Lake Maggiore

Lake Maggiore, Italy

As a desert dweller, I’m fond of water in any form. Which means of course I was drawn to Lake Maggiore in northern Italy. This beautiful, forty-mile-long lake has a mild, Mediterranean climate even though the northernmost end has a view of the Alps. The lake also has a number of islands and islets, several extensive, well-known botanical gardens, and of course gorgeous, Italian cuisine. 

This 6-minute video gives a good feel for Lake Maggiore. Here’s a 4-minute video featuring the CableWay of Lake Maggiore. Here’s a 9-minute personal video all about the Stresa area of Lake Maggiore.

FunFacts about Lake Maggiore, Italy: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Lake Maggiore, literally ‘Greater Lake’, or Lago Verbàno is a large lake located on the south side of the Alps. It is the second largest lake in Italy and the largest in southern Switzerland. The lake and its shoreline are divided between the Italian regions of Piedmont and Lombardy and the Swiss canton of Ticino. Located halfway between Lake Orta and Lake Lugano, Lake Maggiore extends for about 65 kilometres (40 miles) between Locarno and Arona. (Source)
  • Lake Maggiore has a mild climate in both summer and winter.
  • The region has several well-known gardens: Borromean and Brissago Islands, the Villa Taranto, and the Alpinia Botanical Garden.
  • Lake Maggiore is a very long lake, 40 miles total (65 kilometers) and has been described as ‘sinuous’ in that there is no one point where the full length of the lake can be viewed.
  • The north end of the lake is Alpine, the middle is situated between rolling hills and the southern end is part of the plain of Lombardy.
  • For the most part, the lake is only 2-3 miles wide though broader between Stresa and Palanza.
  • There are several islands in Lake Maggiore. The Borromean Islands consists of five islands, the Brissago Islands consist of three, the Castelli di Cannero is made up of three islands and finally there is the Isolino Partegora.
  • The Lake Maggiore Massacres occurred during World War II.
  • Lake Maggiore is featured in Hemingway’s novel, A Farewell To Arms.

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Spaghetti

Spaghetti

Did you grow up on spaghetti? It was a mainstay in our house when I was a child. My mother would fill her skillet with the sauce ingredients and she would simmer all this goodness for a good hour. One of my favorite things was to go into the kitchen and sample that sauce while it was cooking. Because there were six of us in the family, there was much more pasta than sauce to help make ends meet. When I grew up and made my own pasta, I couldn’t resist reversing the proportions. I wanted my pasta swimming in sauce and still do to this day. How do you like your spaghetti?

Here’s a 1-minute Gordon Ramsay video on cooking perfect pasta. This 5-minute Jamie Oliver video features his Bolognese sauce. This 5-minute video features spaghetti and meatballs in which the meatballs are poached in the sauce.

FunFacts about Spaghetti: (Source)

  • Basic Information, quote: Spaghetti is a long, thin, solid, cylindrical pasta. Spaghettoni is a thicker form of spaghetti, while capellini is a very thin spaghetti. It is a staple food of traditional Italian cuisine. Like other pasta, spaghetti is made of milled wheat and water and sometimes enriched with vitamins and minerals. Authentic Italian spaghetti is made from durum wheat semolina, but elsewhere it may be made with other kinds of flour. Typically the pasta is white because refined flour is used, but whole wheat flour may be added. (Source)
  • Some historians think the Berbers introduced pasta to Sicily.
  • Spaghetti gained popularity in the 19th century when factories started mass producing the noodles.
  • In the US, during the early 1900s, spaghetti sauce was seasoned with the readily available spices of cloves, bay leaves and garlic. It was decades  before oregano and basil were the main spices for the sauce.
  • Spaghetti can be made with a simple rolling pin and a sharp knife.
  • Creating dried pasta on machines takes some finesse. The dough can’t have any air bubbles, the machines have to be water-cooled to prevent the pasta from overheating during production, measures must be taken to keep the noodles from sticking together, and the environment can’t get too dry or the pasta becomes brittle.
  • Besides spaghetti with a tomato sauce, there is spaghetti alla carbonara and spaghetti alla amatriciana. Other spaghetti dishes include (go here for links to each of the following):
    • Spaghetti aglio e olio
    • Spaghetti alla puttanesca
    • Spaghetti alla Nerano
    • Spaghetti alle vongole
    • Spaghetti with meatballs
    • Spaghetti Bolognese

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Squash

Squash

What do butternut, zucchini, pumpkins and gourds all have in common? They’re all members of the squash family. Pumpkins are perhaps the most famous especially here in the States. The bright orange pumpkins we collect for our fall displays, or to carve for Halloween, or to help create a festive atmosphere during the U.S.’s Thanksgiving Day celebration were cultivated specifically for their color. These beauties are rejected at the door of the canning factory, however, because of a distinct lack of pumpkin flavor. The variety of shapes, sizes and textures found in the squash family is quite amazing.

