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Creamy Porcini Chestnut Soup

I found a recipe for a similar soup to this one in our local Umbrian newspaper recently and tore it out immediately as it combines two of my favorite...

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Mixed Wild Mushroom Pasta With Black Truffles

I love all of the flavors of fall including winter squash, fall greens such as cabbage or kale, and of course fresh mushrooms and truffles. Here in Umbria, fresh...

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Trevi Black Celery Pesto

We recently visited the small town of Trevi during their black celery and sausage festival and as well as munching on roasted chestnuts and sausage sandwiches we bought three...

peachgelee

Peach Candied Fruit Gelée

I just recently discovered a love for these delicious fruit based gel candies that are jewel colored and tender to the bite. Called pate de fruit in France, here...

bakedricotta

Baked Ricotta With Caramelized Tomato Sauce

Ricotta cheese is extremely versatile and can be used in everything from appetizers to dessert. In this appetizer recipe, I simply baked ricotta mixed with chopped herbs and some...

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Nutella Marble Pound Cake

When I joined the Nutella Challenge a few months back, I never thought it would be so easy to come up with ideas to use this popular delicious spread,...

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Chocolate Panna Cotta With Espresso Cream

Panna Cotta is Italian for “cooked cream” and is an eggless type of custard that is thickened with gelatin. I love panna cotta which is light, creamy and delicate,...

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Butternut Squash Sausage Lasagna

There is nothing as satisfying on a cool fall day than a slice of lasagna made with fresh noodles layered with creamy béchamel sauce and a delicious sausage squash...

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Fig, Apple & Walnut Pie

I was a very happy cook over the past couple of months having discovered a group of wild fig trees in the field behind our property here in Umbria....

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Nutella Mezza Lune

This recipe is a simple one that sounded great in theory but tasted even better once I actually put everything together and baked them. I decided to use a...