Market Day in Umbria: Aroma Cucina

I'll show you mine if you show me yours!  What's in your local market these days? Check out ours. ...more

When to Be or Not to Be a Locavore: Aroma Cucina

When to Be or Not to Be a Locavore: Aroma Cucina We live in an era of efficient shipping, and that makes for some good eats in unlikely places.  Don't fight it, embrace it and choose wisely. ...more

A Glut of Tomatoes...

A Glut of Tomatoes... I have only 5 sleeps before I am UK bound.  5 whole weeks with no work.  Yes, I am getting quite excited at the prospect of no work and of course catching up with friends and family.  And of course not to forget lots of eating!  ...more

Tomatoes are more complicated than they look

I think that the slower pace of countryside life must be addling my brain. Either that, or most people who live in the countryside are total mentalists. Take yesterday for example. I paid a visit to the shop in my neighbouring village to buy these: ...more

What My Husband Hates: Shrimp, Feta and Olive Pasta on a Tangle of Arugula

Yesterday I told you about the mischief I get up to when my hubs goes out of town. Synopsis: I watch Glee, listen to cheesy 80s dance music, drink pink girlie drinks (like French Martinis) and eat feta and olives....more

How to make a small vegetable garden - help for a newbie gardener

How to make a small vegetable garden - help for a newbie gardener Yesterday, i posted an article on your all time 10 best ingredients to cook. I had so much feedback and emails, it was amazing! I guess you people out there love that idea of just narrowing it down to 10. A lot of you couldn't just name 10 items....more

Italian Vegetable Soup - A Metaphor

My husband and I have a Saturday night ritual of watching a movie....more

"Oh Sh*t, My Bowl is Empty. That Sucks!" Soup

(a.k.a. Smokey Soup with Some Shrimp, Some Sausage, Some Barley AND SOME HEAT) While jumping up and down to Raise Your Glass by P!nk in a Zumba class, my New Year’s resolution changed from, “This year I will exercise more, eat healthier, eat less, blah, blah, blah”  to “This year I will do things that are good for me because they feel good.” (Read about my resolution shift here.) As part of this new resolution, I sifted through my index cards to find recipes that are good for me, make me feel good and are like Zumba: Fast. Fun. HOT!...more

Mushroom Risotto with Sundried Tomatoes

Since I made butternut squash risotto for Thanksgiving, I've been obsessed with trying new risotto combinations. Yes, my mom's side of the family is Italian, but we never made risotto for some reason. There was always an emphasis on pasta dishes instead of rices ones. But, I've come to learn how much I enjoy rice dishes and made this for Christmas Day dinner. ...more

Grilled Chicken with Cherry Tomato & Basil Salsa

Grilled Chicken with Cherry Tomato & Basil Salsa ...more