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Strawberry Balsamic Panna Cotta

I made this creamy, smooth dessert one warm summer day and didn’t plan on posting the recipe because I was having one of those long, busy days when I...

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Pasta With Black Truffles

Umbria is famous for its black truffles, and although in general black truffles are not as highly prized as white truffles by most gourmets, they are none the less...

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Zucchini & Zucchini Flower Pizza

Although we do not have a huge vegetable garden here in Umbria, the month of July always brings a surplus of zucchini and I find myself going through my...

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Stuffed Mushrooms With Ricotta Surprise

When we have guests staying at our rental farmhouse, we offer a complimentary Umbrian wine tasting with appetizers. We usually serve three types of wine, and I create at...

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Apricot Snack Cake

Late spring in Umbria is when apricots and tart cherries can be found sold in abundance in our local markets and grocery stores. A fresh apricot that is at...

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Caramelized Onion, Fig, & Gorgonzola Bruschetta

We love to serve different types of bruschetta when we are hosting our wine tasting evenings with our farmhouse guests in Umbria, and my bruschetta selections change as the...

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Chicken With Arugula & Tomato Salad

I know I have said this many times, but I really do like poultry. I am not sure exactly why it is, but I know I could eat chicken...

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Apricot Bars

Living here in Umbria, it is impossible not to appreciate the Italian lifestyle, and one aspect of that is choosing fruits and vegetables that are fresh, local and seasonal....

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Spring Farro Salad With Peas & Fava Beans

Here in Umbria, farro is definitely a very popular grain used in soups, in salads, or even in place of rice in a risotto type of dish. During the...

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Eggplant Gratin

Although we eat a variety of different vegetables, and eat a lot of them each and every week, I will always have a special place in my heart (and...