12/08/2013 05:07:34 AM
This is how we start the day on our farm -
12/06/2013 08:14:58 AM
This year we are sharing bottles of my homemade limoncello, always a crowd pleaser, any time of the year!!
12/04/2013 12:06:06 PM
12/02/2013 06:13:07 AM
We always say, it's the little surprises throughout the day that remind us that we live in Italy. You can never have a set schedule or even menu because you just never know what may happen or unexpected adventure will unfold on any given day. People
11/24/2013 10:34:50 AM
Welcome back to our "Podcast from Italy!" After short hiatus during our busy season, we are now back recording our podcast from our farmhouse in Le Marche. This week we recap the end of the season and our annual Forage, Slaughter & Butchery Program (
11/07/2013 00:00:14 AM
10/31/2013 01:00:10 AM
Happy Halloween!! This festive ghoulish holiday is not really celebrated much in Italy (instead they go all out for Carnevale). But at our farmhouse in Le Marche we are still American expats at heart and love to grow tons of varieties of pumpkins for
10/28/2013 07:25:38 AM
Fall on a plate - creamy sweet pumpkin with a hint of nutmeg stuffed into delicate handmade pasta tossed with rich butter and sage. It doesn't get much better than that!
10/20/2013 04:49:42 AM
This year marks the 35th anniversary of what seems like an unlikely pair: truffles and motorcycles.
10/12/2013 03:38:22 AM
It's that time of year when via Candigliano is filled with fall foragers looking mushrooms, truffles and fallen walnuts. Dr. Gaggi arrived at our door with a basket full of fresh walnuts ready to dry. (You can see in the photo below there are a few s
10/08/2013 12:01:11 PM
Baked sweet figs wrapped in salty prosciutto, stuffed with stinky sheep's milk cheese is a sweet andsavory way to start your meal. This is also a perfect example of balancing flavors - (if any of you has taken one of our cooking classes, this is what
10/06/2013 01:49:50 AM
Alogastronomia is a word recently invented in Apecchio - it is the combination of beer (alo) and gastronomy (gastronomia).
09/28/2013 04:03:38 AM
Sign up for our newest cooking class, a little something on the sweeter side - Gelato and Sorbet!
09/26/2013 10:26:35 AM
A night photo of our farmhouse, all the guests are asleep and we are headed to bed....
It may be late, but the commute is a breeze and traffic free! (Walk from the left side of screen/photo to the right where we live in the little house.)
09/14/2013 11:38:12 AM
09/11/2013 10:08:26 AM
Sweet dreams are made of this... Baked spiced figs with creamy vanilla panna cotta is utterly decadent and gorgeous on the plate! During an unseasonably late fig season, we are celebrating with wild green figs from our neighbors tree. I love figs wit
09/08/2013 11:06:07 AM
With over 400 tomato plants in 12 varieties, needless to say, we love pomodori! However you can't eat them all at once - so we preserve our tomatoes a few different ways to extended their season and flavor long into winter.
09/05/2013 17:00:00 PM
We've been digging up potatoes for a month now, but it's time for the potato harvest on our farm in Le Marche. I grabbed the iPad and shot a quick video of Jason and Gaggi unearthing our potatoes for the season - over 100 kilos (more than 200lbs) in
09/04/2013 05:45:36 AM
On his way home from town, Jason was stopped by a friendly neighbor offering a gift of fall - fresh clipped grapes! When he asked what type they were, Olavio smiled his crooked smile (missing a few teeth) and said, "il nostro" ours. Well, it's as sim
09/02/2013 06:46:35 AM
The hens are back to producing eggs daily, and we're back with the latest podcast from Italy! It's the first Sunday of September and we've got a
little time away from the guests and garden to answer your burning
questions, from our favorite tomato
08/16/2013 09:13:18 AM
Pizza & beer, peanut butter & jelly, bread & butter, some things just go together! In this local recipe from Pesaro (Le Marche) Italy beer is used instead of sugar.
08/04/2013 23:00:09 PM
08/03/2013 10:46:46 AM
Summer is festival season is in full swing in Italy!
Here are a few photos from one of our favorite festivals in Piandimeleto!
If you are visiting Le Marche this summer check out Marche in Festa
07/31/2013 01:00:08 AM
10 Things We Love About Italy from The Perennial Plate on Vimeo.
Our friends Daniel and Mirra, (James Beard) award winning filmmakers from Perennial Plate have just released their latest short food-travel film and this time its all about Italy. Wat
07/29/2013 10:10:01 AM
We affectionately call this dish 'pork wrapped pork'!
