In my previous post about our trip to Abruzzo and the Gran Sasso I promised to introduce you to a fourth generation transumanza shepherd. This story actually doesn’t take place in Abruzzo, but just across its border in Lazio, deep in the remote and little visited Monti della Laga range. It was August 15th and ferragosto, Italy’s national summer…

  If you happen to be going to a farmer’s market this weekend you’re likely to find some fresh local grapes. Here’s a great way to enjoy them. As promised in my last post this is my version of the delicious grape bread made every fall in Tuscany to celebrate the vendemmia (grape harvest).  Over the years I’ve…

We visited Abruzzo in a camper van nearly 20 years ago and ever since then we’ve been meaning to get back. With the highest peaks in the Apennine range this region boasts vast expanses of wilderness and, for a country as urban as Italy, Abruzzo is sparsely populated. But the biggest draw for us was its spectacular landscape. For one…

It was big news back in 2009. On April 6 that year Abruzzo suffered a deadly earthquake that devastated the region leaving 308 people dead and thousands more homeless. It’s epicenter was near L’Aquila, the region’s capital, but it also affected many other surrounding communities. You don’t hear much about L’Aquila these days, the tragedy seems largely…

A basic dough for flatbreads of all kinds. This recipe is easy and it produces excellent results. And its great for a heatwave. Lately we’ve been experiencing Europe’s worst heat wave of this young century so I’ve been trying, as much as possible, to stay out of the kitchen. We’ve been eating a lot of pizza, flatbread and…

I’ve been serving sesame snaps made with our honey for years and I’ll admit I’m a bit an addict. Like most of our recipes, this one is a little difficult to pin down because it abides in a perpetual state of evolution. Each time we make them I tweek the formula a little. But in the past few months they’ve been getting…

It’s one of our signature dishes.  It’s different every day, depending on what the orto is giving us.  Right now its all about beans and zucchini. zucchini and their flowers, green beans, nasturtium flower, fresh dill and coriander flowers, borage,new zolfini beans, buckwheat & polenta crack……