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Insalata di Fagiole del Purgatorio

Insalata di Fagiole del Purgatorio is simply put, white bean salad. I came across a bag of these small white beans with the unusual name that resembled the Tuscan...

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Cicerchie con Tartufo

    This is a simple yet delicious dish we often find on the antipasti table at one of our favorite local restaurants here in Umbria. The beans are...

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Italian Peasant Soup With Greens

This is really Italian country peasant cooking at it’s finest. Fresh greens from the garden are cooked up, then mixed into a delicious homemade broth to create a soup....

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Frittata Con Bietole

Although Italians generally do not eat many eggs for breakfast, they do consume eggs at other meals. A frittata is one method of preparing eggs in combination with a...

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Bietole al Saltate

Italians seem to eat a lot of different greens, and whether it be bietole (swiss chard), ciccoria (chicory or dandelions), or rapini, my favorite way to cook them is...

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Zuppa di Fagiole e Zucca

In my recent quest to create new recipes using dried beans, I had a large pot of small white beans from the Lago di Trasimeno area of Umbria cooked...

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Lentil, Sausage & Broccoli Rabe Soup

The new year is almost upon us once again, so I am yet again working hard to focus on preparing heathy, low fat dishes that taste delicious too! This...

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Mostaccioli

Mostaccioli are cookies created from a dense, honey flavored dough that encases a chocolate, almond filling. This traditional Calabrian specialty is a great addition to any cookie tray, and...

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Holiday Seafood Salad

Antipasti di Mare ~ This is a wonderful Christmas Eve appetizer but is tasty year round. This seafood salad often contains octopus as well as shrimps, scallops, and calamari,...

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Chestnut Ravioli With Brown Butter Sage Sauce

On our last trip to Italy I was amazed to see produce stands selling fresh chestnuts at every street market we came across and I vowed that as soon...