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Roasted Red Pepper & Red Lentil Soup With Zucchini Corn Relish

I have always enjoyed a bowl of soup, whether it is one chock full of vegetables and grains or a creamy one made with just a few ingredients. When...

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Pasta With Zucchini Ribbons, Pesto, & Cherry Tomatoes

I am a sucker for kitchen tools, just ask my husband. Every time I see some new gadget meant to make your life easier in the kitchen, I just...

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Baked Caprese Frittata With Quinoa

We have four chickens here in Umbria, and usually get three freshly laid eggs every day. I am not sure which chicken isn’t doing her part, but I have...

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Roasted Pumpkin & Walnut Bread

As soon as September rolls around each year, everywhere you turn you see pumpkin recipes. Pumpkin, one of my favorite varieties of winter squash, is rich in potassium, fiber,...

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Schiacciata con l’uva – Focaccia With Harvest Grapes

This is a very traditional flatbread commonly found in central Italy, Tuscany in particular, during the grape harvest. Sweet, ripe grapes are used to fill and top focaccia that...

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The Bacari of Venice {Venetian Wine Bars}

Living in Umbria six months a year, we are only a short drive from Venice, and in fact it takes us just about four and a half hours from...

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Brussels Sprouts Gratin

We eat a lot of Brussels sprouts in our house, and luckily they are now available in most grocery stores here in Italy from late summer on through spring....

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Pasta With End Of Harvest Roasted Green Tomato Sauce

Summer has now come and gone, and I am sad to say that after a great start at the beginning of the season, our vegetable garden dwindled down to...

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Applesauce Almond Cake

I am sitting here on the couch looking out across the lush Umbrian countryside, and I am having a very difficult time believing that tomorrow is October 1st. Where...

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Roasted Butternut Squash Bruschetta with Walnuts & Sage

One of the activities that we enjoy with our farmhouse guests here in Umbria are our wine tastings. My husband picks three local Umbrian wines, and I then match...