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Raw Chopped Veggie Salad With Chickpeas

We have been working hard getting our property in shape for our first rental guests arriving this weekend, and when you are working hard, especially when you work outdoors,...

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Ricotta Gnocchi With Creamy Wild Asparagus Sauce

Spring in Umbria is a wonderful time with such seasonal vegetables as fava beans, peas, and artichokes making their way into our local produce markets. One of the most...

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Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice Loaf

There is no more comforting flavor combination than apples and cinnamon. I love baking with both, allowing the enticing aroma to weave its way throughout my house with its...

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Cabbage, Bean & Farro Soup

We returned to Umbria a week ago today to very cool temperatures, LOTS of rain, and a very cold farmhouse. When I am cold, the first thing I want...

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Featured Ingredient – Chickpeas

I recently bought a new healthy recipe cookbook titled Mindful Eating written by a famous spa and resort located in the US, and ever since I saw that title...

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Whole Wheat Pizza With Goat Cheese, Asparagus, Tomatoes & Olives

We love pizza, but usually try to restrict our love for pizza to just once a week. Friday night is “pizza night” in our house. My husband happily enjoys...

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Fried Sweet Peppers With Balsamic Vinegar

I usually have some roasted sweet peppers in my refrigerator all the time that I use as an addition to my antipasti tray, in sandwiches, or to toss into...

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Pasta alla Trapanese

I’ve seen this tasty Sicilian pasta dish with many different variations, but almost all contain almonds along with tomatoes ground into a type of pesto for the sauce. Though...

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Spinach & Rice Crustless Pie

I cook a lot of greens in my house, whether we are in Umbria or in North America, and I’m always looking for new ways to prepare them. I’ve...

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Wild Salmon Fillets With Basil Pesto & Sweet Cherry Tomatoes

In the past year, I have tried to incorporate wild salmon into our dinner menus at least once a week. As well as being delicious tasting, wild salmon is...