applebranmuffins

Apple Bran Muffins

Although I love a great moist muffin studded with fruit and nuts for breakfast as much as the next person, when I read how many calories some of them...

raisinbreadtwo

Rustic Raisin Walnut Bread

My husband goes down to the local coffee bar in the small town closest to us every morning for an espresso, to read the daily newspapers, and to chat...

pearcrisp1

Pear Blueberry Crisp

I have said it many times, but I simply do not like making fancy desserts. I think of myself as a cook, not a baker, as baking requires an...

strawjam1

Strawberry Balsamic Jam With & Without Black Pepper

I have been thoroughly enjoying getting back into the swing of things since we returned to Umbria a couple of weeks ago and one of our favorite things to...

lasagnaprimatop

Lasagna Primavera

One thing I learned from living in Italy was to eat fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients whenever possible. In the spring, the vegetables that are plentiful and fresh at...

tomatoricottaoil1

Roasted Tomato Tart With Olive Oil Crust

I love savory tarts made with fresh seasonal vegetables but for some reason I only seem to make them during the six months we spend in Umbria each year....

farrofavesoup2

Zuppa di Farro Primavera

When I am cold, the first thing I crave is a nice bowl of hot soup, and since we arrived back in Umbria last week, I have been feeling...

lemonricottacheesecake2

Lemon Ricotta & Mascarpone Cheesecake

I love the light texture of a good ricotta cheesecake but by adding mascarpone to the mixture, the cheesecake becomes creamier while remaining very light. I made this light...

broccolipestopasta

Farfalle Pasta With Broccoli Pesto

When one sees the word “pesto” in a recipe, the usual assumption to make is that it is a basil pesto, or Pesto Genovese. In reality there are so...

strawberrymuffins2

Strawberry Orange Buttermilk Muffins

Although one might not think of muffins when one thinks of Italian baked goods, I was quite surprised last year when we were in Umbria to see real muffins...