07/23/2013 03:54:36 AM
Ashley & Jason Bartner photo by Alessandro Moggi
07/22/2013 03:44:21 AM
A look at what an average day is like from sunrise to sunset running a
farm, inn and cooking school. Jason shares the recipe for one of our
favorite dishes of the season!
Click here for the recipe mentioned in the podcast: Grilled Eggplant with Fr
07/07/2013 04:51:30 AM
It's a beautiful July morning in Le Marche and we were able to
squeeze in a little time for a podcast this Sunday. Let the great debate begin -
07/04/2013 06:59:45 AM
Visiting the garden for ingredients during our cooking classes becomes an impromptu lesson in gardening, growing and veggie sex! Do you know which zucchini flower is male or female?
The female plants have a little zucchini attached, whereas the m
07/02/2013 13:00:11 PM
06/27/2013 04:13:58 AM
Summer in Italy means gelato, and lots of it! However we don't have an icecream machine and in our house, homemade semifreddo is just as good - plus any dessert that doesn't need the oven on is an added bonus!
06/22/2013 03:48:53 AM
06/17/2013 03:41:56 AM
Buon giorno - good morning!! A gorgeous shot of the sun rising above over our farm.
06/15/2013 09:21:53 AM
06/12/2013 10:13:23 AM
Simply delicious. Ever since visiting a family-run seafood restaurant along the Adriatic we have been recreating this simple dish of roasted peppers and tuna.
06/10/2013 09:33:36 AM
06/06/2013 05:13:26 AM
The 13th Century castle stands small but proud, just like the people that live below it's ancient walls in the idyllic farming village of Piobbico (Le Marche, Italy).
The castle was altered and transformed in 1573-1587 into a beautiful Renaissance
06/04/2013 10:49:41 AM
Photos of the locals from Piobbico i Piobbichese, preparing our sweet village for la fiorita!
05/28/2013 05:25:16 AM
Every year we visit our favorite winemakers to collect hundreds of
liters of wine for guests in glass demijohns. In this short film we visit 3 vineyards and
winemakers, buying 600 liters of loose wine or vino sfuso and then
return to our farm to b
05/16/2013 02:39:22 AM
Long after a hard day's work in the garden and cleaning the pool we fired up the mics to record a great podcast! This week Jason and I recanted our most recent "Feel like a Local" Friday's in Apecchio (which sent us on a grappa tangent!) Then we went
05/12/2013 09:13:07 AM
Growing up on frozen peas, I had no idea what it tasted like to open a pea pod and pop fresh peas in my mouth on a sunny day. Now I savor spring days and dishes filled with spring peas; topped on crostini with ricotta, stuffed in ravioli, simply saut
05/08/2013 05:01:46 AM
Urbania (Le Marche)
Another rainy spring day in Le Marche, our garden is too wet to work in so we thought we'd record a new podcast update on what's going on in our neck of the woods this week. We recapped the Primo Maggio pranzo/lunch and InRock a
05/06/2013 06:58:22 AM
During a hands-on cooking class at La Tavola Marche (farm, inn &
cooking school) in Le Marche, Italy guests forage for wild greens in the
field in front of our 300 year old farmhouse (agriturismo). Jason helps
guests identify the different edibles
05/03/2013 08:01:49 AM
Labor Day in Italy is celebrated on May 1st or Primo Maggio so we thought it would only be fitting to invite a few of the neighbors that help us so much over for a lovely lunch! All the usual suspects/stars of the "A Tale of 3 Tractors" video where i
04/30/2013 05:48:27 AM
This has been another busy week - from cleaning & bottling over 600 bottles of wine to cooking classes and prepping the garden/farm for
summer's crops. After we recap the week Jason interviews our first
stage (Chef apprentice) about his new discove
04/28/2013 08:23:43 AM
04/27/2013 01:45:46 AM
Buon giorno! Good morning, on this sunny Spring day in Le Marche! We are busy preparing the field for our summer crops and just wanted to share this slice of life photo of the good Dr. Gaggi.
04/25/2013 03:00:33 AM
Join Chef Jason and Master Butcher Carlo for an afternoon butchering a whole hog! The day starts with a tour of the farm and their 60+ antique breed of pig (cinta senese) that live a great happy life grazing in fields of fava and then move under the
04/22/2013 00:00:06 AM
This is hands-down delicious and one of my favorite ways to use spring greens!
