A Homemade Walnut Booze That's Biblical...

A booze that's damn near biblical - not only because of its rich smooth spicy flavor of walnuts, clove, vanilla and cinnamon but i..

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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

"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.

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

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

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

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

Wild Cherry Liquor from Le Marche, Visciolino

06/09/2014 06:53:48 AM

{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

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

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

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

05/28/2014 05:03:30 AM

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.

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

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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

03/27/2014 11:10:10 AM

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

03/26/2014 17:40:11 PM

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

{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

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

"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

"Made in Le Marche" -

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

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

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

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

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

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

03/01/2014 07:44:40 AM

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!

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

02/26/2014 07:52:35 AM

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 TheKitchn.com 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

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

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.

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

02/21/2014 07:58:30 AM

LIVE from ITALY - Online Cooking Class: Sunday, February 23, 2014

Podcast from Italy: Caves, Cardoons & Confit

02/19/2014 09:41:05 AM

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. (

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:

Recipe: Perfect Roasted Potatoes with Rosemary

02/02/2014 09:46:41 AM

{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

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

01/27/2014 08:36:42 AM

{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

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

"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

{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

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.

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.

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

01/06/2014 07:16:53 AM



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