green beans, potatoes + olives

Green Bean and Potato Salad

Lately I’ve found myself in a bit of a green bean rut. My go to recipe is to steam them, and then toss them in a bowl while still warm, with some combination of onions, tomatoes and garlic (although I sometimes add a bit of meat). Loads of olive oil and lemon juice turns it… 

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vineria san fortunato {todi}

Vineria San Fortunato, Todi

Even though I love staying home when we are at our house in Umbria, and cooking straight from the garden, there gets to be a point every summer when I say basta. I just need a night off where I don’t have to cook or wash dishes (although I’m very good at inviting guests who… 

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red currant + plum {cake}

Red Currant and Plum Cake

Sometimes a treasured recipe can take on an entirely new dimension by changing one ingredient. I’ve been making Marcella Hazan’s  Farm Wive’s Fresh Pear Tart for about 30 years now. I’ve already written about it here, and admitted that I rarely make it with the pears it calls for. I usually stick to apples, but… 

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salvatore denaro makes a frittata {video}


I thought I knew just about everything there was to know about making a frittata. I’ve written about them so many times on the blog (here, here, here and here) that it’s a bit embarrassing doing it one more time. But this one is different. Way different. So different in fact that I’ve even made… 

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enoteca l’alchimista {montefalco}

L'Achimista, Montefalco, Cappellotti filled with burrata

We spend every August at our house in Umbria and – after about 20 years – our routine is pretty much the same. If you can call it a routine. We don’t do much at all. Walks in the morning, swimming in the afternoon, and lots of cooking and eating. The one thing we almost… 

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blackberry cobbler

Blackberry Cobbler

I’m back! Well, actually I’m still on holiday for the next week, in Umbria, but I’ll be working at the same time. The miracle of being able to do my work from where ever I am. What have I been up to? A lot of cooking and eating, of course. But I’ve also been doing… 

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eating in rome in august {2014}


I’m still on vacation, and this is not a ‘real’ post. Just a quick note to tell you that not only am I on vacation, most of Rome is too. The great exodus is happening and Rome is as empty as you’ll ever be likely to find it. This means blessedly empty piazzas and streets…. 

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vacanza {time off}

Table in Umbria

Italy pretty much shuts down for the month of August. Since my life is my work and my work is my life, I rarely shut down completely. But for the rest of the month I’ve decided to take things down a notch, at least here on the blog. Rather than post three times a week,… 

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tramezzini + cocktails at amblè {florence}

Amble Florence

I’m always on the look out for a good neighborhood bar. The perfect one has plenty of cozy, comfortable seating – both inside and out. It goes without saying that I want well made cocktails, right? But good nibbles are also a deal breaker. And if everything could be well designed without looking as if… 

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caponata in positano {bread salad at pupetto}

Pupetto Fornillo Positano

Even though my beach vacation in Positano seems a distant memory, and I’m writing this from the landlocked confines of Umbria, I’m still playing catch up here on the blog. One thing I did take away (besides memories) is recipes. And today’s  blog is all about one of my favorites: Caponata. You’re probably thinking “What’s… 

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