We do eat Italian food, sometimes…

 

I know I post a lot about non-Italian food.  We like Italian food, especially Tuscan.  But really, not all the time, not every meal. 

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Our friend, Grace, makes good Italian food.  Well sure, she would, even though she grew up in America, she was born in Italy and had Italian parents.  This is her manicotti.   Hmmmmm. 

 

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Spring is asparagus time here in Tuscany.  I grill it.  We have fake eggs benedict with asparagus on top.  (a good way to use up all those eggs when Auntie Martha’s Holiday Hen House has guests)

 

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I got on a kick  of cleaning out the freezer and using up what was in there which lead to a baked pasta with asparagus.  Used up the pack of shredded mixed cheese from France.  The package is the shortcut way to make fondue. 

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When I make things like this and

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and trim the rosemary plants so that they are more hedge like, I realize that in the US I probably could not afford to make pasta dishes like that or to throw away that amount of rosemary. 

I can’t imagine what all three of those French cheeses would cost in the US.  And I know that is at least $10 worth of rosemary that I am throwing away.  (the pot is stuffed full of it)   My asparagus is local.  I paid about $3 for that bunch.  What does local North Carolina asparagus cost? 

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Festa and sagra season has started!  Ben and I went by ourselves to one of the first of the season.  Festa delle Rocche in Guazzino. 

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We realized that we have been coming to this one since 2008.  We have watched this young woman grow up!  Every year, working with her father, serving tables at a community event.  What wonderful lessons she learned, what wonderful memories they will have together.  That is one of the things about going to the festas that make them so special for us.  Truly a local event that is welcoming to outsiders and there is good food too.

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Another father/daughter team.  I am fairly sure that his wife/Momma was working in the kitchen.  I saw her come out and bring him a roll with prosciutto stuffed in it.  No one else got that treatment. 

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Probably won’t see something like this in the US. 

 

In years past this event has had a very limited menu.  There must have been more volunteers this year.  Just a little bigger than in the past.

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The night we were there it was fresh pasta instead of a dried one that was being offered on the menu.  This is a big change, there is a pasta dish that a vegetarian would eat.

 

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Another change, the antipasto which in the past has always had a crostini with cream cheese and chopped peanuts did not have that one this year.  We have noticed that being aware of food allergies has become more the norm, even here in rural Tuscany. 

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As you can see the steak is still tasty.  We managed to have enough left over for steak subs the next day. 

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Who’s the happy man??????

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