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Italian Inspired Thanksgiving Vegetable Sides

Italian Inspired Thanksgiving Vegetable Sides

Planning our Thanksgiving feast is not something I take lightly, and there really are many factors to consider when creating a holiday menu. My family are traditionalists, and they really feel that Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a turkey. I tried to change things up last year and wanted to create an Umbrian menu with […] Continue reading

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Farro Pasta With In A Creamy Thyme Sauce With Mushrooms & Sausage ~ For National Pasta Day

Farro Pasta With In A Creamy Thyme Sauce With Mushrooms & Sausage ~ For National Pasta Day

The folks at Lagostina contacted me a while ago to see if I’d be interested in taking part in National Pasta Day, October 17th. They were kind enough to gift me with a gorgeous pasta pot to use to create a unique and tasty pasta dish for this celebration. I recently returned to North America […] Continue reading

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Sicilian Spaghetti Stuffed Eggplant Rollups {Involtini di Melanzane}

We just returned from ten fabulous days in France, spending half our stay in Provence, and the other half in the French Alps so my husband and his friends could climb mountains on their bikes. Now our trip to Sicily last month seems so far away… Continue reading

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Frizzone – Vegetable Stew From Emilia Romagna

I often get carried away at my local outdoor markets here in Umbria. There are only two of us at home, but I always buy enough vegetables to serve a large family for a week! This dilemma usually works out for us, as we eat the leftover vegetabl… Continue reading

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Tomato, Onion, & Gorgonzola Cheese Salad

Tomato, Onion, & Gorgonzola Cheese Salad

I love to travel around Italy, and when friends ask where else I’d like to travel in Europe, I always say I have too much to see yet in Italy before I go elsewhere. When we lived in Milan for eight years while my kids were much younger, we traveled around Europe a lot, in […] Continue reading

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Herbed Farro Polenta Topped With Veggies & Celery Leaf Pistachio Pesto

It has been an extraordinarily cool and wet May here in Italy, so instead of wanting to make my typical warm weather dishes, I am still in the kitchen making hearty soups, stews, meaty pasta dishes, and even polenta. My kids grew up enjoying a … Continue reading

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Friday Photos From Umbria ~ May 20th, 2016

Friday Photos From Umbria ~ May 20th, 2016

The Giro d’Italia came through Umbria last weekend so of course my cycling obsessed husband had to see the riders. They both arrived and departed from Foligno, which is great because they are so fast if you are watching the finish, they flash by. Even taking photos gets tricky because by the time the camera […] Continue reading

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Palermo Style Chicken Cutlets With Pistachio Caper Sauce {Cotoletta di Pollo alla Palermitana}

Palermo Style Chicken Cutlets With Pistachio Caper Sauce {Cotoletta di Pollo alla Palermitana}

We recently spent eleven days driving around the island of Sicily, and though I’ll always remember the gorgeous scenery we enjoyed from coast to coast, it is the food that impressed me. Sicilians eat well; there is no other way to say it. With fruit and vegetable stalls on every other corner, fresh seafood stores […] Continue reading

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Friday Photos From Umbria ~ April 29th, 2016

Friday Photos From Umbria ~ April 29th, 2016

We returned to Umbria this past Monday, and although it feels great to be back “home,” until today it has been very chilly and windy. Our farmhouse is made of stone, and without being heated all winter, it was often cooler inside our house than it was outside. Thankfully we have a wood burning fireplace […] Continue reading

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Focaccia Stuffed With Prosciutto Cotto, Provolone Cheese & Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

I make some type of focaccia at least once a week. My basic rosemary topped focaccia is my favorite all-round focaccia to use for sandwiches, cut into small squares to serve in place of bread, or to simply snack on, but from time to time I like… Continue reading

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Bruschetta With White Bean Puree, Olives & Fresh Thyme

We are heading back to Umbria this Sunday, and therefore, I am busy cleaning out my refrigerator, pantry, and freezer. I luckily have a few recipes completed from a few weeks ago to post, because the offerings in my fridge right now are pretty … Continue reading

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