Our Prosecco Road Adventure 2019

Since we spend a total of around six months total time in Italy each year, we like to take a few trips from our home base here in Umbria and explore other regions of Italy as much as we can. Last month we spent a wonderful five days in Puglia with family, and just last […]

Rustic Jam Crumb Cake

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I do not consider myself a baker. I do however consider myself a good home cook and have worked hard for many years to develop my skills in the kitchen. On the other hand, I do not enjoy baking enough to spend the time it takes learning […]

How To Make Stay Green Basil Pesto

Basil has to be hands down my favorite Italian herb, and we always plant it in pots or in our veggie garden each spring so I can enjoy fresh basil to use in my kitchen right through to the first hard frost. We returned home in Umbria last Tuesday, and after being away for a […]

Charred Summer Squash Salad

As suumer turns to fall, we start to see a change in the produce offered in our local outdoor markets. Though we still have the usual summer fruits and vegetables available, fall favorites such as greens and winter squash are just starting to make an appearance. Although I am looking forward to enjo

Romanesco Cauliflower

As we move closer to fall, we begin to see more of the autumn produce that represents the season appear in local markets and at greengrocers. These are fruits and vegetables that grow well in cooler temperatures with fewer daylight hours. I love all the winter squash, hearty greens, and the wide sel

End of Summer Farro Salad

I do love fall. In particular, I love the colors of nature, the cooler temperatures that encourage you to curl up under a warm blanket, and especially the new fall produce that begins to flood the local markets here in Umbria. We now have available for us to buy, a large selection of greens, a […]

Duck Breast in Cherry Port Wine Sauce

I recently posted a recipe for pork chops that I had bought online at D’Artagnan.com, and when I placed my order, they had duck breasts on sale. Although I do enjoy a well-cooked duck breast when we are dining out at a restaurant, it has been many years since I cooked duck at home, so […]

Puglia & Matera 2019

We recently had family visiting for two weeks which is something we genuinely enjoy. It is so much fun to share the Italy we know and love with visiting family and friends, and we enjoy sharing our favorite places with them. The first week of their stay, we stayed close to Umbria, attended several f

Heirloom Tomato & Roasted Beet Salad With Goat Cheese Crumbles

In just a week from today, we will be heading back to Umbria, Italy for a three-month stay at our stone farmhouse. We will be in Italy for just over a week before some of our family arrives, and we plan on doing quite a bit of traveling with them. Since I want to enjoy […]

Buttermilk Panna Cotta With Michigan Blueberry Sauce

We recently went to a special night at Zingerman’s Roadhouse for dinner to highlight the tomato season. The guest chef was Craig Still from Delfina Restaurant in San Fransisco, and every course but dessert included the most amazing tomatoes you could imagine. There really isn’t anything better than

Schiavenza – Barolo Walk and Wine

Exploring the lovely village of Serralunga d’Alba in the heart of the Langhe district in Piedmont, one can not resist stopping to enjoy a meal on the terrace at Trattoria Schiavenza, soaking up the splendid vineyard view. Locals and tourists both dine here, as well as our guests on our Barolo Walk a

Friday Photos ~ September 30th, 2019

It has been a fun-filled, very busy week as we have family visiting and we are trying to share with them a little of the Italy we love so much. They arrived Saturday and Sunday we headed to Montefalco for Festa della Vendemmia, the annual wine festival to celebrate the start of the grape harvest. […

Fruity Aperol Spritz {SheWolf Copycat}

Aperol liqueur was originally produced by the Barbieri brothers in Padua, Italy in 1919. It is now part of the Campari family, and in fact, has become even more popular than Campari after a very effective media campaign. Aperol is a bright orange liquor made with typical botanicals like bitter orang

Fresh & Easy Cucumber Salad

This was the first year we’ve had our garden in our new home. We created two raised garden beds that are surrounded by a fence to keep out the rabbits, deer, and wild turkeys. When you plant a new garden, it is always a learning experience. You find out what vegetables grow best where, how […]

Grilled Veggie Pasta Salad With Pesto Dressing

We just had our family over for a barbecue, and while I was creating my menu, my husband strongly suggested that I include some type of pasta dish into our meal. My husband is Italian and just like his Father, has gotten to the point in his life where no meal is complete without some […]

Pasta With Peas, Guanciale, & Goat Cheese

This is another easy pasta dish that can be pulled together in mere minutes. You can create the sauce in the time that it takes for you to heat the water and boil the pasta. This is a dish that I used to make when my children were small as at that time, my son […]

Friday Photos From Umbria ~ September 6th, 2019

We are back in Umbria! It feels so good to be back although I have experienced the worst jetlag ever this trip. It is strange, because usually I do not even get jetlag coming this way anymore, but this week has been brutal which is why this post is so late. Since I have only […]

Pork Chops Milanese With Mostarda Sauce

My family lived in Milan, Italy, for eight years, and one of my favorite dishes to order when we were dining out was Cotaletta all Milanese. This is a bone-in veal chop pounded very thin, breaded, and then fried until golden brown and crispy. I am not sure why I loved this dish so much, […]