Monday, November 28

An Autumn Drive thru Le Marche

Autumn is hands down my favorite time of year, especially in Italy! From the color of the falling leaves and the colder bluer sky to but the smell of the wood stove mixed with roasted chestnuts and spiced wine, we not only see the changes of the season but feel and taste them too. One of my favorite ways to spend an autumn afternoon is a road trip to nowhere in particular.   We live just outside of Piobbico in the shadow of Monte Nerone. This northern part of Le Marche is rugged and breathtakingly beautiful - reaching from the foothills of the Apennines to the Adriatic Sea (which is only about a 45 minute drive). 

Recently we jumped in the car on a brisk day for a drive to the northwester corner of Le Marche where it meets Umbria & Emilia-Romagna to explore Frontino & Carpegna. 

Frontino has been included in the prestigious club: "i borghi piu' belli di Italia" The most beautiful villages in Italy. It is easy to see why - it may be small but stands tall over the valley below. The views from here are stunning and with a four sided clock tower covered in ivy it's perfectly picturesque and charming.

We stopped in Carpegna for the morning market and a stroll thru the 'big city.' Enjoyed a porchetta panino and started to make our way back home. After 10 years of living in this crazy country I am still amazed & in awe of the beauty with which we are surrounded by on a daily basis and thankful to call this little corner of Italy home.

A little history: FRONTINO

The history of Frontino is that of a long dispute between the Malatesta from Rimini and Montefeltro for the madman of this “sentinel” in the territory of Massa Trabaria. The Montefeltro finally managed to keep it to pass a fief Oliva of Piandimeleto their vassals. Frontino, important part of the Duchy of Urbino, where he remained until the end of the dynasty of the Della Rovere – Montefeltro (1631). But the character of the town is about Malatesta who fortified, who raised the Palace of the family and that they provided the mill and religious buildings.

The towers and the mighty walls are reminiscent of the origins of this embattled castle, advanced sentinel of Montefeltro.

The monumental fountain water sculpture by Franco Assetto, named after Catherine Remies Forlani as symbolic figure of teacher much loved by the people of Frontino.

Read more about it's rich past:

Saturday, November 26

#SlowlivedMoments from our Farmhouse

All autumn I have been posting short films of slow lived moments #slowlivedmoments from our farmhouse in Italy on instagram & Youtube - I just realized I forgot to share them with you! Join in and post your quiet, simple, country moments of cooking, sipping tea, chopping wood and tag it #slowlivedmoments. I will share on a few on here in December!

To start - here is one of my favorites - Falling Leaves & Wellies

Monday, November 21

Italian Recipes from Our Farmhouse Perfect For Your Thanksgiving Meal

My how the time flies - I can believe it's already the Holiday Season!
Here are a few favorite recipes from our farmhouse & cooking school to add to your Thanksgiving menu to compliment your big beautiful (brined) turkey:


ANTIPASTI (Appetizers)

PRIMI (First Course)

 DOLCE (Dessert)


For more recipes visit our recipe box - here  


Thursday, November 17

Podcast from Italy

We woke to the first hard frost of the year after a light snow on Saturday. Jason shares his tips for menu planning and preparing your holiday feast! From brining the turkey to making the most of your equipment - plan ahead & you'll do great! We talk Italian politics from the new garbage bins to Renzi's reform. Happy Holidays & thanks for listening!

Podcast from Italy #93: Turkey Talk & Planning Your Holiday Meal
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Dr. Gaggi & Jason, during one of our Thanksgiving celebrations

Sunday, November 13

Video: Sausages from Scratch

A look at our Sausages from Scratch Cooking Class! Starting with a pork shoulder and breaking it down, adding just salt & pepper and a glass of wine (with a garlic clove) - a simple DELICIOUS local recipe from Le Marche! With two fun Aussie guests I filmed this during their sausages from scratch cooking class - then we devoured them!!

Thursday, November 10

Podcast from Italy: Truffle Hunting Adventure & A Feast for Ogni Santi

It's the end of the season at La Tavola Marche (farm, inn & cooking school), we fire up the mics as we prepare for winter. Thankfully safe & sound after another round of earthquakes in Central Italy, we chat about our mezzo-gallo (half rooster), kimchi & stocking up on olive oil. Ashley shares her truffle hunting adventures and Jason explains the traditions of local hunters and the unique feast for Ogni Santi (All Saint's Day)! Thanks for listening!!
Podcast from Italy - Episode #92 Available on iTunesStitcher & Podbean

Sunday, November 6

Sunday's #SlowlivedMoments: Foggy Creepy Cobwebs

Another instalment of my #slowlivedmoments from our farmhouse. Here is a creepy cobweb filled garden film - I meant to share this for Halloween on here but time slipped away - even when it's slow going, it somehow flies by.... I can't believe it's December already! Our autumn mornings have been heavy with fog and full of cobwebs like these - (filmed at the end of October before our garden soil was turned for the winter)

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