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

Brussels Sprouts With Pancetta & Chestnuts

We left Italy last Thursday, and I brought a terrible chest cold home with me. Luckily the weather isn’t too bad right now with fairly moderate temperatures and no snow in sight. Today I woke finally feeling much better which is great because I have too much to do for the upcoming holidays to be […]

Roasted Pumpkin & Pear Soup

I have always loved the foods of fall, but for some reason, I am particularly enamored with chestnuts and pumpkins this year. It used to be challenging to find a variety of winter squash here in Italy, apart from the green squash sold everywhere that is simply named zucca. This year, however, I foun

Twice Cooked Artichokes

The artichoke is one of Italy’s most treasured ingredients, and this famous thistle can be found in every region across the country prepared in a variety of ways. Young artichokes are eaten raw in salads, Rome is famous for their fried chokes, while in Venice, tiny purple artichokes are steamed or b

Fava Bean Puree With Sautéed Cicoria

Italy is a wonderful country to travel around as every region is like a different country with its own regional cuisine, landscape, and dialects. Although I love living in Umbria, if I had to choose another area to live in it would be Puglia. Puglia is a very unique region with some of Italy’s oldes

Instant Pot Whte Rabbit Ragu

I was never a big fan of the Crockpot, and I think I can count the times on one hand that I’ve used mine. My Instant Pot, however, is another story, and I use it a couple of times a week. My husband and I fast every Monday and break our fast at dinner with […]

Our 2019 Le Marche Getaway

For the past two years, we have changed our time spent in Italy from one six month stay to two-three months stays one in the spring and one in the fall. We have also tried to fit in short trips, even just an overnight one, to some destination outside of Umbria as often as possible. […]

Spiced Butternut Squash & Hazelnut Muffins

Umbria, Italy, in the fall, is waking up to dense fog that eventually ends up as gloriously sunny afternoons with clear blue skies. It is also the smell of wood fires and roasting chestnuts and the selection of fruits sold at the markets changes from peaches, nectarines, and plums, to pears and appl

Friday Photos From Umbria ~ November 8th, 2019

Fall is a great time to visit Umbria as the weather is wonderful, and there are festivals every weekend celebrating everything from white truffles to black celery. Often there are so many festivals taking place each weekend that you have a choice of which one appeals to you more. We recently visited

Creamy White Bean Soup With Rosemary & Pancetta

Fall has arrived with its cooler temperatures, so it is finally time to get my soup pot out and get busy. I do love fall, and here in Umbria, the trees behind our property are just turning yellow, soon to turn red, and our olives are ripening and turning black in preparation for the olive […]

Mushroom Veal Marsala

Being a food blogger, I am always trying out new recipes. I enjoy this part of being a blogger, but it also means that I do not get around to making some old family favorites very often. Fall has arrived here in Umbria along with a fantastic selection of mushrooms available just about anywhere that

Olive Harvest 2019

We just completed our olive harvest last week, and although the quantities of olives this year were thirty percent less than last year, our olives were healthy (no olive fly), and we ended up with ninety liters of gorgeous cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil. We have three different varieties of oli

All Saints Day Cookies – Ossi dei Morti

While North America celebrates October 31st, Halloween, or All Hallow’s Eve, In Italy, November 1st is a Roman Catholic holiday that Italians celebrate. It is called All Saints’ or All Souls Day, and this is a day for remembering your deceased family members. There are many different traditions foll

Zucchini Apple Bread

We started a new vegetable garden at our North American house this year, and though the tomatoes, cucumbers, greens, and salad grew really well, our zucchini flowered but never produced fruit. We just returned to Umbria this week for our usual three month stay, and our garden here is the complete op