04/21/2013 03:22:38 AM
It's been a whirlwind of a week with the sound of diesel engine tractors echoing through the valley as all the farmers prepare their land for summer crops. Jason 'got the memo' it was time as well and called up our friends with tractors since we don'
04/19/2013 04:53:54 AM
Our "Spring in the Garden" series continues! A short & pretty gardening video on how to easily transplant seedlings starring our lovely friend & neighbor Caroline. In the video we are transplanting
tomato seedlings for our organic farm where we grow
04/17/2013 04:12:20 AM
Ahhh Spring has finally sprung! This week we answer your listener
questions about what we do in our down-time and off-season. We're
picking wild spring greens almost daily from the fields surrounding our
farm and making risotto, stuffed pasta, cro
04/13/2013 07:48:07 AM
A short film on butchery & charcuterie in Italy. A visit to Carlo & Gigia's cinta senese (antique breed) pig farm outside Urbino (Le Marche) we butcher a pig and make cured pancetta.Music by Fats Waller "All that Meat and No Potatoes"For information
04/12/2013 08:09:51 AM
Eat your wild greens!
04/09/2013 03:24:45 AM
The pizza dough recipe from our weekly pizza nights & cooking classes!
04/04/2013 06:58:19 AM
If you like to cook/bake with wine, olive oil & sambuca - this is the dessert for you!
A favorite dessert at our farmhouse is la rocciata
- a rustic apple roll stuffed with pine nuts, walnuts, cinnamon
& golden raisins. Don't me mislead - the tra
04/03/2013 03:37:53 AM
This week we foraged for wild radicchio with our guests & made crostini, pasta and risotto with the greens we picked in the fields surrounding our farmhouse. Hopefully it will dry out a bit and next week snip young stinging nettle to fill ravioli.
03/30/2013 12:46:33 PM
03/26/2013 05:14:37 AM
03/18/2013 10:42:31 AM
During a blustery windy day Jason & Ashley test out their new audio equipment and chat about 3 days til
guests arrive, corned beef for St. Patty's Day and starting seeds for
the garden (Watch our *VIDEO*: How to Start Heirloom Tomato Seeds)
03/15/2013 07:25:03 AM
In our latest video we show how to start seeds from a packet. Jason & our friend Caroline start heirloom
tomato seeds (about 12 varieties) for our farm in Le Marche, Italy.
03/12/2013 12:52:49 PM
"Your house smells like campfire pork fat. I like it!" my girlfriend Theresa recently told Jason and I. Well it's one of the best compliments you can hear as a Chef! It could be we are always grilling and cooking in the kitchen fireplace. The spit ro
03/07/2013 03:48:19 AM
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 drie
03/07/2013 00:00:12 AM
03/05/2013 04:53:43 AM
Pizza Night at La Tavola Marche, a mix of locals & guests from around the world dine together under the stars.
03/02/2013 01:10:22 AM
02/24/2013 02:36:11 AM
Last night's snow was beautiful! We grabbed the camera, tripod and a flashlight and trudged into the storm, capturing a few cool images of our front yard and farmhouse in the falling snow.
02/22/2013 09:34:39 AM
This week's podcast is for those of you contemplating a move to Italy
& have a million questions about what to do, where to begin and how
to wrap your head around it all!!
02/21/2013 03:29:49 AM
Amatriciana is a simple, delicious sauce you can make while the water for your pasta is boiling! Move over regular old ragu because this savory porky tomato sauce is my favorite go-to winter sugo (pasta sauce)!
02/14/2013 01:26:22 AM
We've recorded our podcast while on a boat floating along Adriatic & Ionian Sea heading to Greece! No breaking news
02/06/2013 08:35:34 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 seems t
02/02/2013 06:39:20 AM
What's the best part of waking up in Italy? A proper Italian caffè! This short film shows you how to use and clean for a Moka to make Italian coffee (caffè, macchiato & cappuccino) at home. The Moka is the most widely used home coffee maker in Ital
02/01/2013 12:26:20 PM
I just simply wanted to share the spectacular colors of last night's sunset. Yesterday, we spent the day at our friend's Carlo & Gigia farm outside of Urbino butchering & processing 3 cinta sinese pigs. Our hard work was rewarded with a delicious din
01/25/2013 01:09:22 AM
01/22/2013 07:41:21 AM
Brighten your bleak winter days with this colorful healthy salad of beets, citrus and whatever you've got!
