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Italian Adventure Part IV: Finale in Florence

Our trip ended where it started, in Florence. We flew in and out of the tiny airport, which, aside from the delayed luggage (we lived out of our carry-on for 2 days) was much more pleasant than I’m sure some of the larger airports were. Especially at 7am when we left. The Duomo in Florence...

Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Puddings

Sometimes a recipe speaks to you, so loudly it is practically shouting. When you find a recipe like that you have no choice but to drop what you are doing and make the darned thing. And folks, this pudding made quite the ruckus. Out of practicality, we halved the recipe, and it made 4 good...

Italian Adventure Part III: To the Sea

From the country, to the city, to the sea… Our next stop took us to the area known as the Cinque Terre (aka five lands). The Cinque Terre are five villages nestled into the most picturesque coastline you have ever seen. I don’t know, I think the sea cliff towns are giving the hill towns...

Lasagne Bolognese

Pop quiz: what are the main ingredients in lasagne? If you said marinara, ricotta, and noodles, you’d be 2/3 wrong. At least in the case of this authentic Bolognese lasagne, where noodles are the only thing in common with the Americanized stereotype. This lasagne has, instead, a rich and meaty ragù sandwiched between layers of...

Italian Adventure Part II: Food & Gelato in Bologna

After leaving Umbria and embarking out on our own, we headed north to Bologna. Smack dab in the middle of a region famous for its cheese, cured meats, and balsamic vinegar, birthplace of lasagne, and tortellini, I think it’s safe to call Bologna the culinary epicenter of Italy. Even after all the cooking we had...

Italian Adventure Part I: Cooking in Umbria

I’m having a hard time coming up with the words to describe this trip. It’s hard enough sorting through 1,700 photos to pick just a few that best represent such an amazing experience, but then it seems hard to find the words to do those pictures justice. But, I shall do my best. I’m going...

17 Days and 18 Gelati Later…

Need I say more? Actually, I do. I have lots to say about food and sights and travel. But right now, my brain (and my stomach) are still on Italian time. I’m afraid if I tried to write anything now it would be anything but coherent. Soon. I promise.

Fried Green Tomato BLTs

As you are reading this Taylor and I are off gallivanting in the Italian countryside, eating our way through the country. So please forgive me if I don’t respond to your comments/emails right away, since we are indeed computer-less (and smartphone-less, email-less, and twitter-less – oh the horror!) But we’ll be back soon with a...

Preserved Mission Figs and Fig Jelly

As you are reading this Taylor and I are off gallivanting in the Italian countryside, eating our way through the country. So please forgive me if I don’t respond to your comments/emails right away, since we are indeed computer-less (and smartphone-less, email-less, and twitter-less – oh the horror!) But we’ll be back soon with a...

Mango and Macadamia Chicken

As you are reading this Taylor and I are off gallivanting in the Italian countryside, eating our way through the country. So please forgive me if I don’t respond to your comments/emails right away, since we are indeed computer-less (and smartphone-less, email-less, and twitter-less – oh the horror!) But we’ll be back soon with a...