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Farro Salad with Lentils, Beans and Oven Roasted Vegetables

After a very cool and rainy spring, we have been experiencing a scorcher of a summer here in Umbria. When temperatures reach 100 degrees in the shade, it’s very...

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Summer Garden Soup With Celery Leaf Pesto

For those of you who follow my blog regularly, or get my weekly newsletters, you will know that we had an extremely cool and rainy spring here in Umbria....

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Fusilli Pasta With Herb Pesto & Shrimp for Gabe

My daughter and her family come to stay with us here in Umbria for three weeks every summer and I love sharing our Italian experience with my grandkids, and...

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Umbrian Lasagna

Rich and delicious, I find there is nothing as tempting than a dish of lasagna. I love pasta of just about any description, but if you forced me to...

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Pasta Carbonara With Asparagus & Pecorino Cheese

I enjoyed this tasty pasta dish recently when we were dining out for lunch and as soon as I tasted it I knew I had to make it myself...

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Pasta with Shrimp, Zucchini, & Cherry Tomatoes

Living in landlocked Umbria with no coastline, our seafood comes from either the lakes within our region, or it has to be brought over from either coast, about 2...

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Beer Batter Zucchini Flowers

There are times when I honestly think I grow zucchini in our garden just so I can pick fresh zucchini flowers whenever I feel the urge. Zucchini flowers are...

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Panzanella Salad with Artichokes, Black Olives, & Capers

As we move into the heart of summer and plump, juicy tomatoes begin to ripen on the vine, I start to crave Panzanella. The simple, rustic salad from central...

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Prosciutto Wrapped Stuffed Summer Figs

Produce here in Umbria tends to be very seasonal and you learn very quickly to appreciate it while you have it because all too soon it will be gone....

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Spicy Stewed Zucchini

We are in the middle of the summer season which means that we have zucchini growing like weeds in our garden. For whatever reason, zucchini is always one vegetable...