This 3-minute video is a fun overview of pumpkins. Here’s a 3-minute video that shows how to cook 4 delicious butternut squash dishes. Here’s another 3-minute video showing 4 different ways to prepare stuffed spaghetti squash.

FunFacts about Squash: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Cucurbita (Latin for gourd) is a genus of herbaceous vines in the gourd family, Cucurbitaceae, also known as cucurbits, native to the Andes and Mesoamerica. Five species are grown worldwide for their edible fruit, variously known as squash, pumpkin, or gourd depending on species, variety, and local parlance, and for their seeds. Other kinds of gourd, also called bottle-gourds, are native to Africa and belong to the genus Lagenaria, which is in the same family and subfamily as Cucurbita but in a different tribe. These other gourds are used as utensils or vessels, and their young fruits are eaten much like those of Cucurbita species. (Source)
  • The squash family includes pumpkins, zucchini, gourds and those plants known specifically as squash.
  • All squash are considered fruits, though in the kitchen they are thought of as vegetables.
  • Squash are vines that can grow many meters/yards in length.
  • Pumpkins are native to the Americas.
  • The record-holding pumpkin weighed over 3000 pounds.
  • The yellow or orange flowers of the squash family come in male and female. The male produces the pollen and the female the squash fruit.
  • Most squash are a good source of vitamin A and vitamin C.
  • Many squash pollinators are specific to that type of squash.
  • Throughout the Americas, from Canada down to South America, the domestication of squash goes back 8000 years.
  • Squash is native to the New World.
  • Native Americans used pumpkin as a remedy for intestinal worms.

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Ibis

Ibis

With a goofy-looking bill, ibis or ibises, are a strong species of wetland bird. Their long legs allow them to probe the muddy banks of shallow lakes, marshes and riverbanks for crustaceans. But they will also poke around in grassy areas in search of insects. Their flocks are much appreciated in agricultural areas to help control harmful insect populations. They are a friendly bird and can adapt to urban life if their favored wetland habitats disappear or become polluted. 

Here’s a 3-minute video featuring the African sacred ibis.  This 1-minute video features a flock of American white ibises at feeding time. Here is a 1-minute video featuring the scarlet ibis. This 3-minute video, about the Australian white ibis, discusses some of the problems of decreasing wetland habitats and encroachment on urban areas. 

FunFacts about Ibis: (Source)  (Source

  • Basic Information, quote: The ibises (collective plural ibis) are a group of long-legged wading birds in the family Threskiornithidae, that inhabit wetlands, forests and plains. “Ibis” derives from the Latin and Ancient Greek word for this group of birds. It also occurs in the scientific name of the cattle egret, (Bubulcus ibis), mistakenly identified in 1757 as being the sacred ibis. (Source)
  • Ibises all have very long, downward curving bills.
  • Ibises probe mud for their preferred food like crustaceans or grassy areas for worms and insects. They are omnivores.
  • Ibises are a wading bird.
  • These birds prefer to feed as a group.
  • Ibises are highly territorial when nesting and are monogamous.
  • Most ibises nest in trees.
  • Ibises often hang out with herons and spoonbills.
  • There are 28 species of ibis.
  • The plural form is either a collective noun, ibis, or ibises.
  • Ancient Egyptians revered the African sacred ibis. In some artwork during the late Ancient Egyptian period, the god Djehuty, or Greek ‘Thoth’, was portrayed as a man with the head of an ibis in the act of writing. Thoth was responsible for mathematics, time, writing and measurement.
  • In Turkish legend, the northern bald ibis was one of the first animals Noah released from the ark.
  • The African sacred ibis is also the emblem for one of the units of the Israeli Special Forces.
  • The scarlet ibis is the national bird of Trinidad.
  • When nesting, ibis females generally lay 3 eggs. The nests are most often located in trees. Both parents incubate the eggs.
  • Ibis can live up to 15 years in the wild, but as long as 25 years in captivity.

