Tag Archives: Food

A cake of questionable taste

Italy continues to amaze me.

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This Little Piggy Went…

Does it sound funny to say that people around here take their pigs pretty seriously?Italians are such dedicated carnivores that they have invented countless ways to make otherwise inedible parts of their livestock impossibly tasty. We are now at the … Continue reading

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One way to carve a turkey: a Thanksgiving drama in two acts

I volunteered to organize a Thanksgiving dinner in Anghiari this year (albeit on Sunday as opposed to the usual Thursday celebration). I arrived at the butcher to procure my pre-ordered turkey, who met his maker the day earlier. What seemed … Continue reading

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Sagra: Festa della Castagna

Fall has arrived and this past weekend was dedicated entirely to the finding and consuming of chestnuts. On Saturday we collected them in a friend’s castagneto (chesnut tree grove) where a couple of hours of back bending and hand prickling … Continue reading

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Sagra della Polenta, Monterchi

People come to Monterchi from all over the world to see the famous fresco by Piero della Francesca – The Madonna del Parto. What many of them miss, unfortunately, is the Sagra della Polenta, which takes place in the middle … Continue reading

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