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      Laura D’Amelio blogs an Italian Canadian Life

      Jun. 19, 2012

      Years ago Laura D’Amelio – born and raised in Toronto to Italian parents – applied for an Italian passport. Her application was rejected. She was both hurt and disappointed, and it got her thinking about what it means exactly to be an “Italian Canadian.” She always assumed herself “Italian” but the Italian government saw things differently.

      At the same time – well, at least for the past two years – D’Amelio started taking photographs and notes whenever her family members made traditional Italian dishes, desserts and other culinary goodies. She found herself with a huge file of photographs and anecdotes.

      Everything would come together in one single project – a blog on An Italian Canadian Life. With a tag line that reads “Tomato-growing, family-surrounded, big life and big laughs girl sorting out an Italian Canadian life,” the blog features recipes, community news, and posts on arts and culture, all with an Italian Canadian point of view.

      D’Amelio’s recipe posts are particularly popular. One of her top viewed recipes so far is for Spelt Pasta. Other recent recipes include Crostata, Papara Pasta (which calls for goose, duck and chicken eggs), and Pizza Dough.

      “My friends are happy that I am finally putting my family recipes online. But my mom insists that I not put some recipes online as they are secret,” she muses.

      Once a month D’Amelia posts an “Italian-Canadian Buzz” blog that features a collection of news and items collected from Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, blogs, and online newspapers. It’s a unique snapshot of what Italian Canadians from all walks of life are up to online.

      Creating the blog came easy to D’Amelio. She is a photographer and web & print editor and content strategist by trade. And her talents are evident in the blog. Her photographs are stunning and her posts are both professional and fun.

      “My family does a lot of traditional stuff. And I wanted to write it down,” D’Amelio explains. All great ventures start with a simple idea.

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