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Sweden

Sweden

Surprisingly, the climate of Sweden is much milder than expected even though it has a northerly latitude. Sweden, like all Scandinavian countries, is located on the western coast of the continent of Eurasia. Western coasts around the world are usually warmer than their eastern counterparts. This is due to the earth’s rotation and in Sweden’s case the warming effects of the Gulf Stream. Of course, this isn’t true for the entire country since 15% of Sweden is location above the Arctic Circle. With half its landmass covered in forests, Sweden is a country of great natural beauty. To see some of its beauty, be sure to check out all three videos below.

Here is a beautiful, 4-minute video called the Sound of Sweden. Here’s a 2-minute video featuring the beauty of Sweden and a bit of Hans Zimmer music. Here’s a magical, 5-minute video also of the beauty of Sweden, but this time through all four seasons. 

FunFacts about Sweden: (Source)   

  • Basic Information, quote: Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian Nordic country in Northern Europe. It borders Norway to the west and north and Finland to the east, and is connected to Denmark in the southwest by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund, a strait at the Swedish-Danish border. At 450,295 square kilometres (173,860 sq mi), Sweden is the third-largest country in the European Union by area. Sweden has a total population of 10.2 million of which 2.4 million has a foreign background. (Source)
  • Sweden lies west of the Baltic Sea.
  • 15% of Sweden’s land mass lies north of the Arctic Circle.
  • Stockholm is the capital of Sweden.
  • The population of Sweden is around 10 million.
  • The southern part of Sweden is mostly agricultural while the north is heavily forested.
  • Sweden is a constitutional monarchy with a monarch as head of state. It is also a parliamentary democracy.
  • Germanic peoples have lived in Sweden since prehistoric times and emerged millennia later as Norsemen.
  • Sweden’s Viking Age lasted from the 8th to the 11th centuries. 
  • The Swedish Vikings were called ‘Rus’ and are believed to be the founding fathers of ‘Kievan Rus’. Ukraine, Russia and Belarus all claim the Kievan Rus as their cultural ancestors.
  • As many as a million Swedes emigrated to American during the late 1800s and early 1900s because of famine. Sweden’s population had doubled in the 100 years prior, but the state hadn’t industrialized sufficiently to meet the needs of its people.
  • Today, Sweden is the 7th richest country in the world in terms of GDP per capita (Gross Domestic Product).
  • Timber, hydro power and iron ore are the resource base for Sweden’s economy. Other important aspects of its economy include telecommunications, engineering, automotive trade, and pharmaceuticals. Sweden is the 9th largest arms exporter in the world.
  • Alfred Nobel, a Swedish chemist, businessman and philanthropist, invented dynamite and established the Nobel Prize.
  • Sweden has a choral musical tradition. Of its 10 million people, it’s estimated that half a million Swedes sing in choirs.
  • ABBA, whose name is made up of the first letter of the first names of the four-member group, is Swedish.
  • Stieg Larson, who wrote the Millennium Series of crime novels, was Swedish. He died in 2004.
  • Cinnamon rolls originated in Sweden and Denmark.

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Spinach

Spinach

Every once in a while I come across a food that has so much goodness going for it, that it’s astonishing. Spinach is one of those foods. It has iron, potassium, magnesium, vitamin K, vitamin A, folic acid, B vitamins, and lutein for eye-health. But on the negative side, spinach has an ingredient that can lead to kidney stones. So, if you’re prone to these, you might want to avoid spinach or to make sure you have it in combination with other foods, vitamins or minerals to make sure it doesn’t do harm. Check out what this doctor has to say about the pluses and minuses of spinach. Information is power.

Here’s an informative, 5-minute video on growing spinach. Here’s an excellent 9-minute recipe for a grilled chicken-spinach salad. Here’s a fab, 1-minute recipe for a simple dish of sauteed spinach and mushrooms. Sweet!

FunFacts about Spinach: (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) is an edible flowering plant in the family Amaranthaceae native to central and western Asia. Its leaves are commonly eaten as a vegetable, either fresh, frozen, canned, chipped, or dehydrated. (Source)
  • In 2016, China produced 92% of the world’s supply of spinach.
  • When allowed to flower, spinach produces small yellow flowers.
  • It’s believed that spinach originated in ancient Persia, today’s modern Iran.
  • In 827 AD, the Saracens brought spinach to Sicily.
  • One of the reasons spinach became popular was because it could be grown in early spring when other vegetables couldn’t.
  • Spinach has numerous health benefits. It can aid in helping with macular degeneration, regulating blood pressure, strengthening muscles, building bones and much more. Go here for more information.
  • There are three basic types of spinach: Savoy, which has crinkly leaves, smooth, and semi-savoy.
  • Warning: Commercially-grown spinach is often sprayed heavily with pesticides. Look for organic whenever possible.

