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Franco’s Linguine with Clams

Here’s another favorite of mine from Tuscookany–Franco’s linguine with clams.  This is super easy to make and is ready in no time. I cheated this time and bought fresh pasta at the market…if you’re going to cheat, at least cheat with good fresh pasta. INGREDIENTS LINGUINE WITH CLAMS 1 kg / 2 lb fresh clams 2 cloves garlic, chopped 200 g / 7 oz cherry tomatoes 1/2 tsp chili powder 500 […]

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Home-Made Pasta with Franco’s Tuscan Ragout (Bolognese)

A new Christmas tradition! If you can’t be in Italy, you can cook like you’re in Italy. This year Jake and I went back to Tuscookany and spent a wonderful week with Franco and Paola cooking all of my favorite Italian dishes.  This Tuscan Ragout is so easy to make…and tastes so much better with home-made pasta. Making fresh pasta is a bit time consuming but after one bite, you’ll never […]

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Franco’s Bolognese–Perfect Comfort Food for a Rainy Weekend!

Just looking at this photo makes me hungry for Franco’s Bolognese, or as he calls it, Tuscan Ragout. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love going to Tuscookany , a villa tucked away in the hills outside of Arezzo to spend a week cooking with Franco and Paola. And the field trips we take to Ravagni, a family owned olive oil producer since 1421 and Villa La Ripa, a local […]

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Franco’s Chicken Cacciatore — So Easy…So Good

I’ve been home from Italy for two months and I’m still craving all the great meals Franco taught us how to make at Tuscookany.  This is a photo I took in Italy of his super easy-to-make chicken cacciatore. I was hoping mine would turn out as good–it did! Although I cheated a bit. Franco had us start with whole chickens–complete with a few feathers that we had to torch off, but I had […]

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A Week at Tuscookany and Franco’s Pasta E Fagioli

I spent three weeks eating my way from Lake Como to Rome, but the best part of my trip was a return visit to Tuscookany for more cooking lessons at Torre del Tartufo with Franco. We made so many great meals but first I’ll share Franco’s Pasta E Fagioli–my new favorite soup. I even had more fun this time because my friends, Steve and Jonna, joined me and we had […]

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Cheers To Summer! Celebrate with a Raspberry Basil (Franco) Limoncello Cocktail.

Summer deserves to be celebrated and I have the perfect cocktail for the occasion–a Raspberry Basil (Franco) Limoncello. I’ll explain how Franco fits into this recipe in a minute. And yes, it really does tastes as good as it looks and sounds. Not to mention it’s super simple to make.  I made this Limoncello with our chef, Franco, last fall at Tuscookany and I’ve been saving it for a special occasion and […]

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Franco’s Authentic Italian (BBS) Pizza You Can Make At Home!

Just look at this pizza! Fresh dough, perfectly formed, topped with the perfect amount of tomato sauce and mozzarella, then baked in a wood-burning pizza oven. Doesn’t it make you want to jump on a plane and go to Italy right now?    Good news–you can make this at home. So put away your passport and skip the jet lag. Franco, the chef at Tuscookany, shared his secrets to making a […]

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"10-Day" Stuffed Chicken Breasts

When I posted this photo on Facebook I got a lot of requests for the recipe–and many of my friends wondered what made me stuff chicken with potatoes! The potato stuffing was my ode to the great omelets in Spain that have French Fries in the middle–now that’s one good omelet!  But there’s more to the story of this chicken.   It all started when a lot of my friends went […]

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June Harvest, Garden Maintenance and David at Roger’s Gardens

I always love the first big harvest of the summer season. When I dug up these red potatoes and picked the green beans I knew I was going to make a red potato and green bean salad with vinaigrette dressing–I’ll share the recipe in another blog, but right now I want to tell you about the garden maintenance I did this weekend, and hopefully inspire you to start working on […]

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Mini Mushroom Lasagna inspired by Franco, Tuscookany and Big Night

Doesn’t this look delicious?  I admit, it’s fairly time consuming and yes, there are lots of ingredients, but it’s really easy to make. And after one bite, you’ll agree it’s worth all the effort! It’s just that good.  When I was at my cooking vacation at Torre Del Tartufo, tuscookany.com, Franco, our chef, taught us how to make an authentic porcini lasagna. It was September and porcini mushrooms were abundant and inexpensive and […]

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