Festive!

Festive!

And, so begins my festive season.... With great cheese and simple pairings....

What is the start to YOUR Holidays?

As my time here teaches me, the true value of the Italian culture is in the way they do not see tradition as a shackle but rather as a way of life; A point of differentiation that needs to be proudly maintained and taken joy of. From amazing cheeses to generations old balsamic vinegar to all the cured meats, the magical food history of this land is rich and bountiful. And, unlike the American mentality to hoard and pile richness on richness, the Italians elegantly approach each ingredient with the respect warranted for it all by itself. And, they indeed pair, it is not to be over-the-top but to be subtle complement of flavors that leave your floored with they deceptive simplicity!

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What doesn't kill you..... And, Violina Red Hummus

What doesn't kill you..... And, Violina Red Hummus

Allora, the story of today, is about pumpkins. After Thanksgiving, pumpkins are relegated to being the second grade actors in most US homes. Beyond a bit of pumpkin pie or a soup here and there, you do not hear a whole lot about these delicious vegetables. In Italy though, I find that this is a rather revered produce!

I present to you Violina Red Hummus!!! 

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{Photo Post} Pietra di Bismantova

{Photo Post} Pietra di Bismantova

The view from the summit is one of the best I have seen on any hike I have done in my life! Nowhere has there so much diversity to behold... blue shaded mountains in scaled heights int he distance, the rich green hues of the farmlands directly beneath us, the sharp edges of the rock we were resting on, the sheer drop that a small slip will befall you. It was a beautiful experience to take it all in and hold it there, without judgement, without reaction. To just be......

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Blueberry Cardamom Compote

Blueberry Cardamom Compote

Even though the berry season is just past, they are perfect for this bridge season in the frozen form. Whether you freeze them yourself or buy them frozen from the market, frozen blueberries are perfect for making compotes as the freezing concentrates the sugars in the fruit, needing no more when making the sauce.

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