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Rose Petal & Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies

Our property in Umbria is covered in lavender beds, herb gardens, rosemary shrubs almost as tall as I am, and beds of fragrant gorgeous heirloom roses. I love using...

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Roasted Cauliflower, Dried Figs, & Hazelnut Farro Salad

In my attempt to eat healthier in 2017 as well as hopefully lose a few pounds before we head back to Italy, I have been juicing a lot and...

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Banana Bread With Dark Chocolate Chunks

When my kids were young, I was making banana muffins studded with chocolate chips every week. My son and daughter loved these moist muffins, and my son in particular,...

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Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower & Bacon Baked Shells

When it comes to comfort food, there is nothing that I find as satisfying as a big bubbly casserole of baked pasta. My husband unfortunately isn’t quite as fond...

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Roasted Butternut Squash, Carrot & Apple Soup

I am completely obsessed with this soup! I have made this soup five times so far this year, which works out to more than once a week, and I...

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Espresso Dark Chocolate Heart Cookies

Every Christmas I bake dozens of cookies, some old family favorites that my husband grew up with, others that I cherish from my childhood, and a few more that...

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Broccoli & Apple Salad

People always ask me if I only “cook Italian” in my kitchen, and I must say, that probably seventy-five percent of the time I keep an Italian kitchen. When...

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Raspberry Cake With Almond Streusel

I have been stuck on the couch the past couple of weeks after injuring my knee doing a yoga routine. (Yes yoga, pretty embarrassing, isn’t it?) This injury has...

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Wine Tasting With The Angelini Family 2017

Last Wednesday we had the privilege of hosting the Angelini family at our house for an Italian wine tasting dinner. We last hosted one of these wine dinners two...

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Italian Seafood Stew

We are just three weeks into 2017 and so far the new year has been pretty eventful for me. First I injured my left knee, so I have been...