I have to admit, I hate travelling. Even though this is important for my career and isn't even a full week, I hate leaving my wife, and leaving my son (especially when he's sick!). I don't want to sit in a hotel room most nights bored out of my wits, and I don't want to sleep alone, cause I rarely get sleep that way. I'm starting to sound like some clingy, high-maintanence girl, aren't I?
Eh, anywho, hopefully I'll have net access this week so I can write JEs and post my week 2 thoughts and week 3 football picks. If not, then you guys will know why I'm gone.
This past weekend (including Friday) was spent at my folks house, and back in Pittsburgh to celebrate my grandmother's (Marotti) 89th birthday. Was a good amount of fun, cause almost all of the Marotti family was there (including grand and great-grand children).
While I was there, my highly cultured and gourmet trained chef of an aunt (the eldest) and I talked. I asked about oregano. She says "I've been to Italy dozens of times. Only rarely will you find an odd village that actually uses the stuff. Most Italian villages use whatever grows around them for their dishes (she even talked about a village known for their lemon dishes, cause lemon trees are common there). Basil is common, oregano, however, is a greek ingredient. Oregano migrated to Italy, eventually, but is only used in Pizza sauces. Rarely will you find any traditional sauces or meals with oregano in it (except the pizza sauce I mentioned)." She went on to talk about how much northern Italy uses cream sauces, and only southern really use red sauces and stuff like that. I also learned that I shouldn't salt my sauce, but drop at least three or four anchovies in instead. They add salt + flavor that way. Can't wait to try it (but I have to do it behind my wife's back, cause she can't stand seafood).
I'd ask you how you all are doing, but I won't be able to really read and reply until late tonight. Feel free to reply... I'm sure mekka and bofh31337 will jump into the basil v oregano battle... just understand I'll be a while before I read and reply.