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 [...]

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, [...]

Quiche, or is that Take Out?

“Whats for dinner tonight?” Years ago a friend of mine used to answer this oh so familiar question with “take out”. Now those of you who have been in the USA know that “take out” refers to going someplace, buying ready made food and bringing it home to eat. My friend on the other hand [...]

Pizza Day, Summer 2011

We are so fortunate to live nearby one of Italy’s greatest pizza joints, Pizzaria Mamma Rosa.

Marcello, the owner and fellow who makes the pizzas is a bit like me, what my sister has rightfully described as a food snob. He only uses local fresh ingredients and his dough is made with a natural starter, [...]