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figs and wine tiramisù

Hello my friends how are you? Have you had a lovely summer? While the North of Europe has suffered crazy high temperatures this year, we have had one of the mildest summers in ages. I can’t really say it’s been cool, but it’s been nice enough for us to venture out for wonderful day trips.… Continue reading figs and wine tiramisù

All Seasons · Fresh Pasta · Life in Umbria · Pasta · Recipes · Spring

mezzelune pasta filled with “porchetta” pork roast in fennel juniper butter

  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

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green stringozzi noodles with creamy roasted squash and ricotta sauce

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

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how to make Umbrian pork sausages and other pig stories

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

Life in Umbria · Meat Dishes · Recipes · Spring · Winter

Umbrian-style braised sausage with fresh fennel (and my travels)

Hi dear friends, how are you? I hope spring is treating you well wherever you happen to be. Spring is in full swing here in Umbria and more gorgeous than ever. As for myself, these are the first quiet days after half a year of excitement and travels. I can hardly believe we were in… Continue reading Umbrian-style braised sausage with fresh fennel (and my travels)

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Bucciotto, a cheese-bread doll for Easter

Easter in Umbria is not for those with a delicate constitution. A cheese-egg-meat-wine-chocolate binge starts at 9 am on Easter Sunday with breakfast and ends into a food induced coma sometime at 5 pm. By then, some of the aunties are passing around giant mounds of broken chocolate eggs and slices of colomba just in… Continue reading Bucciotto, a cheese-bread doll for Easter

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a roast chicken with Umbrian herb salt for the holidays

Dear friends how are you? Are you also looking back at this year that once again is almost gone, and thinking: wow, it’s good to be here. I do, despite everything. The economy, the crazy weather, the earthquakes (we had two major ones in the last 3 months), the politics, the floods and no olive… Continue reading a roast chicken with Umbrian herb salt for the holidays