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Spinach Puffs

Puff pastry has become a favorite ingredient in my kitchen and I always keep a package or two in my freezer. It is very easy to use, and the...

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Creamy Baked Parmesan Polenta

A big dish of creamy polenta is the perfect choice for cold, wintery days, topped with your favorite tomato sauce or a spoonful of slow cooked stew. My family...

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Pasta al Ragu di Cinghiale

Wild boar, or cinghiale is something we enjoy often during the 6 months we spend in Umbria each year, whether it is in a stew, made into a pasta...

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Caramelized Onion, Pear & Blue Cheese Bites

I am always looking for new appetizer ideas that I can serve to our farmhouse guests at Il Casale di Mele for our complimentary Umbrian wine tastings. At our...

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Cheesy Baked Pasta With Cauliflower

I have always been a huge fan of baked pasta dishes as they are always so comforting and homey. Italian comfort food at its best! This dish starts with...

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Burrata Cheese On Toasted Bread With Anchovy & Lemon Dressing

Buffalo mozzarella and burrata are two of our favorite Italian cheeses, and when we are in Umbria six months each year, we enjoy them often. Over the past year...

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The Foods Of Love

Valentine’s Day has now become a very large, commercial affair, but it still remains a special time for us to tell those we love how important they are to...

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Dark Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Happy Valentine’s Day! I considered baking something chocolate and decadent today to celebrate this holiday, but my husband doesn’t really care for decadent desserts, and I simply do not...

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Buttery Almond Jam Bars

The holidays are now behind us, and I really had a wonderful holiday week with a houseful of family members. Nothing like 5 young grandkids running around the house...

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Pasta With Lentil Bolognese

This is a really hearty pasta dish that uses lentils in place of meat and is a great option for “meatless Monday”. I learned to love lentils after living...