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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 …

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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 …

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There are several theories as to how this spicy dish (Pad Keep Mao) earned the name Drunken Noodles. Some claim that the spicy, salty, starchy dish is the perfect cure for a hangover. Other stories hail the noodle dish as the perfect accompaniment to Thai beer. A favorite beer variety here, Chang, is known as having …

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