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Norcia: A Land of Pork, Butchers, Boar and Truffles

03/07/2015 02:44:03 AM

We recently spent a night in Norcia (Umbria) a land famous for it's pork, butchers, wild boar and truffles. (Not so different from our neck of the woods in Le Marche.) Just over two hours from Rome (and about two hour from our farmhouse) time seem > read more

Lavender + Orange Cake = Love at First Bite

03/01/2015 12:15:19 PM

The perfect balance of orange & lavender makes for an absolutely heavenly cake that it is quick & easy to make!Each year I add a few more lavender plants around the pool but never really knew what to do with the fragrant flowers. Sure, I dried them > read more

Celebrate "Fat Tuesday" with Homemade Strutto (Rendered Fat) & Ciccioli (Cracklings)!

02/17/2015 09:30:58 AM

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It's a Cold Cold Night in Le Marche...

02/10/2015 02:23:23 AM

On a cold winter's night we set up the camera & shot the Marche night sky & stars! Enjoy the first test of playing with 'nightlapse' time lapse on a GoPro Hero 4! Working on more... > read more

"Made in Le Marche" Culinary Holiday in Italy: Wine Tour, Artisan Meat & Cheese Market Trip, Craft Beer Tasting + Cooking Classes

02/05/2015 03:59:52 AM

"Made in Le Marche"- D.O.C. Wine Tour, Artisan Meat & Cheese Market Trip, Craft Beer Tasting and 3 Cooking Classes > read more

{Video} Two Old Italians: A Short Lesson in Salami & Sausage Making

01/22/2015 05:47:31 AM

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BIG NEWS: It's our LAST season and your LAST chance to visit....

01/15/2015 14:59:26 PM

It's our LAST season & your LAST chance to visit!!A bucket list year... If a visit to La Tavola Marche is on your bucket list, then buy your plane tickets to visit in 2015 now. This will be our LAST season! We're ready for our next adventure & will k > read more

{VIDEO} Festa della Befana: The Italian Folklore, Festival & Food!

01/06/2015 12:06:19 PM

A "Taste of Italy" episode celebrating Festa della Befana - A short film capturing the magic of Befana with the smell of roasted chestnuts and spiced wine, the cold air fills with festive music as Befana's of all ages descend upon the cobblestone str > read more

How to Make a Legit Plate of Pasta - This Sunday on YouTube LIVE!

01/01/2015 10:06:54 AM

The 2nd Season of LIVE! from ITALY: Online Cooking Classes > read more

A Very Cappelletti Christmas - Buon Natale

12/24/2014 10:00:08 AM

Christmas is synonymous with 'cappelletti' in Le Marche. The postage stamp sized squares homemade pasta are filled with veal, pork & chicken, nutmeg, lemon zest & grated parmesan then folded into "tiny hats" or cappelletti and added to a rich broth, > read more

December 14th LIVE! from ITALY Online Cooking Class: Cooking with Wine

12/09/2014 13:28:57 PM

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Pasta Sauce: Borlotti Bean & Tomato with Sage

11/17/2014 01:58:04 AM

Traditionally this is a summer sauce made when the borlotti beans & tomatoes are fresh but it's so heavy we prefer it in the fall and winter using our jarred tomatoes & frozen beans. Locals add pork ribs to the sauce adding extra flavor and resulting > read more

{Podcast from Italy} The Rough & Tough Truffle Game

11/12/2014 12:34:21 PM

The deal going down...Thanks for your patience to our podcast listeners!! We were flooded with emails, facebook posts and tweets asking us to fire up the mics again....we had no idea so many of you were listening!! After our longest hiatus yet, Podca > read more

Coming Soon, Sunday's in December - The 2nd Season of LIVE from ITALY Online Cooking Classes

11/02/2014 14:41:29 PM

We are excited to announce the dates for the second season of our LIVE from ITALY Online Cooking Classes!! Just in time for the holidays and your Christmas menu planning. Mark your calendars, print out the recipes, shop for ingredients and tune in LI > read more

