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My obsessions-Italy and Cooking

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May 21, 2017
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La Fattoria Del Teso

Even though I certainly have sampled plenty of wine from the area surrounding Lucca, I  had never actually visited the wine growing region of Montecarlo, about seven miles outside of town. It was a clear and sunny and for the first time in days it was warm.  The drive up to the winery was lined […]

May 19, 2017
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Lucca-In The Kitchen

Six years ago when I began my Panini Girl trips to Lucca I met a very talented local woman whose passion is cooking. By day she works for the archdiocese located a few blocks away from our apartment and in her spare time she teaches cooking classes. We are lucky to stay in an amazing […]

May 18, 2017
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Florence For Foodies

How can you go to Italy and not be food focused? I have to admit that I might be a little more obsessed than most with all things food related, but what’s wrong with that? One of the perks of staying in Lucca is that Florence is just a train (or bus) ride away. We […]

May 17, 2017
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On The Farm

If I were to ask the participants of my Panini Girl tour which was the favorite day of our week together I have a feeling that they would say our trip up into the Garfagnana, the mountainous region north east of town. Besides being incredibly scenic, it’s a bit like stepping back in time. This […]

May 7, 2017
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Garmugia-A Taste Of Spring

It’s been raining on and off here in Lucca and the weather is a lot cooler than I had expected. While poking around my favorite leather shop I heard the proprietor recommending a restaurant to an Italian couple. It wasn’t even near his shop so I figured if he’s sending people there, it must be […]

April 22, 2017
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Coconut Cream Pie

Looking for a light and luscious dessert? Well, look no further. I dare say that you may even be able to win over those who profess not to be a lover of coconut with this pie.  The custard is rich and creamy, but not at all heavy. I thought about saving the leftover filling and […]

April 15, 2017
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Garlic Knots

My first foray into bread baking was many years ago when I was quite a novice in the kitchen. At that time my “go to” cookbook was The Vegetarian Epicure. I was living in Colorado and didn’t give a thought to the altitude when I jumped into baking a loaf of Honey Wheat Bread. I […]