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Walnut Cake {Torta di Noci}

When I am in the mood, I can spend the entire day in the kitchen testing out new recipes and recreating old family favorites. It isn’t unusual for me...

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Focaccia Topped With Sagrantino Braised Onions & Taggiasca Olives

I make focaccia quite a bit, in fact almost weekly most months. It is an easy bread to make, and I like to cut it into squares to use...

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Friday Photos From Umbria {& Florence} ~ June 12th, 2015

The past week has been another busy one, and we even fit in a quick trip to Florence for lunch and shopping. One of the best things about where...

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Tozzetti (Umbrian Almond & Hazelnut Biscotti)

Cantucci, the twice baked Tuscan almond cookie that is best dunked into a glass of Vin Santo wine are very well known worldwide. Tozzetti, are very similar to cantucci...

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Spring Peas with Prosciutto & Onions

Growing up, I thought all peas came in a can, and I never learned to appreciate this typical spring vegetable until I was an adult. Now that I understand...

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Friday Photos From Umbria ~ June 5th, 2015

Another week has passed and the weather has been absolutely glorious here in Umbria apart from a few late afternoon thunderstorms that pass through quickly. Our vegetable garden is...

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Artichoke & Sausage Pasta

I am sad to say that artichoke season is just about over here in Umbria. In fact, although I still have artichokes growing in my garden, there was only...

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Eggplant & Potato Gnocchi With Chunky Eggplant Sauce

Since that very first bite of my Mother-In-Law’s wonderful potato gnocchi over forty years ago, I have had a love affair with gnocchi. A well-made gnocchi should be delicate...

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Friday Photos From Umbria {& Emilia Romagna} ~ May 29th, 2015

Well, last week I missed posting any photos because we were away from home visiting Emilia Romagna. It turned out to be a disappointing week because it rained so...

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Pizza With Fava Bean Pesto, Fresh Fava Beans, Black Olives & Taleggio Cheese

Last spring, soon after our arrival back in Umbria for the season, we were visiting Todi, a beautiful small town just minutes from our farmhouse. I do not remember...