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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 […]

March 25, 2017
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“I Cracker” And A Giveaway

I’ve been thinking a lot about Rome lately in anticipation of our upcoming trip to Italy. As J. says “Rome is like an onion. You just keep peeling back layers and there’s always more to discover.” Of course there are endless sights that I hope to some day see, but I can’t help myself from […]

February 17, 2017
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Mushroom & Taleggio Pie

I’ve been looking for an opportunity to use this box of puff pastry that I bought at Surfas-the restaurant supply store. Since it was sort of pricey I was hoping that it would be a step above the Pepperidge Farm brand that I usually pick up at the grocery store. I was cleaning up some […]

January 23, 2017
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Italian Street Food

Earlier last year I had the opportunity to do some recipe testing for Paola from one of my favorite blogs-Italy On My Mind. I had success with both of the recipes I tested and looked forward to the publication of her book. I was enamored with the lemon ricotta gelato and the ease of putting […]

January 8, 2017
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Empanadas

I realize that empanadas are not at all Southwestern (more Latin American), but I thought that it would be nice to have a little hand pie before our posole dinner last week. Various countries have their own version (think Cornish pasties or Italian  panzerotti) and you can certainly put your own spin on this recipe. […]

July 14, 2016
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Tomato Tart

  Our tomatoes are in, despite the constant battle with the squirrels who seem to think they are entitled to first choice. Thankfully our plants are flourishing and we have plenty, even if we have to share with these annoying intruders. We’ve been eating caprese salads, tomato sandwiches, and bruschetta. I’ve been sharing bags of […]