{Video} Garden Update, End of Summer, Early Autumn in Italy

10/26/2014 07:33:20 AM

a few homegrown heirloom pumpkins picked from the gardenDue to a rainy summer, blight has set in on our 400 tomato plants in the garden but some things like the rain! Jason explains what's coming out of the garden from August to early October! Fro > read more

Happy Apple Season! Recipes & Photos from our Apple Harvest

10/12/2014 06:26:28 AM

This years apple harvest has been our best yet! With a dozen or so apple trees (green, red & pink) we've got a great mix of varieties for both eating fresh & cooking/preserving. In a few short minutes kilos of apples are picked, there are baskets at > read more

No Rolling Pin Needed: Homemade Cavatelli Pasta

10/09/2014 04:19:52 AM

This is one of the easiest pasta dough's to make and it doesn't need a machine or any fancy equipment - just your thumb or a pairing knife. Cavatelli pasta (or little caves) is traditionally from Molise & parts of Puglia. > read more

A Vegetarian Dish for the Meat Eaters: Garden Vegetable Stew Topped with A Poached Egg

09/29/2014 06:56:40 AM

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Quick Pickled Peppers, Carrots & Onions

09/22/2014 11:55:52 AM

A favorite way to keep veggies a bit longer into the season is a quick pickle - that great briny flavor with a crunch without the wait of a month or more for a proper pickle. A dish of these puckery peppers makes a perfect antipasti/appetizer thro > read more

London Times: The 30 Best Autumn Escapes...Includes a Gastro Holiday at La Tavola Marche!

09/16/2014 10:23:30 AM

It's not too late to plan that last minute autumn getaway! The Times has compiled a well rounded list of 30 of the best from leaf peeping to mushroom hunting, grape picking and beach-bumming there is something for everyone. And to toot our horn, #8 o > read more

Taste of Italy Video: 400 Heirloom Tomatoes (Part 2) with Blight

09/04/2014 03:57:57 AM

Due to a rainy summer, blight has set in on our 400+ heirloom tomato plants in the garden. Farmer/Chef Jason Bartner explains what blight looks like, why it happens, how to try to prevent it organically and what your tomatoes will taste like...if the > read more

Plum Perfect: A Bumper Crop Mean Farm to Table is a Group Effort

08/23/2014 14:26:46 PM

This year's plum harvest was surely a bumper crop/season if I'd ever seen one. Tree's that have never fruited were heavy with diverse varieties of plums this year! We discovered we had over 4 different types of plum trees from plump sweet yellow (sus > read more

How to Cut Fresh Pasta by Hand {Video}

08/13/2014 03:46:45 AM

Learn how to cut fresh pasta by hand! A glimpse of our Fresh Pasta & Sauces Class at La Tavola Marche, filmed on an iPad LIVE during a summer cooking class in Le Marche, Italy! If you can't make it to Italy for one of our cooking classes in person, e > read more

3 & 4 Night Fall Gourmet Getaways in Le Marche, Italy

08/06/2014 09:23:00 AM

Crisp cool nights with the fireplace ablaze in a 300 year old stone farmhouse, trees colored red & burnt orange, fresh pressed olive oil & hearty vegetables from the garden - Autumn in Italy! Taste the flavors of fall in the Italian countryside > read more

The Perfect Lemon Tart

08/04/2014 07:41:11 AM

This truly is the perfect lemon tart. > read more

Podcast from Italy: Gluten Intolerant...Intolerant

08/02/2014 11:44:04 AM

After a month or so of radio-silence, we've fired up the mics for a bit of rant on 'gluten-free' after reading a great Huffington Post article and posting on our facebook page - the response was overwhelming on both sides. We had to record the episod > read more

A Bakers Dozen of Summer Desserts

07/29/2014 15:28:41 PM

During the long hot days of summer a light, bright and refreshing dessert is the perfect way to end the meal, especially after a four course meal! I was asked by, (the same group that produces FoodieTV which has posted a series of our vid > read more

