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Meleto Castle

Roasted Pepper Eggplant and Cheese Terrine – Cooking in a Chianti castle

  The Rustico Cooking Chianti Culinary Tour was the ultimate cooking experience.  For five days, our tour group attended hands-on culinary courses in the kitchen of the enchanting Castello di Meleto (Meleto Castle).    This magnificent castle, surrounded with cypress trees and junipers, is located in the town of  Gaiole, in the central Chianti region of Tuscany, Italy.  Roasted Pepper Eggplant and Cheese Terrine was […]

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Artichoke Flan with Truffle Sauce

Cooking in Spoleto: Artichoke Flan in Truffle Sauce

We spent the first afternoon of our culinary tour of Umbria and Tuscany in Spoleto, Umbria at il Panciolle  Restaurant.  Chef Mirella Argilli gave us a hands on cooking class on the method of making home made strangozzi, pasta unique to Umbria. That night we had wonderful  supper at il Panciolle Restaurant, dining on Artichoke Flan with […]

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Strangozzi with truffle sauce

Cooking in Spoleto – Strangozzi with Truffle Sauce

  We had arrived at the hilltop town of Spoleto, located in central Umbria, Italy, on the first day of our seven day culinary tour to taste the local cuisine and for our cooking lesson  at il Ristorante Panciolle.Since I am a first generation Italian-Canadian born to a Sicilian mother and Molisano father, I grew […]

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Culinary Tour Around the World – France

Bonjour! For this week’s Culinary Tour around the World, Joan of Foodalogue, has invited food bloggers around the world to join her in a virtual journey to France to participate in preparing authentic French dishes. France is definitely one of the countries to visit on my bucket list. I can just imagine how wonderful it must […]

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Rustico Cooking in New York City!

One of the highlights of our New York City trip was to attend a hands on Chianti themed cooking class at the Rustico Cooking Studio given by Micol Negrin. We had been on two Italy cooking tours with Micol and her husband Dino – in Umbria & Tuscany and in Chianti! Both times were such […]

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New York frame of mind….

Last week my friend Linda and I spent four wonderful days in New York City celebrating her birthday with our NYC friends Louise and Gerry. Actually it was more like a food and wine fest. When we arrived at our hotel in Manhattan, Louise met us and we had a long leisurely ‘catch up’ lunch […]

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