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Summer Market Bounty

There is nothing more inspiring to an Italian cook than to walk through a market in the summer, packed full of the season”s freshest produce. Since Italian cuisine essentially...

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The Tantalizing Tomato

If one fresh ingredient were considered to be the very emblem of summer it would have to be the tomato. As the warm weather approaches, we begin to dream...

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Cucina Povera

I ordered this book myself while we were still in Umbria, and then the author Pamela Sheldon Johns had her publisher send me a copy to review as well....

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How To Make Ricotta Gnocchi Step By Step

Gnocchi is one of my hands down favorite Italian dishes and if I see it on a restaurant menu here in Italy and find out it is made “in...

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Fresh Fig Mascarpone Gelato

September was a really busy month for me as our farmhouse rental was fully booked, we were harvesting the last of our garden vegetables and I was preserving and...

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Pasta With Onions & Guanciale

We have just two weeks before we leave Umbria and our season here is over for yet another year. As we begin to close things up, I am doing...

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Eggplant Steaks With Tomato Salad

I love eggplant of any shape, color, or size, and in fact I have many, many recipes that feature eggplant as the main ingredient. This summer I fell in...

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Pear Spice Cake

Here is yet another one of my favorite rustic types of cake. It is easy to assemble, doesn’t require any fussing, and is great either for breakfast, as a...

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The Italian Country Table

This latest cookbook written by Maxine Clark is called The Italian Country Table – Simple Recipes for Trattoria Classics. I already have a couple of cookbooks written by Maxine...

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My Calabria

I bought this cookbook in December of 2010 written by Rosetta Constantino and have used it often ever since. My husband’s father comes from Calabria, so we were familiar...