©2019 by Tuscan Dreams LLC

November 10, 2019

This week, Vincenzo and I hosted a cooking class at a beautiful local kitchen shop called Figue. The main dish that we created together with the group was a classic Tuscan sauce called Ragu Finto. This translates to "Fake Ragu" and is a poor man's sauce that is created...

September 29, 2019

Vincenzo and I are in Italy to visit family and friends. Our first few weeks in Abruzzo are always filled with days planned around our favorite foods. One of them is this special traditional dish made by Concetta.

The history of palllotte cace e ove is steeped in the fa...

July 20, 2019

Sometimes, Mamma's food is just exactly what you need. Simple, easy, and warms your heart just like a mother's embrace. A few weeks ago, Vincenzo made me his mamma's sauce with eggs. I remember having this dish in Abruzzo with mamma Concetta cooking in the kitchen and...

June 21, 2019

It's finally summer! That means that the farmer's markets and gardens are full of the ingredients for this classic Tuscan dish - tomato bread salad. 

This is one of my go-to recipes for summer events and picnics. In fact, we have a family reunion this weekend and I am m...

May 12, 2019

Happy Mother's day to all! This past week, I made a Crostata di Marmellata (jam tart) for a special dinner Vincenzo was cooking. I knew our guest of honor that evening was from Scotland, so I decided to make the bottom of the crostata an oatmeal shortbread crust and to...

April 18, 2019

Easter is a special time for me as I recall my first few days living in Italy in 2007. I arrived in early April and the Easter traditions were in full spirit in San Gusme. The almond trees were blossoming and the people of the village were preparing for the traditional...

March 24, 2019

This week at the local supermarket I found blood oranges and I was so excited! This immediately took me back to my first days living in Italy when these oranges were in season and so delicious. I remember traveling to Rome for a weekend that same month and the local Tr...

March 11, 2019

With this long, winter weather, I've been craving sunshine. Lemon is one of my favorite summertime flavors and always reminds me of sipping on limoncello after a beautiful summer meal outdoors in southern Italy.

The first time I tasted limoncello was in Capri when Pam i...