Sunday, August 20

Little Helping Hands in the Garden - Onion Picking

With a house full of Dutch kids that just loved the garden we couldn't help but put them to work picking onions for dinner! The boys got quickly to work picking & cleaning and the girls were soon to follow...

The kids were all eager to lend a helping hand, excited for what was to come next - a rich French Onion Soup - no one cared it was the middle of the summer during a heat wave - they were all lusting over the onions from the garden!

 Here's a sneak peak of the epic onion soup (topped with aged Dutch cheese) - four days in the making (for that rich broth!)... the recipe to come in the fall when it's more in season!

Tuesday, August 15

The Hunt for White Truffles

 The little known region of Le Marche, Italy has a secret worth a fortune hidden under old oak trees...

 Locals will proudly tell you more truffles are found in Le Marche than Alba - "we send them our extras," one old Italian truffle hunter laughs.  This Autumn visit the tourist-free neighbour of Tuscany & Umbria and discover the wonderful world of truffles! For the same price as a truffle dinner in New York (no joke!), spend three nights dedicated to tartufi in lovely Le Marche!

Arrive to a five course feast made with produce from our farm using local, seasonal & traditional recipes served with local Marche wine, at your request fragrant white truffles will be shaved over your plate! The next day as the fog lifts, head into the woods with an expert truffle hunter and his dog in search of the infamous "white gold" found under age old oak trees.

That evening with the fire ablaze enjoy cooking in our 300 year old farmhouse kitchen with a professional chef as your teacher - sharing more than just recipes but understanding how to build & balance flavors, knife skills and using proper cooking techniques (braising, sauté vs. sweat, etc).  

The truffle education continues with a tour of a cultivated truffle garden to understand more about how & where they grow! And the culmination of the 3 nights - the National Fair of White Truffles in our nearby village of Acaualagna with the smell of tartufi thick in the air wander the streets sampling truffles in all forms! 

512nd National Truffle Fair of Acqualagna,
Its centuries-old tradition of research, production and sale of the truffle has made Acqualagna a privileged meeting place for the promotion and trade of the tuber at both national and international levels. Acqualagna is the harvest centre of two-thirds of the entire national production of the precious tuber with around 600 kilos of truffle of every kind.

The entire town of Acqualagna offers its spaces to the event. The main square hosts the stands of fresh truffle dealers, and this is the traditional hub of the festival. The Palatartufo is the most important area of reception for the visitors to the fair who number over 200.000 in total. Walking around its 4.000 square metres, lovers of the food and wine culture can taste and buy the best that traditional Italian cuisine has to offer: products tied to the characteristic truffle of the area, the numerous delicious products and examples of food from other Italian regions. In addition, visitors can see the area dedicated to local handicraft of furniture making and the famous artistic working of the stone.

The Hunt for White Truffles 
27 - 30 OCTOBER & 2-5 NOVEMBER
500 Euro/person
Includes: 3 nights accommodations at our farmhouse inn, breakfast daily, welcome five course feast with local wine, truffle hunt with expert guide with aperitivo, half day cooking class with meal, wine & custom apron, tour of cultivated truffle garden, aperitivo at the White Truffle Festival in Acqualagna. Truffles are available for your dinner and cooking class by request at market price. (Package price based on double occupancy.)
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An important note: We only work with truffle hunters that are humane to their dogs and respectful of others dogs. We also do NOT place the truffles before the hunt - there is no guarantee we will find any - its all part of the experience!

Monday, August 14

Podcast from Italy: The Latest Local Gossip

Ciao from HOT and dry Italy! We've had a heatwave for what feels like all summer but this Sunday morning was nice and cool after a steady soft rain so without watering in the garden to do - we fired up the mics to share the hottest local gossip in town! From an antique credit card machine to funeral fun and the hot topic of immigration/refugees. Jason shares his thoughts on his recent purchase of a KitchenAid and wonders when it went to sh!t?! And we comment on the new grocery store layout at Auchan and other Super stores...the prepared food invasion!! This week is a bit of a downer, we're not gonna lie!

Thanks for listening! Podcast from Italy #106 - Latest Local Gossip Dowload/Stream on iTunesStitcher or Podbean

I don't know what the photo rules are for a funeral - but wanted to share with you the sweet little chapel and cemetery found at the end of our dirt's a peaceful place to be laid to rest.

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