Food Finds

Food finds from around the world, including restaurant reviews, cooking classes, food tours and recipes.

Cold Curried Rice and Shrimp Salad

If you are a fan of yellow curry, then this recipe belongs in your collection. This cold rice salad pairs together spicy yellow curry with crunchy cauliflower and sweet poached shrimp.  It’s an ultimate make-ahead recipe because the flavors combine together and taste even better after spending a night in the fridge. Serve it as either a main […]
Sausage and Asparagus Risotto

Italian Sausage and Asparagus Risotto

Risotto is one of those dishes that every cook needs to have in their collection. This Italian favorite is versatile, pretty easy to make and is elegant enough to serve for a dinner party. With just a few ingredients a little creativity, you can use this recipe as the basis for making your own favorite […]
Curried Shrimp and Cauliflower Salad

Curried Shrimp and Cauliflower Salad

I’m a huge fan of yellow curry and am always looking for new ways to use it. I also appreciate something that I can make ahead and that has the flavors to impress. And if it’s easy to make and doesn’t use a long list of ingredients, then it ends up in the favorite recipe […]
Wine Tasting in Umbria

Wine Tasting in Umbria, Italy

Tuscany gets all the press when it comes to Italian wine. The super-tuscans and brunellos are some of the most well known, and often the most expensive, Italian wines. Next door, the region of Umbria, however, has a long history of cultivating grapes and producing wine. And here’s the secret, they are often available at far […]
Green Lasagna with Bolognese Sauce

Green Lasagna with Ragu Bolognese

Green Lasagna is a classic Italian dish that we first discovered on a trip to Bologna, Italy. Bologna is in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy where Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese is produced. It is also the place where Bolognese sauce (or Ragu) originated. These two ingredients are paired up in this recipe with a white béchamel sauce […]
Bologna Food Tour

Bologna Italy Food Tour – Taste Bologna

When we decided to take a trip to Bologna, Italy the first thing we did was seek out a food tour. It’s a great way to get an introduction to a new place by a foodie expert (so you will already know where to find all of those off the beaten track best places to […]
Tagliatelle Bolognese

Tagliatelle Bolognese – Classic Italian Meat Sauce

The Emilia Romagna region of Italy is known for food. It’s home to Parma where the famous ham originates and Modena, which is famous for its balsamic vinegar. And of course, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese is made in this area. Bologna, the capital of Emilia Romagna, is also famous for bolognese sauce or ragù  bolognese. Traditional bolognese sauce […]
Pasta with chicken, mushroom, tomato and white truffles

Pasta with Chicken, Tomato, Mushroom and White Truffles

While traveling through the Umbria region of Italy, I came across more and more dishes using one of the prized ingredients of this area – white truffles. People seem to have either a strong dislike or an intense love for this pungent ingredient. I fall into the strongly enamored group. Which is one reason I was […]
Acquacotte - Italian Vegetable Soup

Tuscan Vegetable Soup – Acquacotta

Acquacotte – translated from Italian to mean cooked water. This vegetable soup recipe is the Italian version of stone soup. Making something of nothing. Start with a nice colorful stone and water, and then add what you have. A bit of stale bread, some vegetables from the neighbor’s garden, maybe a bit of left over […]
Penne Tomato Arugula Chestnut

Penne with Arugula, Toasted Hazelnuts and Parmesan

In Italy, many of the most delicious dishes are very simple. The key is to use very few ingredients, but most importantly, only the freshest. Here, you cook with the season. This fresh penne pasta dish is tossed simply with farm fresh peppery arugula lettuce, sweet cherry tomatoes, and pan toasted hazelnuts. It’s dressed simply […]