Farewell to Firenze

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Our fourth trip to Italy included Rome and Tuscany.  Tuscany was a bit poignant for us. We spent our first two weeks in Rome and were thrilled to be heading back to Tuscany where we had rented an apartment in Panzano in Chianti for two weeks but we also knew that it was unlikely we would return to this part of Italy again only because there are other …

Summer – What’s In Season??

Kitchen Sink, Summer's Bounty

Early summer to, alas, the end of summer. Or should we say, what’s not in season? This is just the best time of the year for a cook. The choices are endless and that makes menu planning both exciting and challenging. What to make, what to make? Cauliflower, Cherries, Lettuces, Potatoes, Herbs, Spinach, Strawberries, Apricots, …

A Stroke of Luck

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It’s our first Monday in paradise, aka. Chianti! Wonder what we’ll do today and especially, what’s for lunch?? Let’s just head towards Castellina in Chianti and check things out there, i.e. Enoteca Biologica on via c. Borgheri, where we bought some amazing Vin Santo a few years ago? The upshot being that the place seems …

Why I Use Fresh Herbs

Spring Possibilities, Summer's Bounty

Using fresh herbs instead of dried ones adds a different dimension to your cooking. It is quite amazing the different nuances that fresh herbs lend to a dish. I like to grow rosemary, basil, flat-leaf parsley, thyme, oregano, marjoram and sage. I find that if I place them in a location that is somewhat protected from …

A Visit to a Tuscan Farm

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Some months ago Judy Witts Francini posted on FB that she had gone to pick up some Cinta Senese pig products from a “farm” near Castellina in Chianti, I knew we had to go as we would be in Chianti in May! If you have never tried Cinta Senese prosciutto…well, you are missing out on …

Kudos, Rome 2014

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Have you noticed, we like great food and trying new restos.? And going on vacation gives us a good reason to get out there sampling places new to us. Rome has been experiencing some serious changes in their food scene and that definitely required some serious tasting on our part! How could we be in …