All Seasons · Life in Umbria · Meat Dishes · Recipes

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)

All Seasons · Life in Umbria · Meat Dishes · Recipes · Umbria Images

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

All Seasons · Life in Umbria · Meat Dishes · Recipes

Travels, gratitude and a quick dinner (balsamic and sage chicken scaloppine)

  What a wonderful and different springtime I have had this year! I am back from the most exciting book tour in the US where I have visited old and new friends and presented my cookbook at 4 different locations.  Also, I have taken with me a little bit of Umbria: a hand-woven cloth by… Continue reading Travels, gratitude and a quick dinner (balsamic and sage chicken scaloppine)

Fall · Meat Dishes · Recipes

pork saltimbocca with guanciale and grapes

After a fairly wet spring and a blazing hot summer, Italian wine-makers have high expectations for their wines. Grape harvest is finished and wineries are enveloped in fermentation vapours. My friends who make wine have a big smile on their tired face. The crop was healthy and the wine is expected to be bold and… Continue reading pork saltimbocca with guanciale and grapes

All Seasons · Meat Dishes · Recipes

spinach and fennel polpettine (meatballs) in a crunchy polenta crust

Having returned from a wonderful holiday, full of energy, ideas and an intense wish to neglect the existence of January, I want to start this year with a really new and extraordinary recipe. Something you never thought of. Something that will become even more trendy than cupcakes or mochi ice cream. OK, I’ll stop here… Continue reading spinach and fennel polpettine (meatballs) in a crunchy polenta crust

Appetizers · Meat Dishes · Recipes · Summer

vitello tonnato: veal in tuna sauce

This recipe is the gastronomic demonstration of the Aristotelian pronouncement that “there is no great genius without a mixture of madness”. Tuna on veal is pure genius. As crazy as it must sound to some of you, a fish based sauce on beef is a marriage made in heaven, it totally works. In fact, it’s been… Continue reading vitello tonnato: veal in tuna sauce