Dark Chocolate & Dried Cherry Biscotti

We presently have at least four inches of snow on the ground, and the temperatures have finally dropped below freezing. Taking care of my chickens in this kind of weather is just not fun, although the chickens do not seem to mind. I have been preparing them warm porridge from their layer feed every

Sicilian Fennel & Orange Salad

Fennel is one of those vegetables that is often overlooked here in North America. In Italy, fennel is utilized in many ways, from eating it raw as you would celery, to including it in soups, pasta sauces, or roasting or baking it as a side dish. Just like celery, the entire plant is edible, and […]

Fried Peppers & Onions

As we move into the new year, many folks make a move to try and eat healthier, including me. After the extravagance of the holiday season, I crave lighter foods, including big salads and soups packed with veggies and whole grains, and I try to include a few meatless meals into our weekly meal plans.

Chcolate Pumpkin Muffins

We have just taken down all of our Christmas decorations and cleaned our house from top to bottom to start the New Year off fresh. When I was growing up, my mother always encouraged me to start the New Year with an organized room to set the path for the upcoming year, and I still […]

Top 2019 Recipes

We have now started a brand new year and I am looking forward to creating many new recipes. I am not usually one to look back, but it is always fun to review my recipes from the previous year to see just what recipes were the most popular on my blog. It isn’t surprising that […]

Pancetta Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

Pork tenderloin is an excellent option for busy mid-week meals, unexpected guests for dinner, or just a weekend family meal. Tenderloin cooks quickly in less than an hour, and when wrapped in pancetta, it stays very moist and tender. I serve my tenderloin with roasted potatoes and usually a side dis

Pan Roasted Duck Breasts with Blackberry Sauce

Our December gathering of our Newburyport Wine Club was “All About Crémant – A Great Alternative to Champagne”. With the holidays fast approaching, we wanted to explore some wonderful, but less expensive options to celebrate the season with some bubbles. While Champagne is probably the most prestigi

Chickpea & Farro Soup {Zuppa di Ceci e Farro}

It was a very busy holiday season between decorating the house, hosting a big family party and getting all of my Christmas baking completed. When I am busy doing other things, meal planning often gets shoved to the back of my mind, and this is why I love having a couple of hearty soups prepared […]

Fresh Stewed Borlotti Beans

Late summer to early fall, fresh legummes begin to show up in our local markets here in Italy. I buy them by the bag full when I can and use them in soup, salads, or simply stew them as I do in this recipe. Fresh beans prepared in this manner are delicious as a side […]

Baked Layered Onion, Bread, & Cheese Soup

After enjoying an October that felt more like summer than fall, November arrived bringing rain and cooler temperatures. When the weather is damp and chilly, there is nothing more comforting than a bowl of warm soup. This soup is one I tasted in Arrezzo many years ago, and for some reason, even thoug

Roasted Tomato, Onion, & Fennel Soup

When August rolls around, I always know I’ll be looking for ways to use up the baskets of fresh, ripe tomatoes we pick from our garden. There is nothing better than the flavor and aroma of ripe tomatoes just picked from the garden whose taste is enhanced by the heat of the summer sun. With […]

Potato Gnocchi With Truffle Cheese Sauce

I love Umbria in the fall because the temperatures have finally cooled, and every weekend there is a new festival celebrating some particular fall ingredient. Before we left Italy, we headed to Pietralunga for their White Truffle & Potato festival, and then the following weekend we headed off to Tr

Potato Focaccia

We recently spent a wonderful week in Puglia with family. I always say that if we didn’t own our property in Umbria, that I’d love to live in Puglia. I love everything about this unique region, including the cuisine, the landscapes, and the people. Potatoes are a popular ingredient in Pugliese cuisi

Polpette in Umido – Stewed Meatballs

Ask most Americans about Italian food, and the dish that most likely springs to mind is Spaghetti and Meatballs, meatballs served over a plate of spaghetti smothered in marinara sauce. A favorite recipe of many Italian immigrant grandmothers, and a staple on many a restaurant menu here in the US, th

Bussola Cookies From Burano {Venetian Butter Cookies}

Living in Italy six months of every year allows us the opportunity to travel around Italy and explore all that it has to offer. One short trip we try and take every year is to Venice, one of our favorite Italian cities. When we do have the opportunity to visit Venice, we often take the […]

Fried Octopus

I love seafood of all types, and apart from a few odd varieties such as sea snails, I could eat seafood every day and never tire of it. Here in Italy, even here in landlocked Umbria, these days it is pretty easy to find fresh octopus at the market or at the seafood counter in […]

Grissini Torinesi – Italian Bread Sticks

Bread sticks appear in almost every restaurant bread basket in Italy – wrapped in plastic, and enjoyable to munch on, but just ordinary. But on our visits to Piedmont on our Barolo Walk and Wine tours, fresh crisp bread sticks called grissini demonstrate how extraordinarily delicious such a simple f

Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday weekend with family, but it is now over, and we are looking ahead to Christmas. We have worked our way through all of our Thanksgiving leftovers, and I am excited to begin working on new Christmas recipes. Although I enjoy all the holidays we celebrate through

Fall Apple Almond Cake

We visited the Prosecco road in Veneto last month and enjoyed some fantastic meals while we were there. After one lunch in between visiting local cantinas to tour and taste Prosecco, we splurged and ordered a dessert to share after our meal. We rarely order dessert, so we chose carefully and ended u

Fall Harvest Salad With Roasted Pears, Bitter Greens, & Gorgonzola

Fall in Umbria is a magical time with fall festivals held around the region each weekend celebrating ingredients such as mushrooms, truffles, olive oil, and chestnuts. As the weather turns cooler, we start to prepare heartier soups, meaty pasta dishes, and polenta makes an appearance once again. At