“Sushi?” Asks She. “Um, Yes,” Says Me.

We’re still snowed in. We are slightly rationing the propane because although we have a couple of weeks worth, we’re not sure when the tanker will be able to make it down the driveway. We had an earthquake this morning. The dogs are restless. So am I.

And in the midst of all of that, Sweet Baby G asks a simple question: “How about I make us some sushi for lunch?”

Why, yes. What a great idea. FAN. TAS. TIC.


Huevos Rancheros, Tutto Doppio Style

Winter has really arrived here at the farm. The wind is blowing the snow around, and it’s coooooold outside.

And when the weather turns bad, we turn food crazy. Today’s main event is huevos rancheros (rancher eggs) with refried lentils spiked with Sweet Baby’s G’s salsa. Here’s the gist:

  • Handmade tortillas, cooked gently on a cast iron skillet, then lightly fried in a bit of olive oil (just until they firm up, but short of crispy)
  • Eggs fried over easy, smothered in homemade red enchilada sauce
  • Thrice cooked refried lentils spiked with SBG’s homemade salsa

We washed it down with a bit of Simone Capecci’s Tufilla (passerina) wine — totally delicious! We will definitely be making these again!


Puzzle Gastronomico!

Every year our little town hosts a three-day food fest (also known as a sagra). We made it up to town tonight and were rewarded by lots of friendly people and some tasty food: homemade chips and fried bits of fish with red beer, north African “empanadas” and stuffed veggies, and a local faro and bean soup!

When are you coming to visit?!?


Hydromassage Installation, Le Marche Style

Wasting money is un peccato in Italy, and especially in Le Marche. See how our workers (friends) solved the problem when a fancy pants crane operator wanted an arm and a leg to move the hot tub from our (admittedly steep) driveway to the spot overlooking the vineyard. Thanks, Moreno & Andrea!


Step By Step

The last* big chunk of the TD landscaping is moving along, despite the lateness of the calendar. December has been mild and dry so far, and that means that the TD overhaul team is still working. (At least cement maestro Marco is.)

This afternoon a big cement truck and pumping truck made their way down the driveway. In no time, they were pumping thick, wet cement into the forms that Marco had set up.  This corner of the house has always been a problem area, but we are starting to see just how nice things will be… soon.

* Ha! Sometimes I crack me up.




We don’t have cable or satellite or even a TV.  But that doesn’t mean a gal can’t enjoy a little digital entertainment on a rainy winter day.


Pane Buono


I don’t want to jinx it, but I think I’m starting to dial in the bread here on the farm.  When will you come give it a taste?