Psychiatrist Dr. Christie Mensch evaluates, diagnoses, and treats adult patients at the Wyandot Center in Kansas City, Kansas. In her free time, Dr. Christie Mensch enjoys cooking and traveling throughout Europe. She is particularly fond of the food found in the Campania region of southern Italy.
Campania is most well known around the world for its pizza and pasta made with locally grown wheat. With its fertile volcanic soil, the area is an agricultural paradise that produces a variety of vegetables and herbs, including eggplant, peppers, garlic, basil, and the world-renowned San Marzano tomato. Many of these ingredients are highlighted in popular local dishes such as cianfotta, parmigiana de melanzane, and spaghetti alla puttanesca.
In addition to wonderful produce, Campania, which runs along the Gulf of Naples and Sorrento, features cuisine that utilizes local fish and other fresh seafood, such as octopus, mussels, and clams cooked in a variety of ways. Other popular ingredients and dishes native to the area include various cheeses, cured meats, pastries, and frozen desserts.