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Roasted Butternut Squash Bruschetta with Walnuts & Sage

One of the activities that we enjoy with our farmhouse guests here in Umbria are our wine tastings. My husband picks three local Umbrian wines, and I then match...

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Roasted Butternut Squash, Ricotta, & Spinach Cannelloni

It has been a wet and rather cool summer here in Umbria that is quite different from the usual baking hot summer days that we are used to. Now...

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Peach Cantaloupe Jam

I truly enjoy creating a number of batches of different types of jams each year during our stay in Umbria. I buy the fruit from our local markets, and...

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Octopus Salad With Potatoes, Tomatoes, Olives, & Capers

If someone had told me when I was younger that octopus would become one of my favorite types of seafood, I would have thought that they were crazy. Over...

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Creamy Mushroom Risotto With Thyme & Mascarpone Cheese

Fall is a wonderful season here in Italy, and as we move away from the usual summer produce offerings, we begin to see mushrooms, pumpkins, cold weather greens, and...

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Venetian Braised Artichoke Bottoms

On our recent trip to Venice, we noticed that artichoke bottoms, or tondi di carciofi, were offered on many restaurant menus as a vegetable side dish or contorno. These...

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Crispy Fried Shrimp With Spicy Gremolata Topping

Whenever I hear of someone planning a trip to Venice, I always recommend that they take a side trip over to the island of Burano. This unique island can...

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Focaccia With Figs, Caramelized Onions, & Gorgonzola Cheese

Although it is still very early in September, fall is in the air here in Umbria. The temperatures are getting quite cool each evening, the hunters are once again...

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Fried Sardines With Parsley Caper Sauce

We just returned from a short stay in Venice, one of our favorite Italian cities. It is such a unique place, unlike any other city we have been to,...

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Whole Grain Seeded Rolls

I recently wanted to make some veggie burgers and planned to serve them on whole grain rolls. Although they do sell hamburger buns here in Italy, they are white...