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Ciriole Pasta With Arugula Pesto

This is a quick, easy pasta dish that can be prepared from start to finish and be on the table in under 30 minutes. One of my favorite pasta...

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Arugula Pistachio Pesto

When most folks hear the word pesto, they automatically think of the Ligurian specialty made with fresh basil, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil. Although this regional specialty...

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Lemon, Olive Oil, & Rosemary Loaf

I love baking with olive oil in place of butter, particularly since we have a huge supply of our own olive oil harvested each year from the 100 olive...

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Raw Artichoke, Arugula, & Shaved Parmesan Cheese Salad

One of the highlights of our return to Umbria every spring is to be able to pick fresh artichokes and fava beans from our vegetable garden. Unfortunately, after just...

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Pasta With Sausage & Eggplant Sauce

We tend to eat a lot of sausages during our six months in Umbria every year as Umbria is famous for its pork products and they truly are delicious....

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Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin With Pancetta

When I was growing up, the three kids in my family were not terribly fond of any vegetables apart from potatoes, and one of the ways my Mother would...

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Broccoli, Pancetta & Pecorino Cheese Crustless Quiche

We have four chickens at our property here in Umbria, which usually means that we collect three or four freshly laid eggs each day. In order to keep my...

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Raw Chopped Veggie Salad With Chickpeas

We have been working hard getting our property in shape for our first rental guests arriving this weekend, and when you are working hard, especially when you work outdoors,...

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Ricotta Gnocchi With Creamy Wild Asparagus Sauce

Spring in Umbria is a wonderful time with such seasonal vegetables as fava beans, peas, and artichokes making their way into our local produce markets. One of the most...

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Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice Loaf

There is no more comforting flavor combination than apples and cinnamon. I love baking with both, allowing the enticing aroma to weave its way throughout my house with its...