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Brussels Sprouts Gratin

We eat a lot of Brussels sprouts in our house, and luckily they are now available in most grocery stores here in Italy from late summer on through spring....

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Pasta With End Of Harvest Roasted Green Tomato Sauce

Summer has now come and gone, and I am sad to say that after a great start at the beginning of the season, our vegetable garden dwindled down to...

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Applesauce Almond Cake

I am sitting here on the couch looking out across the lush Umbrian countryside, and I am having a very difficult time believing that tomorrow is October 1st. Where...

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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...