20130830-tompasta2

Pasta With Cherry Tomatoes and Herbed Ricotta

The summer is beginning to wind down, and although I will be sorry to see it go, I’m thoroughly enjoying my bounty of end-of-summer tomatoes. This time of year,...

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Olive Oil Potatoes With Roasted Garlic

I love olive oil, and since we harvest our own olives every fall, I am a very lucky cook because I have my own supply of amazing extra virgin...

Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake

Blueberry Streusel Cake

I’ve had a really busy summer season this year and the past few months have just flown by. Hard for me to believe, but it is already September and...

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Warm Goat Cheese In Tomato Sauce

This has to be one of the easiest appetizer recipes that I make, and I have yet to find anyone of any age that didn’t love it. I often...

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Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

By the time late summer rolls around every year, I find that I am making these roasted vegetables a lot. I think roasting is the absolutely best way to...

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Grilled Octopus

I learned how to make grilled octopus many years ago, after discovering it while dining along the Tuscan coast. It’s now one of my favorite seafood dishes and I...

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Truffle Hunting in Umbria with Wild Foods – A Photo Journal

For the past five years, ever since we bought our property in Umbria, we had truffle hunting on our “to do” list but just never managed to get to...

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Lavender Panna Cotta With Raspberry Cream

We do a lot of entertaining, particularly when we are here in Umbria, and when planning my menus which tend to be multi-course events, I always like to include...

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Spinach, Chicken & Cherry Tomato Flatbread

In North America, flatbreads have become very popular and are appearing on many restaurant menus as appetizers. These flatbreads consist of a very thin pizza crust, and can be...

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Farro Salad with Lentils, Beans and Oven Roasted Vegetables

After a very cool and rainy spring, we have been experiencing a scorcher of a summer here in Umbria. When temperatures reach 100 degrees in the shade, it’s very...