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Favorite Spring Recipes

I am often asked as someone who loves to cook, which season I prefer best. Although I honestly love cooking with ingredients from each season throughout the year, I...

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Truffled Mushroom Lasagna

As we prepare to head back to Italy soon for six months to oversee our farmhouse rental Il Casale di Mele, we have been busy saying good-bye to good...

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Ricotta Almond Cake

In just a few short weeks we are returning to Umbria where will stay for 6 months so I am busy trying to empty out my pantry and freezer....

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Pasta With Roasted Cauliflower

Although I could easily eat pasta every day of the week, I do try and limit my pasta addiction to two or three times a week. I also try...

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Casatiello – Neapolitan Easter Bread

Casatiello is a traditional Easter celebratory special bread of Naples. It is a rich brioche type of dough made with eggs and butter that is studded throughout with cheese...

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Easter In Italy

Easter in Italy is a Christian based holiday, which begins on Palm Sunday, and culminates the following week on Easter Sunday. Although all of Holy Week is important, it...

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Strawberry Tiramisu

We recently had some friends over for dinner and decided to fire up the pizza oven and made four different types of pizzas, two of each. When we have...

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Easter Menu

Easter Sunday in an Italian home is a joyous occasion spent with family and friends. Typical of Italian cuisine, most holiday tables are planned around seasonal favorites, and springtime...

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Torta Pasqualina

Torta Pasqualina ~ Another traditional tart recipe, this one for Torta Pasqualina, or Italian Easter Pie, a traditional Ligurian recipe made each year to celebrate the Easter holiday. It...

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Slow Braised Beans & Greens

This is a classic Italian vegetable dish that is very inexpensive to prepare that originated from “cucina povera”. For this dish I bought a bag of dried chickpeas, a...