{Video} Taste of Italy: Pappa al Pomodoro, Cooking Class

07/27/2014 01:00:06 AM

Make your kitchen smell outright divine with this Tuscan-based slow roasted tomato bread soup, Pappa al Pomodoro. This recipe is a perfect example of eating with the seasons & peasant cooking. Using our homegrown tomatoes, basil & garlic along with s > read more

Summer Recipe: Poached Peaches in White Wine & Rosemary

07/22/2014 03:37:22 AM

A gorgeous oven-free, gluten-free, no-bake dessert perfect for those hot summer nights! > read more

A Homemade Walnut Booze That's Biblical...

07/10/2014 07:42:34 AM

A booze that's damn near biblical - not only because of its rich smooth spicy flavor of walnuts, clove, vanilla and cinnamon but it must sit in the sun for 40 days and 40 nights as the first step in making it! Pour a glass and serve alongside creamy > read more

"Taste of Italy" New Episode on YouTube: A Walk Thru the Rows of 400 Heirloom Tomatoes

07/05/2014 09:23:14 AM

Watch the latest video in our webseries of shorts "Taste of Italy"! A walk through our 400 tomatoes in 12 heirloom varieties at our farm (agriturismo) in Le Marche, Italy. > read more

Podcast & Photos: A Rustic Farmhouse Wedding in Italy

07/03/2014 05:42:24 AM

We're back after a June hiatus with an update on the farmhouse and happening in the area. We recap the past month and beautiful wedding and festivities we hosted as well as what it's like watching the World Cup in small town, Italy! Ashley recreat > read more

World Cup Mania in Small Town Italy - Forza Italia!!

06/24/2014 05:39:11 AM

As the temperatures rise, so does the excitement of the 2014 World Cup in our tiny town of Piobbico. Each match is televised on the streets and it's a surely a scene not to miss. In a village of 2,000 there are 3 bars and 4 TVs showing the matches. T > read more

Good Organic Gardening: Living the Dream (Growing & Cooking on an Italian Farm)

06/19/2014 04:57:10 AM

Here' a very nice piece about our garden & Jason's theory on cooking in this lovely Australian magazine "Good Organic Gardening." The four page article, written by Sandy Moore, an Australian guest, beautifully shares our story & a few of my photos in > read more

Light, Floral & Lemony Elderflower Syrup, Just Add Sparkling Water, Prosecco or Gin!

06/14/2014 03:39:22 AM

Elderflowers or fiori di sambuco are in bloom in Italy! This flower from the elderberry tree makes a lovely light floral lemonade-like flavored syrup to be added to drinks (sparking water, vodka, gin or grappa), desserts or sorbets - depending on > read more

Wild Cherry Liquor from Le Marche, Visciolino

06/09/2014 06:53:48 AM

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{Video} Taste of Italy: Porchetta - Whole Pig, Slow Roasted (The Original Food Truck)

06/06/2014 09:54:53 AM

Porchetta is one of our most favorite things! A whole pig, de-boned, filled with herbs like wild fennel and rosemary, rolled back up and then slow roasted...what's not to like?! This slice of heaven can be found at the weekly markets in Le Marche! Ja > read more

Podcast from Italy: Local Elections, Wine Tasting, The PH Factor and SlowFood

05/31/2014 23:00:00 PM

After an update on the weather and the garden we dive into a discussion on PH and Jason's new interest in micro-nutrients in soil and 'listening' to the plants. This Spring the farmhouse has been all a flutter with baby birds and nests in the tree > read more

Warm Salad of Artichokes, Potatoes, Asparagus & Artichokes

05/30/2014 01:00:04 AM

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade and when the garden is producing kilos of fava and neighbors deliver homegrown artichokes and asparagus we make this delicious warm salad! It's a shame to call is a 'potato salad' but when I asked a h > read more

Video & Recipe: Beer Batter for Light & Crispy Elderflowers & Squash Blossoms, Spring Cooking Class in Italy

