then food here has been amazing.  I am pretty much on a carb only diet.  So, we shall see how this works out for my figure.  We walk a ton though and my roommate and I are even running!  Italians just smoke and watch us run by thinking…Americans are crazy.

Classes are interesting….and totally get in the way.  We have about a 100 pages of reading, so no they are not taking it easy on us just because we are in Rome.  I just have to wake up at about 7am to read at the bar in the morning.  And no Mom, not a real bar…it’s just what they call the cafes here!  

Make sure to check out the pics!!!

Roma 1

25 May

The Classic Spaghetti Pie

18 May
Prep Time: 30 minutes        Bake Time:  20 minutes
Oven Temp:  350                Makes 6 (the picture below serves 12)
4 ounces dried spaghetti
1 tablespoon butter
1 beaten egg
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
8 ounces ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion (1 medium)
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1 cup low-fat cottage cheese, drained
1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

1.  Cook spaghetti according to package instructions. Drain
2.  Return spaghetti to warm saucepan.  Stir butter into hot pasta until melted.  Stir in egg and parmesan cheese; set aside.
3.  Meanwhile, in a medium skillet cook ground beef, onion, sweet pepper, garlic, and fennel seeds until meat is brown and onion is tender.  Drain.  Stir in tomato sauce and oregano; heat through.
4.  Coat a 9 inch pie plate with nonstick cooking spray.  Press spaghetti mixture onto bottom and up sides of pie plate, forming a crust.  Spread cottage cheese on the top and up the sides of pasta crust.  Spread meat mixture over cottage cheese.  Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese.
5.  Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes.  To serve, cut into wedges.
Low Fat
270 calories per slice
11 grams of total fat

Spaghetti Pie
Accomplishment:  Although this looks like a big pile of cheese, this is the classic spaghetti pie.  I hadn’t eaten this dish since I was little so I thought I would try it again.  Since I’m all packed up, I have limited resources.  I didn’t have a pie dish, so I ended up doubling the dish and putting it in a standard casserole dish.  This dish was delicious and makes enough to last for almost the whole week.
Next time I’ll take a picture of a slice since this isn’t very representative of what is in the dish.
Tribulation:  I’m sure you are wondering if I’m going to be one of those bloggers that posts only one a month.  Let’s hope not.  I was busy finishing up with finals and getting ready to leave for the summer.  It’s amazing how much you have to do in order to prepare!!  I will try my best to be better from here on out.

2 days to go!!!!!