A Polenta Gathering

Polenta, I love you. Yes, I know that I declare my undying love for every food I write about.  It is because there is so  much great food in the world. But polenta holds a special place in my heart (and stomach). Before I moved here, I thought polenta was the stuff that came in […]

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A Vending Machine Tour of Valle d’Aosta

Yesterday we had friends from Piemonte visit us for the day, so we took them on a personalized tour of my own making of the region. A vending machine tour.  Because Aosta has some pretty spectacular vending machines. You’ve already heard about my dairy farmer neighbors with the raw milk vending machine.  That was our […]

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The many faces of radicchio (and oven roasted treviso radicchio)

I love radicchio…..I don’t know why, but I’m  simply enamored with bitter vegetables this winter.  I never really noticed radicchio when I lived in the US, but in Italy, I simply can’t escape it.  I walk into the vegetable market and I am literally faced with a wall of more types of radicchio than I […]

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Hands in the Dough: Introd Black Bread Festival

I can’t believe I haven’t written about this yet.  It was just such an incredible experience that I had to let it marinate for a while so that the words came out right…. but then I forgot about writing it.  So here we are, six months later. Seuppa valpellenentze ready to go in the oven […]

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An Ode to Agretti

Agretti, Agretti, how do I love thee! I’m sure the neighbors think I’m crazy.  I’ve been waltzing around the house proclaiming my love to this deletable vegetable in song.  But if ever a vegetable deserved to be serenaded, it is agretti. I stopped by our village vegetable market on  my way to picking up some […]

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts…I love you!

I think I have a Brussels sprouts problem. I used to hate them.  Passionately.  I remember being dared to smell one as a child, and it scarred me for life.  However, I recently started craving them out of the blue (it freaked me out, to be honest.  Who craves Brussels sprouts?), and I’ve been roasting- […]

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Why I’ve been MIA….my soap business!

Sorry that I’ve been away!  There are many wonderful things to write about, but I haven’t had a spare moment. In a nutshell, I’ve finally started up my handmade soap and natural body care business here in Italy!  It is called ‘Fleur de Lune’, and it’s going even better than I anticipated.  Unfortunately, I can’t […]

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The Désarpa, AKA Cows with Flower Towers

Get excited or run away, but it’s time for yet another post about one of my favorite subjects…. cows! I don’t know what it is about ‘cow culture’ that fascinates me.  More than anything, I guess it is that I am fascinated with the local fascination with cows.  You could say cows are a way […]

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pasta e fagioli

Pasta e Fagioli….. yum!

Pasta e fagioli…. according to my very Italian husband Gianluca, ‘It is simple and tasty.  I can tell you I’ve seen business men eating their pasta e fagioli in their suit and tie, just to tell you how good it is.’ Pasta e fagioli translates as ‘pasta and beans’.  Sounds pretty boring, huh?  Gianluca proved […]

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figs with bleu d'aosta and caramelized onions

Fresh Figs Topped with Bleu d’Aoste, Balsamic & Caramelized Onions

I really need to stop making posts about using seasonal foods right when they are going out of season.  But this is too good to not share!  My excuse is that I was busy eating and creating recipes like the one below, and not writing. Earlier this summer, I had what felt like a stroke […]

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