01/20/2013 09:03:28 AM
During the winter we try to take lots of day trips - we've recently
visited a restaurant convention of sorts in Rimini (filled with tasty samples & expensive equipment) and took a step back
in time in Ostra (with a visit to a woodworking shop/museu
01/18/2013 05:10:55 AM
Two Italians from Le Marche (Vittorio & Dott. Gaggi) make 40 kilos of salami and sausages for curing in this short fun video!
01/12/2013 04:52:38 AM
(Photo chosen by our facebook fans!!)
An update on Jason's trials & tribulations of bread baking in a cold stone farmhouse now that he is up to bake number 15:
It's all about consistency. One time it will look great, the
next OK and then not s
01/09/2013 05:56:29 AM
The first thirty kilos of sausages and salami hang from the rafters in our
farmhouse, meat-curing season has officially begun!
01/06/2013 05:40:26 AM
A proper Sunday night stew, rich peppery Peposo. An Italian dish, peposo translates to "peppered" and can be made with any type of tough-cut meat with a bone. In this recipe we use leg of lamb cut into thick steaks but you could also use pork shoulde
01/02/2013 09:26:07 AM
Happy New Year -
12/30/2012 06:07:05 AM
12/26/2012 04:19:30 AM
An update on Jason's winter project of bread baking with a natural starter. The latest loaves are spot on! So here's what's changed, in Jason words (a cook who hates to measure precisely): I controlled everything a lot better especially the temperatu
12/24/2012 00:53:23 AM
'Tis the season for chopping wood, cracklings fires, baking bread, slow roasted meats and rich buttery desserts!
Holiday Greetings from your friends in snowy Le Marche, Italy
Auguri ~ Ashley & Jason Bartner
12/21/2012 04:05:09 AM
Christmas celebrated in Le Marche, Italy is not complete without a heart-warming bowl of cappelletti in brodo or little stuffed hats in broth. I was once told is a dish served for only
those you love because it takes so much time & patience to make!
12/16/2012 00:00:07 AM
12/12/2012 04:23:21 AM
12/08/2012 23:00:08 PM
So where do we like to go when Jason wants a night off from cooking? If it's not to the sea for fish then it's the 'hunter's hideaway' high up in the hills above neighboring Apecchio.
12/07/2012 05:45:37 AM
The November/December 2013 issue of Tastes of Italia includes a lovely article about Jason and I living in Le Marche during the holidays and a few of our tried and true Christmas recipes.
12/01/2012 01:00:10 AM
A rainy day podcast, we recap Thanksgiving and helping a neighbor
build a greenhouse. As usual the conversation turns to food with an
update on Jason's bread starter, born and raised here in Le Marche plus
talks of a 'secret' lunch spot, the hunte
11/28/2012 10:36:30 AM
Instead of boring ol' potatoes why not try something different and roast root vegetables.
11/22/2012 03:10:50 AM
It's not all sunny days, cock-a-doodle doo's and farm fresh eggs when raising chickens on a farm, there is the cold hard truth, death is inevitable. Either by our hands or the teeth of a wild beast our hens meet their demise every winter. I know I am
11/19/2012 09:02:39 AM
Still smiling at the end of another crazy season!
This week we chat about closing down the house for
winter now that the guests are gone, road tripping through Europe and the dirty deed of slaughtering chickens. Then we turn the conversation
11/18/2012 01:00:03 AM
It's not too late to finalize your Thanksgiving menu with some drool-worthy recipes in The Best Thanksgiving Recipes from The Best Bloggers!
11/17/2012 01:39:16 AM
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10/28/2012 03:22:15 AM
After a summer hiatus, we are back chatting about life in Le Marche on their farm.
This week: "What Grows Together Goes Together" Jason talks about cooking
seasonally and shares a seasonal truffle recipe, answering the
question: "How do you cook truffles?"
We talk about local festivals like the "Sturgis of Italy" and the
truffle festivals in Le Marche throughout November, making fresh
sausages for the hunters and beginning to prepare for winter.
10/26/2012 03:30:27 AM
I just had my first radio interview!! It was on The How to Tour Italy Radio show and all about this beautiful region of Le Marche and recent fall festivals. The program is a dedicated resource where
you can meet the people that will make your next trip to Italy amazing. The host of the show, Anthony Capozzoli is energetic and simply put "a guy that loves Italy."
10/21/2012 08:36:39 AM