Tomato Galette

Tomato Galette This galette can be made with any type of tomato so don’t limit this recipe to just heirloom tomatoes. Heirloom Tomato Galette Serves 6 1 pie crust 3-4 large heirloom tomatoes, varying colors, sliced thick 1 C. ricotta cheese 10-12 sprigs of fresh thyme 1/2 onion, sliced 1 tsp. olive oil salt and pepper […]

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Vet Emergency in Pienza

Vet Emergency in Pienza For those who follow my page probably know I have a beagle named Baci who I brought to Italy from NY when I moved here.  She has been my one constant thing which helped me make the transition from NY to Florence.  Italy is so pet friendly so I try to […]

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Mussels Gratin

Mussels Gratin If you like mussels you will love mussels gratin.  Here’s a simple recipe all will enjoy. Ingredients: mussels Extra virgin olive oil capers Cherry tomatoes parsley breadcrumbs anchovies black pepper garlic  Video from youtube courtesy of Italian Food

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Italian Lentil Soup

Italian Lentil Soup Italian Lentil soup is a great dish at any time but during New Year’s celebration, lentils or lenticchie in Italian are served.  Lentils are thought to bring good luck and prosperity so it is an Italian custom to eat lentils at New Year’s. Here’s a lentil soup with sausage recipe that is […]

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Summer Pasta Recipes

Summer Pasta Recipes Here are 4 quick and easy summer pasta recipes.   These recipes are light and perfect for a summer night.  Enjoy!  Video from youtube courtesy of Vincenzo’s Plate “Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life.” –Anna Akhmatova  

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Italian summer words

Italian summer words Learning Italian?  Practice with the below short clip. Here’s a video with photos to help you learn some Italian words related to summer.  At the end of the video, there will be a review to test your memory.  Words include: Ice cream, Shorts, Beach, Sun, Hot, t-shirt, Sandals, Watermelon, Bathing suit and Fishing.  Video from youtube courtesy of ItalianPod101.com “Italy […]

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Mousse con crema al formaggio e caramello salato

Mousse con crema al formaggio e caramello salato 175 g of granulated sugar 60 ml of water 250 ml of fresh cream 3-4 g of salt 250 g Philadelphia 250 g of cow’s milk ricotta 50 g of powdered sugar grated rind of 1/2 lemon dried amaretti Preparation In a saucepan pour the granulated sugar […]

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Pasta Fredda

Pasta Fredda Pasta Fredda with pomodorini pesto and mozzarella is the perfect summertime dish.    Served cold or room temperature it is great to bring or serve at outdoor parties, picnics and more.  Simple and easy to make and filled with flavor. Ingredients for 4 people   400 g of short pasta 200 g of […]

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Arno River Boat Ride

Arno River Boat Ride A boat ride along the Arno is truly an amazing experience and I recommend it to anyone visiting Florence.  Reservations are required and boat rides are usually available from April to October. The actual boat ride lasts about 45 minutes and offers amazing views of the Ponte Vecchio and more which […]

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The 4th Year In Italy: Is It The Deciding Year?

The 4th Year In Italy: Is It The Deciding Year? July 14th began the start of my 4th year living in Florence. In the title, I questioned whether it is the deciding year because a lot of expats I have known have either returned to America or moved on to another city after living in Florence […]

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