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Satisfy your inner Italian…..grab a seat at the table as we share our favorite recipes, foods and musings about all food Italian!

Pasta alla Norcina

Posted by on Dec 14, 2014 in Food, Pasta, Risotto, Breads, Recipes, Regions of Italy, Umbria | 0 comments

Pasta alla Norcina

When we visited Umbria this fall, I expected the region to be a mere stepchild to Tuscany and its cosmopolitan, touristy vibe. Instead, we found a truly distinctive part of Italy, with its own unique character—and a place that includes mountains, national parks, river plains and hilltop towns. Umbria is the only region in Italy that neither borders another country nor has a coastline. As a result, the land alone and its diversity very heavily influence the cuisine. You’ll find truffles and lentils in the mountains, wheat and farro on the...

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Simply Soul Satisfying Soups for Fall

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Food, Recipes, Soups, Stews | 0 comments

Simply Soul Satisfying Soups for Fall

The simplest of meals can feed the soul. With the Thanksgiving holiday (and all its excesses) behind us, it is the simple soups of fall that I crave. A simple meaty mushroom soup or perhaps s simple pot of leftover stock with greens and eggs stirred throughout – nothing fussy yet satisfying to my very soul. These recipes will require a bit of preparation in the kitchen but nothing excessive – a bit of time washing and chopping and rolling; a bit of quiet kitchen time after the storm of the recent holiday and in advance of the onslaught of...

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Crostata di marmellata (Jam-filled crostata)

Posted by on Nov 15, 2014 in Dolci, Food, Le Marche, Recipes | 0 comments

Crostata di marmellata (Jam-filled crostata)

  Why haven’t I made this before??? Every time I’ve been to Italy, I’ve enjoyed a crostata filled with jam as part of a classic Italian breakfast. Crostata is served right alongside delicious meats, cheeses and a caffé latte in the morning. On our last trip to Italy, we stayed at a stunning agriturismo in Marche, Tenuta San Marcello. Each morning, a lovely woman named Sylvia would make a different fresh jam crostata. As we enjoyed the crostata and other breakfast items from the area, Sylvia would patiently suffer...

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A Confession and Sultry Simmering Sicilian Eggplant

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Food, Islands of Italy, Main Courses, Our 'Regione' Series, Recipes, Regions of Italy, Sicilia, Sicily, Vegetables, Side Dishes | 0 comments

A Confession and Sultry Simmering Sicilian Eggplant

I have another confession. Forget shoes. I am addicted to cookbooks. And if I must point fingers, I lay the blame solely on the doorstep of Amazon Prime. That damn ‘Buy with 1-click’ button. How my eyes twinkle knowing that my new treasures will arrive promptly in 2 days. Just as I hope to escape with perhaps only 1 new cookbook, their dastardly ‘Inspired by Your Browsing History’ section sucks me in with the thought of exciting new recipes or food photography at which to marvel…all to be ordered with the click of one very little button from...

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Finding Our Roots in Le Marche: ‘Passatelli Asciutti’ with Sausage and Tomatoes

Posted by on Nov 2, 2014 in Food, Holidays, Le Marche, Pasta, Risotto, Breads, Recipes, Regions of Italy | 2 comments

Finding Our Roots in Le Marche: ‘Passatelli Asciutti’ with Sausage and Tomatoes

Growing up, my brother and I often helped our mother make a holiday staple – ‘passatelli in brodo’ – a recipe she learned from my father’s Marchigiano family. A few times a year, the big, white passatelli pot would emerge from the cabinet. We were always eager to stand on a chair and help force the dough through the ancient meat grinder she used to form them. I now own that pot and meat grinder. Although more modern tools could more easily do the trick, I just can’t part with these icons from my childhood that never fail to bring back a flood...

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Yup, Another Kale Recipe: Sautéed Kale and Cannellini Beans with Shaved Parmigiano

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in Food, Vegetables, Side Dishes | 0 comments

Yup, Another Kale Recipe: Sautéed Kale and Cannellini Beans with Shaved Parmigiano

I know, I know – we are all sick of hearing about kale.  We all know how good the leafy, obnoxiously healthy green is for us. And you are probably reaching for the delete button right about now – but wait, hear me out.  Last night, I desperately needed a quiet mellow evening – a night to catch up on, well, er – blogging along with a chance to start sketching out the big Thanksgiving Day menu.  My comfy couch was beckoning from the living room. My boyfriend was out of town. My first thought -oooooh, I can give that...

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Eat Your Beets! Roasted Beets and Carrots with Gorgonzola and Beet Vinaigrette

Posted by on Sep 27, 2014 in Food, Recipes, Vegetables, Side Dishes | 2 comments

Eat Your Beets! Roasted Beets and Carrots with Gorgonzola and Beet Vinaigrette

Many of us grew up being forced by our well meaning parents to eat certain vegetables.  For me, this form of parental torture was evident whenever my Mom served her dark red, slippery beets. (sorry Mom!).  In the lowly beet’s defense, it packs one heck of a nutritional punch – potassium, magnesium, fiber, iron, vitamin A, B and C. And the health benefits continue – cleanses the liver, boosts your mental health, gives you energy. The ancient Romans even used them medicinally as an aphrodisiac. (Oh, those Romans are so cute.)...

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Got Tomatoes?? Fabrizia Lanza’s Beautiful Salsa Pronta

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Food, Our 'Regione' Series, Recipes, Sicilia, Vegetables, Side Dishes | 0 comments

Got Tomatoes?? Fabrizia Lanza’s Beautiful Salsa Pronta

How I love the sight of fresh picked tomatoes from my garden. It tickles me to no end to think that I grew these little treasures – absolutely one of life’s simple pleasures for me. It warms my soul through and through thinking of all the generations before me, whether in America or Italy, that tended to their gardens as I do now and how they also must have spent their hot August days surrounded in a sea of tomatoes. Ok – so I got a bit carried away again this year with the tomato plants in the garden. But I have an excuse – I just can’t kill...

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Duck Duck Risotto!

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014 in Food, Pasta, Risotto, Breads, Recipes | 0 comments

Duck Duck Risotto!

Risotto—rice cooked with broth to a creamy consistency—is a blank canvas, perfect for creating a dish that has your unique fingerprints. But with all the things I can imagine adding to risotto, I can think of nothing better than DUCK: duck legs, duck breast, and DUCK FAT! Even better than truffles or squid ink or butternut squash. Duck is slightly tricky to cook, but a classic risotto makes matters easy. Duck legs need to be cooked long and slow (think duck confit). But for duck breasts, you must slowly render out the duck fat from the skin...

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Vibrantly Tasty: Beet and Mascarpone Sorbetto

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014 in Dolci, Food, Recipes | 2 comments

Vibrantly Tasty: Beet and Mascarpone Sorbetto

The explosion of vegetables and fruits in summer never ceases to amaze me. I feel like a little kid unwrapping a present each and every time I walk into my garden or into our farm markets, stocked full of fresh brightly colored produce. I am so fortunate to live in a place where the biggest decision on a weekend is which farm-to-table dinner to attend. Tough life out here in the country. I cherish these meals for their simplicity…..small gatherings with tables beautifully yet simply draped with the season’s freshest produce interspersed with...

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