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Fusilli con Zucca, Prosciutto e Salvia

(Fusilli Pasta with Winter Squash, Prosciutto and Sage) That rich coral-orange winter squash appeals to the eye as well as to the palate. Ingredients (serves 4 – 6 people): ½ lb. Fusilli pasta 1-1 ½ lbs. Winter squash, diced 5-6 Fresh sage...
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Pasta alle Melanzane: A Summertime Recipe

This Sicilian eggplant pasta dish is a hit! Ingredients (serves 4 – 6 people):4 – 6 Medium-sized eggplantsExtra virgin olive oil, q. b. (“quanto basta” or “as much as you need”)½ C. Sunflower seed oil (or other vegetable oil)Parmesan cheese, q....
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Fresh Tomatoes on that Pasta!

In hot weather, there is nothing more refreshing than pasta with a fresh tomato sauce. “Why have a sauce simmering on a hot stove on a steamy summer day,” you might ask. For an Italian, though, what’s lunch without pasta? So here is the perfect...
Recipes > Desserts

A Recipe of Enticement: Strawberry (or Peach) Tiramisu

In June, strawberries are in our Umbrian garden – and strawberry tiramisu will often be dessert for dinner guests. In July, peaches come along and this dish is also buonissimo substituting peaches for the strawberries. A main ingredient of...
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Zuccotto is not a member of the zucchini gourd family. Zucchini is a popular mealtime favorite usually stuffed with mozzarella, herbs, ricotta, and anything else that makes it tastier. On the other hand, zuccotto is a Tuscan chilled dessert that...
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Wild Asparagus Carbonara: Umbria Springtime Goodness

Wild asparagus is now sprouting in our Umbrian woods. With a bit of luck, and ideal weather conditions, we’ll be foraging for the woodland goodness until late May. Our pasta at lunch today highlighted the tasty wild asparagus: spaghetti alla...
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Lentil soup

Because we could not eat meat on Fridays, my nonna always made lentil soup. Lentils are good luck to eat on New Year's Day because they look like little coins: the more you eat, the more money you will have! ½ lb. Washed lentils1 Medium...
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Shelly's Potato Chip Cookies

1 lb. butter softened1 cup sugar2 tsp. vanilla3-1/2 cups flour1-1/2 cup potato chips (crushed)Powdered sugar Mix butter and sugar together, add vanilla and flour and mix well. Blend in potato chips. Make small balls approx. 3/4’’ round...
Recipes > Drinks

Cranberry Crave Cocktail

serves 1 1 oz. Conjure Cognac1 oz. Orange flavored liqueur2 oz. Amaretto liqueur2 oz. Cranberry juiceIce Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Strain ice and pour into a cocktail glass. Serve and enjoy.
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