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Summer Peach Cake With Streusel Topping

During the six months every year that we live in Umbria, we rent out one of our farmhouses to guests. To make our guests feel welcome, I try and...

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Friday Photos From Umbria ~ July 31st, 2015

Our family are now back stateside, and we have two weeks before our next guests arrive so we are heading off to the Amalfi coast for a few days....

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Summer Garden Minestrone With Fresh Borlotti Beans & Farro

We are now halfway through the heat of the summer, and I’m happy to say that our vegetable garden is flourishing. Here in central Italy, July has been breaking...

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Pesto Pasta With Cherry Tomatoes

We have pots of basil growing around our property, and for some reason basil refuses to grow well in our garden, yet grows like a weed in our pots....

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Friday Photos From Umbria ~ July 24th, 2015

It looks like we will break a record this month for the hottest July in a hundred and fifty years here in Umbria. I can tell you that it...

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Lavender Shortbread Cookies

I have always been a huge fan of shortbread cookies and when I enjoy one of these buttery treasures I think of my Nana, who made the best shortbreads...

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Apricot Pineapple Jam

I enjoy creating jams and jellies to share with our farmhouse guests, and am always looking for new flavor combinations to try. Last year I made a peach cantaloupe...

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Friday Photos From Umbria ~ July 17th, 2015

We are in the middle of an Umbrian heat wave with daily temperatures around one hundred dregrees, and with the family visiting us (total of twelve), we try and...

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Summer Risotto With Zucchini, Zucchini Flowers & Pesto

As I work my way through our very abundant zucchini harvest this summer, I will be posting a few new zucchini recipes. As well as zucchini, we are picking...

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Fried Baby Squid {Calamaretti Fritti} with Arugula & Tomatoes

One of my favorite seafood dishes is fried baby calamari, called calamaretti. They are not always easy to find, but when they are on a restaurant menu and I...