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Featured Ingredient – Winter Squash

One of my favorite winter vegetables has to be the simple squash which has a buttery, sweet flesh that can be cooked and used in an endless variety of...

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Cheesy Potato Broccoli Torta

We eat a lot of vegetables in my house, and my usual way to prepare them is by simply roasting the cleaned, diced vegetables in olive oil with seasonings....

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Kale, Grapefruit, & Avocado Detox Salad

There are days that come along after I have overindulged in my eating, or had a glass or two of wine, that I wake up in the morning and...

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Apple Olive Oil Cake

I am always on the lookout for new apple recipes that I can serve to our farmhouse guests since our farmhouse is called Il Casale di Mele (Mele meaning...

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Veal And Ricotta Meatballs In Spicy Tomato Sauce

Meatballs or polpettine are an Italian favorite with regional variations, but are not served with pasta in Italy as they are in the United States. Some may say that...

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Spinach Puffs

Puff pastry has become a favorite ingredient in my kitchen and I always keep a package or two in my freezer. It is very easy to use, and the...

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Creamy Baked Parmesan Polenta

A big dish of creamy polenta is the perfect choice for cold, wintery days, topped with your favorite tomato sauce or a spoonful of slow cooked stew. My family...

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Pasta al Ragu di Cinghiale

Wild boar, or cinghiale is something we enjoy often during the 6 months we spend in Umbria each year, whether it is in a stew, made into a pasta...

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Caramelized Onion, Pear & Blue Cheese Bites

I am always looking for new appetizer ideas that I can serve to our farmhouse guests at Il Casale di Mele for our complimentary Umbrian wine tastings. At our...

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Cheesy Baked Pasta With Cauliflower

I have always been a huge fan of baked pasta dishes as they are always so comforting and homey. Italian comfort food at its best! This dish starts with...