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cold wild-fennel and cucumber soup

August is a long, slow month in Umbria. Most of the world seems to be somewhere else. Italians flock to the beach and everybody else believes it’s not a good time to be here so it’s very quiet here on our magical mountain. Every evening at sunset we sit on the terrace with a glass… Continue reading cold wild-fennel and cucumber soup

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mushroom and truffle ravioli

Now it’s time to start writing about food again. This is one of those recipe I make during cooking classes when we want to explore how to transform simple ingredients into a sumptuous meal. Admittedly truffle is not “simple” but you might still have a jar from your holidays in Umbria or Tuscany. If not, omit and the results will be delightful nevertheless.

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asparagus 101

With all the running around, worries and excitement about the new house I forgot to post my April article in The American in Italia magazine featuring another of my favorite recipes, Parmesan and asparagus eggs. Please remember that if you don’t have wild asparagus or the season is over, you need to choose fairly thin… Continue reading asparagus 101

Desserts · Fall · Recipes · Winter

chocolate and ricotta crostata with homemade candied orange

CROSTATA AL CIOCCOLATO.  I can proudly say that this is a family recipe. My family is half Umbrian, half Sicilian. Both regions have great food but when it comes to sweets there is no contest.  Sicilians are blessed by the best sweets ever  invented, cassata, cannoli, panzerotti, martorana, granita, pignolata….oh my. Enter any humble bakery… Continue reading chocolate and ricotta crostata with homemade candied orange

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cassata siciliana

SICILIAN CASSATA. Nothing is simple in Sicily. So much has happened for innumerable centuries. Every population around the Mediterranean has had a kingdom there, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normands, Spanish, Bourbons. Each left memories, traditions,  ingredients. The Arabs brought in almonds and citrus.  Marzipan was developed under the Normands. The Spanish introduced chocolate, candied fruits… Continue reading cassata siciliana