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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...

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Bosco di San Francesco – The Woodland Trails of Saint Frances

We have now been living in Umbria half time for the past six years and we are still finding new places to explore. Since we are not on vacation...

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Grilled Peach & Buffalo Mozzarella Salad

This is a salad that just epitomizes summer to me and shows that by choosing just a few fresh, seasonal ingredients perfectly paired, can create a memorable dish. I...

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Garden Fresh Eggplant Parmesan

I am a huge fan of really well prepared eggplant parmesan, but unfortunately much of the time when I order it out, it is quite dreadful. Many times this...

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Ricotta Peach Crumb Cake

There is nothing quite as delicious as a ripe, fragrant peach just picked at its peak. Here in Umbria in August, the market stalls are filled with these little...