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Sposa Bella (Part 2) copyright art of living, PrimaMedia,Inc. 2006

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“Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty” is one of my favorite quotes by Adair Lara. It came to mind as I was in the middle of this beautiful, but? long ceremony.

Weddings in Italy or anywhere in the world? are always? a beautiful occassion- not because of the fashions or the limousines or the food but because it brings family and friends together to celebrate a happy occasion.

The ceremony had finally come to an end. It was beautiful, but ohh so long… Teh priests in Italy tend to liketo be on stage- as everyone else there. Their speech usually starts out with a wonderful message but by the time you hear the end of that message you have lost your that thought.

Outside the church doves were released into the air by my niece and nephew0 Ilaria and Alessandro (7 and 9 yrs old). This is a custom at many weddings in Italy- the releasing of doves. We took photos and caught up with friends and family we hadn’t seen for awhile and those we’d never met.

Then it was onto the reception at a vineyard and olive grove- Villa Chiara. The olive groves dotted the hills as we drove up to the Villa Chiara. Olive oil production is rampant in this area. It dates back to the ancient Romans who produced olive oil here using ancient extraction? methods.

The ancient Romans inhabited this region and then later destroyed it. But because of them its’ soil is rich for olive trees and grapes for its’ wines. From this area we get some of the most wonderful Montepulciano D’Abruzzo wines.

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A special dish from this region:

Pollo alla Lauretana (Chicken Lauretana style)

This makes 5 servings

2 lbs of boned cut up chicken (wasned and cleaned); 2 tblsps olive oil; 2 cloves garlic (whole); 1/4 cup pitted green olives;1 cup dry white wine; 1 dry small hot pepper; handful fresh rosemary;pinch of salt

Heat olive oil in frying pan, add chicken cut in pieces and saute until golden. Add salt, garlic, rosemary, hot pepper, and cover? and let cook for about 20 minutes or until chicken is done. Add in olives and cook for another 2 minutes serve immediately.

Buon Appetito!!

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