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Panettone French Toast

Panettone is a typical sweet bread of Milan, usually prepared and enjoyed for Christmas and New Year around Italy, and is in fact one of the traditional symbols of...

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Pasta With White Truffle Carbonara

We have had a busy fall here in Umbria, and have been lucky enough to have visited three white truffle festivals just this past month as Umbria takes great...

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Eggplant Parmesan Appetizer

I enjoy a well made eggplant parmesan all year round but for some reason it just isn’t a dish I make as often as I should. I had bought...

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Pear Almond Tart

I probably have mentioned a few times already that I do not “do” fancy desserts and therefore do not consider myself a “baker”. It isn’t that I CAN’T make...

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Zuppa di Ceci ~ Creamy Chickpea Soup

Ceci, also called chickpeas or garbanzo beans in North America are very popular here in Italy. Ceci are bought in the dried form and then after being soaked in...

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Porcini, Tomato & Farro Soup

We have been looking for fresh porcini mushrooms here in Umbria since the end of September with no luck, so I have been making do with frozen. They have...

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Here is another recipe that uses roasted pumpkin puree in a quick bread that is a adapted from a recipe by Alton Brown. I changed a few of the...

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Pumpkin Pear Spice Muffins

I am thoroughly enjoying the fall produce I am finding at the local street markets and in our grocery stores. Winter squash, chestnuts, mushrooms, and greens of every description...

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How To Peel A Chestnut Step By Step

Since I have been buying fresh chestnuts by the bag full lately, I have been trying out every method I could find to peel them so I could use...

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Pinzimonio

This is a wonderful appetizer or snack that is very popular in the fall here in Italy once the new olive oil has been harvested. It seems kind of...