Explore Umbria and/or Le Marche with Mama Margaret: Cooking, Fine Wines, Hill Town Jewels, Seaside, Meeting Local People In Authentic Experiences Aug 31-Sep 11

Join me, five delightful repeat clients and one of my long time Italy tour hosts on an extraordinary gastronomic journey with authentic life experiences with a cast of local people off the tourist track. Join us for all 11 days or choose to join us for the Umbria tour or the Le Marche tour . […]

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Whole Wheat Rigatoni With Roasted Vegetables

I think this recipe sounds much more appetizing than portrayed in this photo.courtesy: foodandwine.com This delicious sounding recipe from foodandwine.com takes about 90 minutes to make, but with ingredients like roasted acorn squash, red onion, plum tomatoes, pine nuts, hot pepper, olives, basil, parsley and pecorino cheese, the taste may be worth the wait. For […]

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A “Don’t Miss” Hill Town In Umbria

Spello, courtesy: neverendingvoyage.com In the golden light of a late June afternoon in Umbria, I looked up awestruck at a walled hill town, its terraces of walls and houses of pink stone glowing in soft peach tones. Little Spello stood regally—what a magnificent sight! Although Spello is just eight km from tourist mecca, Assisi, most […]

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Mama Margaret Is Back! A Phone Call Changed Everything

You thought I’d semi-retired and was no longer accepting bookings off my web site, didn’t you? So did I … until my phone rang on New Year’s Day. A phone call that changed everything, that made me realize that you can take Italy away from the girl (me!) but you can’t take Italy away from […]

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79 Italian Lamb Recipes For Easter Or Any Time

No lamb for Easter dinner in Italy? Unheard of!  Lip-smacking lamb appears on Easter tables from lamb slowly braised with onions and carrots and served with cannellini beans in Tuscany to boiled lamb served with fresh herbs and vegetables in Puglia. Easter in Italy is also a time to celebrate spring and its harvest! Fresh […]

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Roman Style Grilled Lamb Chops

This classic, tasty recipe comes from the site, delallo.com/articles/easter-pasqua-lunch where you’ll find a tantalizing list of Italian Easter appetizer, pasta, lamb and dessert recipes. “Though this classic Easter recipe for lamb originated in Rome, it has long since become a national favorite. The literal translation is “Roasted lamb that burns your fingers”—“scotta” means “burn”, “dito” […]

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Three Romantic Hotels in Southern Italy

Hotel Holiday in Praiano, Amalfi Coast: a romantic escape away from it all Hotel on left and coast view Imagine arriving in your boutique hotel room, the Love Room. Where to start celebrating your love? On the big circular bed sprinkled with fresh red rose petals with a cold bottle of spumante on the bed? […]

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Italian Potato Cake: simple and delicious

This recipe is like an Italian style scalloped potato dish, a way to dress up the simple potato and transform it into a special plate. It comes from my coffee table style book, The Food Of Italy, (page 154), published by Whitecap Books in Canada in 2000. Serves 4 1 small onion, thinly sliced into […]

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Three Hotels To Fire Up Romance In Northern Italy

If I had a sweet man in my life (Romeo, Romeo, where art thou?), what hotels would I entice him to for a romantic little interlude in northern Italy to deepen or spice up our love? I’ve stayed in all these “special to me” hotels. (Stay tuned next week for lovely romantic hotels I’d whisk my […]

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