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Banana Fig Spelt Cake

During the six months that we spend in Umbria each year I bake a lot for our farmhouse guests. I prefer baking easy rustic looking cakes using seasonal ingredients...

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Pasta with Colatura di Alici {Essence of Anchovy Sauce}

I am always reading up on new cooking trends or unique ingredients, and I had bookmarked a page in a magazine last year that discussed colatura di alici, or...

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How To Make Strozzapreti Step By Step

I must admit that although I love just about any well-prepared pasta dish, I am particularly fond of  handmade artisan pasta shapes such as this one. There is just...

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Creamy, Spicy Sausage Pasta Sauce

One reason that I love serving pasta for dinner is that I can prepare a quick and easy pasta sauce in mere minutes. It is amazing to me that...

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Friday Photos From Corsica ~ September 25th, 2015

Our adventure in Corsica began last Saturday. We arrived in Corsica Saturday evening after a very long day of travel. We drove from Umbria to Livorno to take the...

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Caponata di Amalfi

I have always thought of caponata as a Sicilian dish containing eggplant, tomatoes, olives, and capers. In fact, I make my recipe for Caponata quite often as it stores...

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Gnocchi in Sagrantino Wine Sauce {Gnocchi al Sagrantino}

When it comes to enjoying food, there are few things I love more than a well prepared bowl of gnocchi. When dining out if I see gnocchi on the...

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Friday Photos From Italy ~ Venice ~ September 18th, 2015

We are now past the halfway mark in September and are counting down the weeks before we harvest our olives and leave Umbria until next spring. My Sister-In-Law has...

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Focaccia With Zucchini, Zucchini Blossoms, Ricotta Cheese & Olives

I usually plan my weekly menu around recipes that I plan to test for my blog, and in general, I try to work on new recipes at least three...

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Roasted Fennel With Onions & Guanciale {Finocchi Arrostiti}

I love fennel both raw and cooked. When enjoyed raw it has the crisp texture of celery, but with a subtle licorice flavor. When roasted, it evolves into an...