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Lentil “Meatballs”

When one makes the move to a more plant-based diet, there are always things you are going to miss. Last year, my husband and I played around with a...

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Venice & Burano 2015 ~ A Photo Journal

We love living six months a year in Umbria for a multitude of reasons, but one of the most important assest of living in central Italy is location. We...

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Lemon Ricotta Gnocchi In Butter Thyme Sauce

When I think of lemons, I automatically think of the Amalfi coast where lemon trees thrive, producing lemons as large as a fist. I remember our first trip to...

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Friday Photos From Umbria ~ June 26th, 2015

After a fun filled eleven days, we are sorry to see my niece leave us today and head by train down to Calabria. We won’t be lonely for long...

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Negroni

The Negroni is a popular cocktail or aperitivo that originated here in Italy that combines Campari with equal parts gin and sweet vermouth and is usually enjoyed before dinner....

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Caramelized Onion, Zucchini, & Pancetta Quiche

Here in Umbria, we have three lovely hens who do their very best to gift us with fresh eggs each day. Although I try and use the eggs in...

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Friday Photos From Umbria ~ June 19th, 2015

We are now halfway through June and our time in Umbria continues to be busy, yet thoroughly enjoyable. Our niece is now visiting from Canada, and when my husband...

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Walnut Cake {Torta di Noci}

When I am in the mood, I can spend the entire day in the kitchen testing out new recipes and recreating old family favorites. It isn’t unusual for me...

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Focaccia Topped With Sagrantino Braised Onions & Taggiasca Olives

I make focaccia quite a bit, in fact almost weekly most months. It is an easy bread to make, and I like to cut it into squares to use...

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Friday Photos From Umbria {& Florence} ~ June 12th, 2015

The past week has been another busy one, and we even fit in a quick trip to Florence for lunch and shopping. One of the best things about where...