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Mixed Green & Wax Beans With Onions & Peppers

I just picked the first of our beans in the garden yesterday and to celebrate I wanted to do something special with them for dinner. My first picking was...

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Three Tomato Farrotto With Basil Pesto

Our garden is flourishing this year and the tomatoes in particular are doing really well. I have been picking fresh, ripe tomatoes for a couple of weeks already and...

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Chianti – Cecchini, Cashmere Goats, & Cinta Senese Pigs

Although Umbria has many fun activities and day trips within its borders, this year when my daughter and her family visited we decided to venture over to Tuscany to...

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Blood Orange Ricotta Cheese Muffins

I did quite a bit of baking the past few weeks feeding my family who were visiting us here in Umbria for their yearly vacation. Although we reserve our...

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Italian Chopped Salad With Farro & Chickpeas

Our family is visiting us here in Umbria right now which means I have a number of hungry folks to prepare meals for every day. Although the kids do...

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Family Truffle Hunt 2014 – A Photo Journal

Our daughter and her family are presently here visiting us in Umbria, and although we planned a number of fun day trips along with a couple overnight excursions for...

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Grilled Panzanella Salad

Panzanella is simply a salad that incorporates bread along with a mix of fresh vegetables. Although panzanella is Tuscan in origin, I have enjoyed it in many forms in...

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Pasta With Pistachio Pesto, Cherry Tomatoes & Clams

I am really having fun this year creating unique pesto sauces using a variety of different ingredients. I have made pesto sauces using different greens such as arugula and...

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L’infiorate di Spello 2014 Photo Journal

One of my favorite experiences each year takes place in Spello on Corpus Domini (Corpus Christi) when the entire small town is carpeted in flowers in a celebration called...

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Cherry Nut Cake With Mascarpone Whipped Cream

I have been having really good success baking with different whole grain flours lately and I have developed a preference for the unique texture and nutty flavor I get...