Early Spring and a new video

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It’s now officially Spring, but about 3 weeks before the calendar folks said it was so, our little corner of the world burst into spring; flowers popped up out of the mud, fruit trees budded, bees started buzzing about and all sorts of birds have returned, including one of our favorites, the civetta (a [...]

Polenta Pizza with Garlicky Broccoli Rape

It’s the end of winter (we hope!) and the garden is still full of various winter vegetables.

I love bitter vegetables, including broccoli rape which is called various things here in Italy: broccoletti, cima di rape and friarielli. It’s interesting to me that so many winter vegetables are bitter; I wonder if we need just [...]

Carnival and the Bove Finto of Offida

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Offida is a beautiful medieval town just 20 minutes from us, and is also the home of our friend Dwight who makes great wine.

On carnival Friday this year we went with Dwight and his dog (aptly named “Bacco” after Bacchus the roman wine god) to see the Lu Bov Fint (the fake bull) [...]

Roast Potatoes with Rosemary and Garlic

Roast Potatoes with Rosemary and Garlic, a perfect side dish for just about anything.

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