05/28/2014 05:03:30 AM

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Photo/Video Progression of the Baby Birds in the Windowsill:

05/21/2014 04:07:49 AM

All six blues eggs hatched into tini-tiny fluffy (kinda ugly) baby birds! It has taken a few weeks for their feathers to come in and we've been watching them carefully. > read more

Podcast from Italy: Wine, Wi-fi and Citizenship

05/06/2014 09:41:30 AM

seeds started for the gardenBack after a whirlwind of Italian Spring holidays from Easter to Labor Day - four holidays in two weeks! A story on our latest drama with getting our citizenship, a garden update and discussion on offering wi-fi to gues > read more

Video: Refilling the Cantina - Vineyard Visits & Bottling Wine in Le Marche, Italy

05/04/2014 01:00:00 AM

On an overcast April afternoon we bottled hundreds of liters of wine from Le Marche with our guests! Every Spring we refill our cantina with local wine: lacrima, verdicchio, > read more

Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine "Cook Pesant Food in Italy" at La Tavola Marche

04/30/2014 06:30:38 AM

In a recent issue of Lonely Planet Traveler Magazine "52 Weekends Away" our very own La Tavola Marche was included at #49, "Cook Peasant Food in Italy"!Here's an excerpt:"The cucina povera (‘peasant food’) of rural Italy is an especially appealin > read more

If It Grows Together, It Goes Together: Radish & Strawberry Salad

04/27/2014 00:00:08 AM

This radish & strawberry salad certainly strays from the traditional dishes of Le Marche however is a perfect example of the philosophy "if it grows together, it goes together." The crunchy peppery radishes compliment the sweet juicy strawberries, ad > read more

4th Annual Forage, Slaughter & Butchery Course in Italy (October & November 2014)

04/25/2014 09:55:34 AM

The Annual Forage, Slaughter & Butchery Course at La Tavola Marche yet again asks brave culinary travelers to forage, slaughter and butcher their meal... while on holiday in Italy. Inspired by Michael Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma the farm teaches stud > read more

Look What I Found in the Windowsill...New Guests!!

04/24/2014 11:50:40 AM

Every spring our farmhouse is a pit-stop for small migrating birds travelling North from South Africa. We live in some sort of episode of National Geographics - from the small song birds & swallows to massive cranes and falcons/hawks to our live-in c > read more

Buona Pasqua - A Podcast from Italy!

04/19/2014 23:00:07 PM

Happy Easter - Buona Pasqua to all our friends and family out there!To celebrate this year we are eating with friends, this will be the first year in many that Jason is not stuck in kitchen! Finally, we have posted another podcast - it's up on iTunes > read more

A Pre Easter Party Celebrating Self-Sustainability...& the Blues!

04/18/2014 09:38:58 AM

Last weekend we were invited to our friends pig farm to celebrate the publication of Italian Chef, Ivan Fantini's new book on self-sustainability. More than just a "0 km" diet (which this chef despises the term) it's about eating what you grow/what n > read more

Rustic Italian Tart with Fresh Strawberries, Topped with Mascarpone

04/13/2014 01:28:00 AM

Traditionally made with marmalade, this rustic tart is found kept under a kitchen towel in most homes in our area. > read more

LIVE from ITALY Online Cooking Class: Arugula Pesto & Rustic Tart with Strawberries

04/09/2014 03:44:31 AM

In the last 'regularly schedule online class' of the season we are cooking a lovely light spring/summer lunch of Arugula & Walnut Pesto with Fresh Pasta and a Rustic Tart with Strawberries and Cream.For a peppery twist, update your pesto recipe with > read more

Knife in Hand: Whole Hog Master Butchery Course in Italy, May 23-26 2014

03/27/2014 11:10:10 AM

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LIVE from ITALY Online Cooking Class: Artichoke Risotto & Fava Crostini

03/26/2014 17:40:11 PM

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Only in Italy...Military Issued, Cheese Grater

