It's tough being a first time blogger. What on earth will I say that hasn't already been said?
First, how about a formal introduction? You know, those things we used to do face-to-face; perhaps with a bold handshake, or a blushing smile. Sound romantic? That's because it is, and so am I.
My name is Marie, and I live in the Venetian (as in Venice, Italy) countryside. I adore and use internet just like the most loyal Facebook soldier, and find myself spending more and more time in my cozy study poking away at the keyboard. Yet, with all the time I spend writing--a task I've become addicted to in the last few years--I find little else more comforting than turning the pages of a good book, or sipping a glass of red Valpolicella ripasso (ripasso for those who may not know is wine passed through and aged in at least two types of wood barrels). Preferably the sipping takes place while I'm stirring a simmering pot of radicchio risotto to win and warm the hearts and stomachs of my family. That's what I like. Simple stuff. Me, a once upon a time yuppie banker from Los Angeles, California, found love and happiness in Venice, Italy, and went from making reservations at the latest restaurants on the westside of L.A. to whipping up some of the best Italian meals on my very own kitchen stove! (Well most of the time, I still make great reservations!)
Now, the next step is up to you...anyone who finds their way to my blog...just go ahead and ask, and I will be happy to share a recipe or two; maybe even add a tale or two about what it's like for a former L.A. gal living in Venice.