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 have damaged the fruits. Sadly, for the 4th year in … Continue reading Green stringozzi noodles with creamy roasted squash and ricotta sauce

Figs caramelized in a spiced wine syrup

Figs preserved in spiced wine syrup

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, they spend some time in our kitchen and we always, … Continue reading Figs preserved in spiced wine syrup

Torcolo di San Costanzo, a medieval sweet bread from Umbria

My hometown Perugia is well protected from evil. We have 3 patron Saints to look out for us: San Lorenzo, Sant’Ercolano and San Costanzo. Nationwide, San Lorenzo is the most popular. One of the Seven Deacons of Rome, and therefore among the first to have been subjected to martyrdom, he is the patron of over 200 towns and villages in Italy. The legend says that … Continue reading Torcolo di San Costanzo, a medieval sweet bread from Umbria

garbanzo bean farinata with caramelized onions and rosemary

As you probably know Italians have a long tradition of eating vegan food. You didn’t know it? Well, think about it: spaghetti with aglio, olio and peperoncino is vegan. Minestrone is also vegan. Eating fruit at the end of a meal instead of a dessert is the norm here. And, in addition we have a variety of dairy and egg-free sweets made with olive oil and … Continue reading garbanzo bean farinata with caramelized onions and rosemary