Easy Stove Top Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant Parmesan Parmigiana

While traveling through Italy, eggplant Parmesan became one of my favorite dishes. Whether in Northern or Southern Italy, a version of this dish is on most menus. Interestingly though, eggplant Parmesan (or melanzane parmigiana) is typically served as an appetizer dish. It is most often baked in the oven like a lasagna, but I’ve adapted … Read more

Lake Bled – A Storybook Day Trip from Ljubljana, Slovenia

Lake Bled Slovenia

Lake Bled is one of those places that you visit and wonder, “how long have I been walking around with my eyes wide open and my jaw on the ground?” It’s simply stunning, or at least during the summer when we were there. We visited┬áthe picturesque lake with its backdrop of stark mountains and hillsides … Read more

Croatian Bean and Sausage Soup (Grah)

Croatian Bean and Sausage Stew

We came across this thick smokey bean soup when traveling through Croatia. Grah translates literally to “bean” which is the principle ingredient. The soup (or stew) gets its rich flavor from smoked meat and paprika. and has is a thick consistency (like a chili). It can be made in about 45 minutes if you save a little … Read more

Italian Fresh Herb Frittata

Italian Herb Frittata

  The fresh herb frittata is a typical dish from Italy’s Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. It was prepared for us by a local chef who used herbs that he found growing in the surrounding farm. He used a combination of fresh fennel, dill, mint, hops, sage and chives to make the simple dish as an appetizer. … Read more

Villa Lante di Bagnaia, Viterbo Province Italy

Villa Lanta Bagnaia Italy

Bagnaia is a little gem of a village just 78 kilometers (48 miles) north of Rome. There are several reasons to consider a visit to this small village in the Italy’s Viterbo┬áprovince, including the important fact that very few people do. After fighting the crowds to get a peek at Italy’s most visited attractions, a … Read more

Harvest Salad with Fresh Horseradish

Apple Harvest Salad with Edam Cheese, Green Apple, Caramelized Carrots and Red Bell Pepper and Fresh Grated Horseradish

This warm harvest salad recipe was inspired by our first visit to the Friuli Venezia Giulia region in Italy. We visited several vintners during our stay, including the Gravner Winery, on the border between Italy and Slovenia. Here we learned about their unorthodox methods for producing wine. While we sampled their spectacular wine we were also … Read more

Our Recommendations – What We Have In Our Pack

Recommended Travel Gear

After 2 years of traveling full-time, we have more travel under our belts than most. And during that time we’ve come up with a few things that make travel easier and more convenient for us. Below are links to products that we use and recommend.  Jen: The primary bag that we both use is the eBags … Read more

Simple Tomato Sauce

Simple Tomato Sauce Recipe

Everyone needs a good basic tomato sauce recipe. We’ve experimented with our version over the years and perfected it during a recent trip through Italy. We took a lot of cooking classes during our time there including this one in Rome – Cooking with Nonna (Grandmother). In each region that we visited, Nonnas were cooking … Read more

Discovering Orange Wine at Gravner Winery

fruili venezia guilia italy

Today I drank wine – not unusual for me, but there were many things about today that were. Unusual, touching, heartbreaking, inspiring, and unforgettable are all words that come to mind. As I look back through the events of the day, I can feel myself begin to smile. At the start of the day, as … Read more

Curried Vegetables in a Tomato Gravy with Poached Eggs

Curried Vegetables with Poached Eggs

This recipe is inspired by the flavors of the middle east. I really enjoy shukshuka, an Israeli recipe with poached eggs in a tomato sauce served with fresh bread for dipping. This version adds more vegetables and curry for a heartier dish that’s bursting with flavor. If you enjoy curry and are looking for a … Read more