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Lilacs

Lilacs

These tree-shrubs are a one-season bloomer and will provide a wonderful show in mid-spring. After that, the flowers die off and you have a nice, green plant for the garden. Lilacs don’t provide fall color, either. But when they bloom, they are magnificent. With the right cultivar, they are wonderfully fragrant so long as the season isn’t too damp or cold. There are some cultivars that have no fragrance at all, so if you’re after the traditional lilac scent, make sure you purchase the right plant. 

Here’s a terrific 5-minute video all about the lilac flower and shrub.  Here is a 2-minute video on the easiest way to start lilacs. Here’s a 4-minute video on making a scented lilac oil

FunFacts about Lilacs: (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Syringa (lilac) is a genus of 12 currently recognized species of flowering woody plants in the olive family (Oleaceae), native to woodland and scrub from southeastern Europe to eastern Asia, and widely and commonly cultivated in temperate areas elsewhere. The genus is most closely related to Ligustrum (privet), classified with it in Oleaceae tribus Oleeae subtribus Ligustrinae. Lilacs are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including copper underwing, scalloped oak and Svensson’s copper underwing. (Source)
  • Lilacs are considered small trees and can be anywhere from 2 to 10 metres (6 ft 7 in to 32 ft 10 in) tall. The smaller trees are referred to as shrubs.
  • The color of the lilac refers to its name and can be anywhere from a purple to a lilac. But these flowers can also be white, pale yellow, pink, and dark burgundy.
  • ‘French Lilac’ generally refers to the double-flowered cultivars.
  • The wood of the lilac is an extremely hard wood and one of the densest in Europe.
  • Lilac wood has been used for musical instruments, engravings and for knife handles.
  • Lilacs prefer well-drained, chalky soil.
  • The medium-to-dark purple lilac shrubs or trees have the most fragrance.
  • The amount of fragrance can vary by cultivar. But the weather can also impact fragrance especially if it’s too cold or too damp.
  • Lilacs are thought of as a symbol of love.

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Moose

Moose

After having researched Elk the week prior, I wanted to follow up with their cousins, the moose. Both elk and moose belong to the deer family and in Eurasia, some elk are called ‘moose’. But each is a distinct species with moose being the largest of the deer family. A bull moose can weigh 1700 pounds or more. They are a majestic animal that is generally slow-moving. But moose can be dangerous if startled and will charge when provoked. Moose are often found in lakes and rivers because as part of their diet they feed on aquatic vegetation. And of course, who can forget Rocky and Bullwinkle.

This 2-minute video, set in an Alaska suburb, shows two bulls antler-battling. This 1-minute video shows a moose shedding one of its antlers. Moose shed their antlers annually. The video has funfacts as well.  This 3-minute video shows a cow and her two calves in a backyard. The twin calves play in the sprinkler. This 5-minute video shows a moose cow caring for her very young twin calves. Here is an awesome 5-minute video of two moose feeding in a lake. The adventurers got some great footage.

FunFacts about Moose: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: The moose (North America) or elk (Eurasia), Alces alces is a member of the New World deer subfamily and is the largest and heaviest extant species in the Deer family. Moose are distinguished by the broad, palmate (open-hand shaped) antlers of the males; other members of the deer family have antlers with a dendritic (“twig-like”) configuration. Moose typically inhabit boreal forests and temperate broadleaf and mixed forests of the Northern Hemisphere in temperate to subarctic climates. (Source)
  • Over time, the moose’s range has been reduced quite a bit. But successful efforts have been made to reintroduce the species into various habitats.
  • Moose are found mainly in Canada, Alaska, New England, Fennoscandia, the Baltic states, and Russia.
  • Moose eat both land-based vegetation and aquatic.
  • The moose’s primary predators are humans, the gray wolf, and bears.
  • Moose are mostly solitary animals and don’t move in herds.
  • September and October is the mating season.
  • Both males and females call to each other during the female’s estrus. The female has a wail-like sound. The male has a very loud grunt.
  • Males will battle for a female.
  • Gestation is 8 months.
  • Twins are born frequently, up to 30-40% of all pregnancies if nutrition is good.
  • Calves spend up to 18 months with their mother.
  • Moose are not normally aggressive unless startled or challenged, then they will charge.
  • European rock drawings indicate moose have been hunted since the Stone Age.
  • Because the center mass of the moose is above the hood of most cars, collisions often crush the windshields and roofs. These collisions most often prove fatal for humans.
  • Fossil evidence indicates moose lived 2 million years ago.

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