zucchini

Zucchini Salad

Fresh zucchini can generally be bought year round but when the local zucchini first appear in the markets I find myself buying them often for everything from light soups,...

porcinipancettapasta

Penne Pasta With Porcini & Pancetta

We were in Florence recently and stopped off at the amazing central market there where you can find almost any Italian ingredient you could possibly want. We spied fresh...

scafata

Scafata di Fave ~ Umbrian Fava Bean Stew

Spring is just about over, and here in Umbria fava beans are not quite so plentiful as they were a month ago. I figure we will probably be able...

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Roasted Onions

This is one of those simple, easy recipes that after each time I make it I wonder why I do not do it more often! I was reminded how...

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Grilled Asparagus

I love almost any vegetable cooked on the grill, and if we are grilling meat or seafood I usually try and grill my vegetable sides as well. Asparagus is...

apricotjam

Apricot Amaretto Jam

I haven’t made apricot jam for years even though I love fresh apricots when they are in season. When it comes to jams though, I am generally a berry...

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Rustic Apple Cake With Rosemary Syrup

I have been scouting around for recipes that include apples to celebrate our farmhouse in Umbria named Il Casale di Mele. Mele of course translates as apples! My plan...

favepuree

Fava Bean Puree

I have grown to love fava beans over the years, and each spring I excitedly watch for their appearance in my local grocery stores or farmer’s markets. This year,...

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Preserved Lemons

Preserving lemons are simply a wonderful ingredient to add amazing flavor to many dishes. Lemons are preserved in salt, and left to cure. Once the curing has completed, the...

ricottapeas

Bruschetta With Ricotta, Baby Peas And Fava Bean Puree

I am continuing on my quest to create new recipes for the amazing spring vegetables I am finding at the local street markets here in Italy. I already had...