Served with a slice of crunchy bread, these eggplants alla marinara are perfect for a light, meatless meal. You can also serve them as an appetizer, or cut them into squares and serve for an aperitivo on the terrace to enjoy the long, golden evenings.
Do you also have the feeling that spring is never coming? I start to be spring-obsessed around the first 10 days of March. By then, I am so ready with winter that I can’t take another grey day. Somewhat I forget that we will have to endure at least one more month of bad… Continue reading mezzelune pasta filled with “porchetta” pork roast in fennel juniper butter
One of the funniest statements I have heard from a guest in over 15 years of teaching about food and cooking is the following: “I have realized I need to have a relation with a butcher”. And indeed, if you eat high quality meat, you will probably agree that counting on a competent butcher it’s… Continue reading Umbrian style light pot roast
Do you remember passionately wanting a unique Christmas gift as a child? One of my first gift-related memories is about wishing a blue teddy bear for Christmas. It must have been 1971 or 72. I even had in mind the exact shade of powder blue I still adore. I have always been a bit odd. I… Continue reading spiced almond biscotti with candied orange and figs
This month has been mellow and nostalgic as it’s often in October in Umbria. While still reeling after a summer of record-high temperatures, we have enjoyed a string of magnificent sunny days and Technicolor sunsets. It’s been like a balm for body and soul. We miss our own olive harvest. The extreme temperatures and drought… Continue reading green stringozzi noodles with creamy roasted squash and ricotta sauce
Sometime I wish to have a year that is entirely made of September. This is especially true after the record high temperature of this past summer. However this month is always my favorite as our home is lively with guests who come to visit us from all corners of the world. Most often than not,… Continue reading figs preserved in spiced wine syrup
My quest to unlock the secrets of Umbria’s rural culture, traditions and foods often gives me the opportunity of new and interesting explorations. Nothing makes me happier than sharing all this with those who seek a deeper understanding of the locals and their customs. This week I have had the pleasure to host food-photographer… Continue reading how to make Umbrian pork sausages and other pig stories