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A Taste of the Good Life

A Good Life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often, dream big, laugh a lot and realize how lucky you are!   Oh the Good Life Having lived now in our beautiful Valley for three years I have started to take…

Making Salami at Borgata Malpertus #1

This year we (I mean Sam) are making salami with our friends here in the Borgata. We have done this once before but this time Sam made a hotter Calabrese salami rather than the milder Piemontese one. This is our neighbor Claudio and his son,…
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Living Italy - a day at the fair

What a difference a year can make, now the faces smiling out of the crowd are friends, people I am slowly coming to know. We came to the fair in our village last year and I felt like a tourist, with no real understanding of the lifestyle, heritage…

An Italian Feast - The family embrace us

I think most of you know I don't cook. My New Year's Resolutions were among other things to serve an Italian feast like the one from Under the Tuscan Sun. Mi Amore is a marvelous cook, he can turn his hand to any flavor. We eat each night in…

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