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spiced almond biscotti with candied orange and figs

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

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Torta di Pasqua, an Umbrian Easter bread

When I was a child in the late 1960s many homes, including the one of my Umbrian grandmother, didn’t have an oven and took their bread to the bakery for cooking. Easter was an especially busy time, with women preparing Torta di Pasqua, a leavened cheese bread traditionally served for our hearty Easter breakfast. In… Continue reading Torta di Pasqua, an Umbrian Easter bread

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it’s finally my turn: I own a castle and I will even have an office

Today it’s a turning point in my life. I have been waiting for this since 26 December 1996. On that day Ruurd, my husband, and I walked to the top of our beautiful hill in the snow. Here we fell in love with the incredible views of Assisi and the surrounding countryside. Despite the dilapidated… Continue reading it’s finally my turn: I own a castle and I will even have an office