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An Italian Christmas

I’ve just returned from almost two weeks away visiting family up north, and now that Thanksgiving is over my thoughts are on Christmas. Of all the holidays we celebrate...

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Feast Of The Seven Fishes

Some of the most delicious traditions come from Italian homes during the holidays. Although Italians always seem to take an interest in food particularly during the numerous holidays throughout...

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Farrotto With Mushrooms

Farro is a very popular grain in Umbria and is often used in salads during warmer months, and in soups or as a side dish when the temperatures cool....

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Olive Harvest Soup ~ Zuppa Frantoiana

We have over a hundred olive trees on our property in Umbria, and one of our greatest joys, is spending three long days every fall harvesting the olives and...

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Pasta With Roasted Red Peppers & Goat Cheese

The flavor combination of roasted sweet peppers and goat cheese is one that I will never get tired of, as the sweetness of the peppers is perfectly balanced by...

Scalloped Potato Recipes

Creamy Scalloped Potatoes With Artichokes

On special occasions or holidays when I am planning my menu I often include a potato gratin, or what we call scalloped potatoes in my family. Thinly sliced peeled...

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Slow Cooked Pork Shanks With Gremolata (Stinco)

In Umbria, pork is almost always the meat of choice, and pork shanks, or stinco, are found on many restaurant menus during the cooler moths of the year. Pork...

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Grouper Puttanesca

After living in landlocked Umbria for 6 months, when we are in Florida we love to buy fresh seafood a couple of times a week for dinner. It isn’t...

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Chicken Saltimbocca

There are many variations of this Italian classic which is most often made by sautéing veal scaloppini topped with fresh sage and thin slices of prosciutto. This version uses...

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Italian Inspired Thanksgiving Vegetable Sides

Planning our Thanksgiving feast is not something I take lightly, and there really are many factors to consider when creating a holiday menu. My family are traditionalists, and they...