03/25/2014 09:06:35 AM

For those times during battle when you just can’t go without grated Parmesan over your pasta, the Italian Army and Cantoni designed this rustic yet hardy cheese or bread grater - meant to stand the test of time! There may be a war, but that’s no > read more

{Podcast from Italy} 5 Foods That Taste Better IN Italy and 1 Cook's Opinion on "Culinary Charlatans"

03/23/2014 10:47:27 AM

Some things just taste better in Italy...mortadella is a perfect example!This week's podcast is late - sorry!! We are back to work, readying the garden, turning the soil, burning the hills and preparing for guests to arrive. We brought home 12 new > read more

5 Favorite Places to Eat FISH in Fano on Any Budget

03/19/2014 05:45:26 AM

We live in the foothills of the Apennines, the kingdom of pork and rich meaty dishes from the mountains, so when we want to eat-out in Le Marche where do we go from something different...Fano for pesce fish of course!Fano is the ancient Roman seaside > read more

"Made in Le Marche" Holiday in Italy (May 2014) DOC Wine, Craft Beer, Artisan Meat & Cheese + Cooking Classes!

03/16/2014 03:13:24 AM

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LIVE from ITALY Online Cooking Class: Prep for Easter with Spring Veg Soup & Roasted Lamb

03/12/2014 05:21:54 AM

LIVE from ITALY: Online Cooking Classes Sunday, March 16th Prepping for your Easter Menu! This week’s Live! online class from La Tavola Marche, we will prep for Easter with Spring Vegetable Soup and Roasted Roman Spring Lamb. A lovely spring soup > read more

Add This to Your Easter Menu: Roman Spring Lamb, Roasted with Potatoes & Wine

03/09/2014 08:45:00 AM

Planning ahead for a big Easter lunch, here's a favorite dish of Spring Lamb with Potatoes & White Wine - good every time! The recipe is adapted from one of our favorite Italian cookbooks, The Silver Spoon. Have you ever cooked lamb before? Have ques > read more

A Podcast from Italy and A Podcast about Italy

03/08/2014 03:16:01 AM

This week's Podcast from Italy is short and sweet - the best part is definitely the song at the end! Morning hikes (photo above), a hen attacked by a hawk & Jason saves the day, festa delle donne and what happens when we run out of coffee...a short > read more

LIVE from ITALY Online Cooking Class: Stock, Frittata & Mussels in White Wine

03/04/2014 03:31:25 AM

LIVE from ITALY: Online Cooking Class, Sunday March 9thDuring this week’s La Tavola Marche LIVE Online Cooking Class - get ready to make the house smell incredible! We will make a classic brodo from Le Marche or Stock with Chicken & Beef Bones alon > read more

Mornings in Le Marche - Nature Photos

03/02/2014 03:37:33 AM

A few photos from our recent morning hikes (minus all the deer & rabbits that are too quick to photograph), in the shadow of Monte Nerone and atop Monte Ruperto we explore the foothills of the Apennines from it's rugged peaks & truffle rich woods to > read more

How to Make a Perfect Paper Thin Frittata WITHOUT the Flip!

03/01/2014 07:44:40 AM

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It's that time of year...the kitchen smells like citrus!

02/26/2014 13:04:00 PM

Jason came home yesterday with 10 kilos of blood oranges and another 14 kilo of lemons - I've been zesting/peeling/skinning citrus for hours! > read more

Podcast from Italy: Italian Idioms & Where to Eat in Fano

02/26/2014 07:52:35 AM

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Contest Follow-Up...

02/25/2014 07:29:02 AM

We just wanted to thank all of you that took the time to register and vote on for The Homies Awards and "Best Blog from Abroad". At 5am when voting ended we were in 5th place with 104 votes incredibly all thanks to you!! However....come > read more

The BEST Pork Sandwich Ever, Found at a Road-Side Food-Truck in Le Marche Italy

02/22/2014 04:58:44 AM

This post is a year plus in the making...During the fall of 2012 on a gorgeous crisp Autumn Sunday, we took the back roads through northern Le Marche with no destination in mind - just heading south through the foothills of the Apennines, meandering > read more

Only 24 hours left... and we need a little of your help!

