Happy Carnival!! As I write this Venice is swirling, New Orleans is popping and Rio de Janeiro is chug-a-chugging to the samba beat while Milan...waits for Fat Thursday thru Saturday. Yep, Milan celebrates it's Carnival and beginning of lent a couple days later.
Evidently after Milan's long bout with the plague, Saint Ambrose, patron saint of Milan, petitioned the Pope to let Milan have some extra days of fun before succumbing to the somber rites of lent.
So, I'm still marinating my giardiniera and planning for my New Orleans Muffuletta sandwich to bring to the office pot-luck on Thursday. On "Fat Saturday" we're having 10 people over for gumbo and king cake. Stay tuned for recipes. And don't forget to do a little Carnival dancing!