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Recipes from our farmhouse in Italy and travels beyond…

Christmas Recipes from Italy

My how the time flies – I can believe it’s already the Holiday Season! Here are a few favorite (and local) recipes from our farmhouse & cooking school in the Italian Countryside, La Tavola Marche to add to your Christmas, New Year or Holiday Menu: VINO Spiced Wine Bianco: Verdicchio […]

Podcast from Italy: Turkey Talk & Planning Your Holiday Meal

We woke to the first hard frost of the year after a light snow & fired up the mics for another Podcast from Italy! This episode Jason shares his tips for menu planning and preparing your holiday feast from brining the turkey to making the most of your equipment, he covers […]

The Sturgis of Italy: Motocycle & Truffle Festival

Every October thousands of motorcycles decsend on the sleepy medieval village of Sant’Angelo in Vado in Le Marche, Italy for the international Motorcycle & White Truffle Festival! Revving engines, fragrant truffles, endless local craft beer and wine… what more could you want?! This year marks the 38th anniversary of what seems […]

Sunday’s #SlowlivedMoments: Pears Poached in Red Wine & Rosemary

A look at autumn in the kitchen of our farmhouse in Italy – Fall is filled with chestnuts, spiced wine, olive picking and perfect pears! The angelica pear is the almost mythical piccola pera (little pear) found in numerous works of Renaissance Art however in Le Marche, it is the local homegrown pear […]

Local Marche Specialty: Pizza Bianco

A taste of Italy from our other life – La Tavola Marche (farm, inn and cooking school) – a local favorite here in Le Marche is Pizza Bianco made without sauce and instead with thinly sliced potatoes, ricotta, rosemary, sea salt & olive oil! Each week the wood burning oven […]

Wild Cherry Liquor Recipe from Le Marche

 A thriving local tradition in Le Marche is making homemade liquors/liqueurs to be served after dinner as a digestivo.  Using pure alcohol or grappa infused with fruits & herbs such as visciolino (wild cherry), nocino (walnut vanilla), brugnolino (wild plum/sloe) & many more! Visciole is a tart wild cherry found […]

Amsterdam Food Truck Festival, The Rolling Kitchens

The “Rollende Kuekens” or Rolling Kitchens Festival is a massive gathering of food trucks from all over Holland – they descend upon Amsterdam for the weekend to serve of an incredible array of food from local & traditional to wildly exotic made out of over-the-top, creatively designed food trucks. The beer flows like wine, the […]

A Smokin’ BBQ in Italy

Every May our friends Carlo & Gigia open their sustainable farm to friends and family to host an epic feast! Everything is straight from the farm – salads fresh picked, bread & desserts homemade, including the meat and cheese plus barrels of local wine. The star of the show is […]

Spring Recipe: Pea Crostini

I love Spring, everything is bright & green and peas seem to be the epitome of Spring produce! Here today, gone tomorrow they have a short & sweet growing season and are perfect at the height of their season – which is right now! This pea crostini will brighten any […]

3 Elderflower Recipes for Spring

Elderflowers or fiori di sambuco are in bloom in Italy! This flower from the elderberry tree makes a lovely light floral lemonade-like flavored syrup to be added to drinks (sparking water, vodka, gin or grappa), desserts or sorbets – depending on your mood. It makes an amazing vinegerette over salad […]

The BEST Pork Sandwich Ever, Found at a Road-Side Food-Truck in Le Marche Italy

This post is a year plus in the making…During the fall of 2012 on a gorgeous crisp Autumn Sunday, we took the back roads through northern Le Marche with no destination in mind – just heading south through the foothills of the Apennines, meandering past Monte Cucco. Without a map […]

Fresh Squeezed: Sicilian Blood Oranges

A glimpse at how we start the day during citrus season! Cratefuls of bright oranges from Sicily arrive daily at the local markets in Italy and cost about 3,50 Euro for an overflowing box over 7 kilos (14 lbs)! My homage to the best part of waking up in the […]

Lavender + Orange Cake = Love at First Bite

The perfect balance of orange & lavender makes for an absolutely heavenly cake that it is quick & easy to make! Each year I add a few more lavender plants around the pool but never really knew what to do with the fragrant flowers. Sure, I dried them & placed […]

Festa della Befana: The Italian Folklore, Festival & Food!

    A “Taste of Italy” episode celebrating Festa della Befana – A short film capturing the magic of Befana with the smell of roasted chestnuts and spiced wine, the cold air fills with festive music as Befana’s of all ages descend upon the cobblestone streets to celebrate in Urbania […]

A Very Cappelletti Christmas

Christmas celebrated in Le Marche, Italy is not complete without a heart-warming bowl of cappelletti in brodo or little stuffed hats in broth. I was once told is a dish served for only those you love because it takes so much time & patience to make!  In our area this […]

A Tuscan Christmas Gathering

Over the rivers and through the woods passing thru Le Marche and Umbria along the way, to gather by the roaring fire & meet new friends,  to share a festive table & eat a gorgeous meal. We poured endless red, ate too much and returned home late into the night, […]

Why We Travel: Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

Put down that caramel-colored watery condiment known as balsamic vinegar of Modena & try the real deal! (And trust me whatever you’re using, no matter what you spent, ‘aint this!) Traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena D.O.P.  is like nothing you’ve ever tasted, a thick sweet syrup that must be aged […]

Apple Cider Tasting

Life in Italy is full of expected adventures and impromptu tastings of homemade goods and wines when visiting with friends or neighbors. On this blustery autumn day, we were treated to a post apple harvest cider tasting. I shot this quick video at their kitchen table to share on instagram […]

Taste of Italy: Pizza Bianco with Potatoes & Rosemary

A taste of Italy from La Tavola Marche (farm, inn and cooking school) – a local favorite is Pizza Bianco made without sauce and instead with thinly sliced potatoes, ricotta, rosemary, sea salt & olive oil! Each week the wood burning oven is fired up for Thursday’s Pizza Night Dinner […]

Apecchio’s White Truffle & Local Craft Beer Festival

  White truffle season has officially begun in Italy, as usual the festivities kick off at Mostra Mercato del Tartufo Bianco Internazionale in Apecchio. Apecchio (our neighboring villages) is located in the “Truffle Valley” of Le Marche, the festival marks the ‘unveiling’ of the white truffles and talk begins on […]

5 Favorite Places to Eat FISH in Fano on Any Budget

We live in the foothills of the Apennines, the kingdom of pork and rich meaty dishes from the mountains, so when we want to eat-out in Le Marche where do we go from something different…Fano for pesce fish of course! Fano is the ancient Roman seaside settlement, complete with the […]

Norcia: A Land of Pork, Butchers, Boar and Truffles

We recently spent a night in Norcia (Umbria) a land famous for it’s pork, butchers, wild boar and truffles. (Not so different from our neck of the woods in Le Marche.) Just over two hours from Rome (and about two hour from our farmhouse) time seems to stand still, it […]