02/21/2014 12:47:23 PM

This is a total shameless plug but we need your help!! In total shock we have been nominated by The Kitchn (one of the Internet’s larger food sites) for an annual award as part of their “Homies” awards. > read more

LIVE from ITALY Online Cooking Class: Fennel 2 Ways & Pasta Amatriciana

02/21/2014 07:58:30 AM

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Podcast from Italy: Caves, Cardoons & Confit

02/19/2014 09:41:05 AM

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LIVE from ITALY | Online Cooking Class: Braised Rabbit & Roasted Potatoes

02/12/2014 15:52:21 PM

LIVE from ITALY - Online Cooking Classes Sunday, February 16, 2014This week La Tavola Marche’s LIVE Online Cooking Class again asks students/viewers to cook outside the box with Braised Rabbit Hunter’s Style and Roasted Potatoes with Rosemary. ( > read more

Leftovers: Make the House Smell Like Campfire Pork Fat with Spit Roasted Pigeon & Pancetta

02/10/2014 05:49:26 AM

Sometimes a recipe is just too good to only post once - and since Gaggi recently visited and we shared a dinner of his bounty from the now closed hunting season - I thought it'd be perfect timing to repost this: > read more

Recipe: Perfect Roasted Potatoes with Rosemary

02/02/2014 09:46:41 AM

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{Podcast from Italy} Attention Dice & Card Sharks, Gambling & Games Are Prohibited at Local Bars

01/30/2014 06:49:05 AM

This weeks podcast is uber-focused on our tiny village of Piobbico - Jason becomes a local weatherman and we breakdown/review the four bars found in Piobbico. Plus we issue a warning on prohibited card and dice games in town (photo above). Ashley > read more

Recipe: Braised Rabbit Hunter's Style "alla Cacciatore"

01/27/2014 08:36:42 AM

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{Podcast from Italy} #66 - Italian Delicacies Foreigners Find Hard to Stomach and Your Questions Answered!

01/25/2014 04:55:17 AM

Coppa di testa made our list of Italian delicacies that foreigners think are strange! photo courtesy of Gola.itThis week's podcast is jam packed!! We chat about our upcoming online LIVE cooking classes and give an update on our salami & sausage maki > read more

Sunday, January 26 - LIVE from ITALY | Online Cooking Class: Comfort Food

01/21/2014 01:46:22 AM

LIVE from ITALY: Online Cooking Class Sunday, January 26, 2014 This week La Tavola Marche’s LIVE Online Cooking Class is all about local comfort food. A creamy pasta sauce with sausages and carrots along side baked vegetables with bread crumbs wi > read more

"La Moretta" - Caffè with Liquor + Twist of Lemon

01/19/2014 06:01:23 AM

Moretta Fanese or better known in these parts as "la moretta" is a local specialty of caffè spiked with liquor (a mix of anise, rum and brandy), sweetened with sugar and the signature twist of lemon! Moretta Fanese was born in the seaside villag > read more

{Podcast from Italy} Field Trip & What’s up with Facebook?!

01/16/2014 05:14:02 AM

Vittorio, il maestro.During a two part podcast, we fire up the mics > read more

LIVE from ITALY: Online Cooking Class 19 January, Featuring FISH!

01/11/2014 04:01:25 AM

La Tavola Marche's next LIVE from ITALY: Online Cooking Class is Sunday, January 19th - direct from our kitchen in Le Marche!The class will focus on not only the recipes at hand but the technique and theories behind each dish. > read more

Podcast from Italy & 30 Second Video - Festa della Befana in Le Marche

01/09/2014 05:59:10 AM

This week's Podcast from Italy we recap of the Festa della Befana festivities in Urbania! Jason and I shot video and did a few 'man on the street' interviews with locals and talk about traditional foods served at the festival each year. > read more

Spring Cooking Holiday: Wild Edibles & Bottling Wine 24 - 28 April 2014

01/06/2014 07:16:53 AM

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