Tag: Tuscany

First Trip to Italy

A few years before we made our first trip to Tuscany, a friend had loaned us “her favourite movie ever”, Under the Tuscan Sun. What I remember most, besides her incredibly gorgeous lover, Marcello, and maybe the food shots, were

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Gone But Not Forgotten!

As I write this I am looking at my pristine final issue of “Gourmet” the Magazine of Good Living from November 2009. And per usual, a crispy, brown roast turkey is on the front cover in time for American Thanksgiving tables. If

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An Etruscan City

The last time we were in Volterra was in 2008, spending time with friends in Tuscany and Umbria. One day we planned a day to visit Volterra followed by a trip to San Gimignano but liked Volterra so much that instead of

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Basics & Tips

Farewell to Firenze

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

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A Stroke of Luck

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

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A Visit to a Tuscan Farm

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

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Near Montalcino – A Little Piece of Heaven

If we had a bucket list, a visit to the Mate` winery would have been on it! Our first introduction to Mr. Mate´ was through his utterly delightful, funny, books about moving to and living in Tuscany; “The Hills of

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Fall Pasta

Tuscan Veal, Sausage And Porcini Ragu

What can I say, this is delizioso! A ragu that can be served with fresh pappardelle or fettucccine.  See below for link.  If we feel like pici with the ragu (a thick, long Tuscan pasta), I substitute a dried pasta called Strangozzi

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Artimino

Barbara Fairchild, former editor of Bon Appetit Magazine, wrote an editorial about summer eating and an appetizer she enjoyed when she was at Ristorante Da Delfina “her favorite place on the planet”. When I read that I thought wow, us too!

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Back To Italy

No doubt about it, my husband and I have Italian souls…think they were always lurking there just waiting to burst forth! The beginning of our first return visit to Italy took us to just outside Lucca, arriving in Pisa from Rome in a small,

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