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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...

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Cabbage, Bean & Farro Soup

We returned to Umbria a week ago today to very cool temperatures, LOTS of rain, and a very cold farmhouse. When I am cold, the first thing I want...

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Featured Ingredient – Chickpeas

I recently bought a new healthy recipe cookbook titled Mindful Eating written by a famous spa and resort located in the US, and ever since I saw that title...