Christmastime in Rome – a Day in the Eternal City

Last Sunday I spent a day in Rome visiting my daughter. The plan was to buy Christmas gifts for family in the USA, as Francesca was going for a visit.

It was a warmish grey day, perfect for tromping about the city, which at Christmastime is full of life, lights and great things to see.

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Sunset Tonight

Ah, one of things I love about winter here at our farm in Le Marche is the sunsets. I really don’t understand the physics; maybe because there is less humidity in the air (someone fill me in please) but regardless, it seems the colder weather brings us spectacular shows almost nightly.

This evening it [...]

Natural Organic Bread Making in the Sibillini Mountains

A few weeks ago, Hans and I were invited to a morning demonstration of bread making using natural yeast in the Sibillini mountains. Of course we said yes. In typical Italian style, a group of interested people show up someplace for a demonstration, then afterwards we all eat a huge lunch together. Do I need [...]

What’s in a Recipe Name?

Last night I made these wonderful…..what on earth should I call them?

Finished (fill in the blank) served on a bed of wilted escarole

They are rice supplì made with radicchio that are wrapped in paper thin slices of speck, baked and served on some wilted escarole. While I was making them I had [...]

New Trees and Shrubs: Take 2

As promised, here a few photos from the forest department nursery. Wouldn’t you know it…the day before, when I forgot my camera, it was glorious sunny day. The next day, camera in hand, it was the darkest, gloomiest day we’ve had yet this season.

Dark and kind of spooky

I spent the day making [...]

New Trees and Shrubs Take 1

For the last 4 years Hans and I have been buying and planting trees and shrubs that we get from the forest department in Amandola. The forest department here in Le Marche has four different places dedicated to growing plants that are either indigenous to the area or simply do well here.

Yesterday we borrowed [...]

A Day in the Sibillinis: Marche Prosciutto, Salami, Cheese and Truffles

Not far from here is a little town in the Sibillini mountains called Montemonaco, a place we like to visit several times a year. The Sibillinis (a protected national park) are part of the Apennine range, the mountains that split Italy into East and West, the “spine” of the country.

Prosciutto, Salamis, Cheeses, Truffles, [...]