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Tag: Italy

It’s All About the Olives!

It’s All About the Olives!

If I seem a little tired this week, it’s because I spent most of last week climbing trees. Almost 100 trees to be exact. Was I having a childhood flashback? Nope. I was climbing olive trees. As I’ve mentioned before, in Italy, olive oil is special. […]

Le Celle Hermitage, Cortona, Italy

Le Celle Hermitage, Cortona, Italy

When you mention Italy and specifically Tuscany, most people will say: “Oh, under the Tuscan Sun”. While everyone may not have read the famous book by Frances Mayes (or seen the extremely loosely-adapted movie starring Diane Lane), they know the title. Most also know that […]

Roasted Tomato Rigatoni

Roasted Tomato Rigatoni

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s tomato season! Yes, the time of year when tomatoes actually taste like tomatoes! (Says the slightly tomato-obsessed woman.) I’m not the only one who loves tomatoes. My friend, and Travel*Food*Cool reader (thank you), Heather, recently sent […]

Escape to Elba

Escape to Elba

Able was I, ere I saw Elba. This saying might be the most famous palindrome of all time and yes, when I think of Elba, the island off the coast of Tuscany, this always pops into my mind. I’ve wanted to go to Elba for a […]

Fig Jam Two Ways

Fig Jam Two Ways

Figs! Figs! Figs! I have figs bursting off the trees in Italy. I’m very excited as this is my first really good fig harvest (if I can use such a word). I love figs. There’s something very luscious about them. They really are a decadent […]

Fresh and Easy Zucchini Basil Soup

Fresh and Easy Zucchini Basil Soup

Zucchini! I am always amazed at how many zucchinis one plant seems to produce! I love to plant zucchini in the garden in Italy, but sometimes my challenge seems to be what to do with it all! If you’re like me, you’ll like the upcoming August […]

Italian Summer Bites

Italian Summer Bites

It’s a long weekend, Ontario (and British Columbia, Nova Scotia, PEI, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Nunavut and Northwest Territories)! Enjoy the day off! Get together with some friends! Make some cocktails and enjoy the outdoors. I will be spending today flying back from Italy where we […]