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Feb 13, 2018

Mardi Gras Treats

It's Mardi Gras, the last day of Carnival in European countries, the day before heading into the austere Lenten season. This generally means indulging one last time before swearing off ...

Jan 10, 2018

Tamales, Tamales!

The tamal or tamale dates back to as early as 7000 BC in pre-columbian history when Aztec women would tag along as cooks during battles. Because battles were long and far from home, sustainable food that was portable and...

Dec 19, 2017

Favorite Christmas Traditions

Are your Christmas traditions as food-centered as ours? I can tell which holiday is being celebrated in my family simply by the meal that is being served! Some of the traditions are ones that go back to my childhood, while others I have added to our family life over the years...

Nov 29, 2017

Three Reasons to Discover Undiscovered Scotland

We've had many, many clients ask us for cooking vacations in the United Kingdom. While the United Kingdom does not scream "culinary destination" at first glance, the fact is it is one of the top places to visit for US travelers. And for our travelers, one of the...

Nov 15, 2017

Food for Thought

What is sustainable agriculture? Sustainable agriculture focuses on the techniques used during the production of food, animals, fiber or other plant products to protect the environment, human communities...

Nov 02, 2017

Homemade Ancient Grain Pasta with "Sugo Finto"

We're visiting one again with our favorite new chef, Andrea of our Living the Real Tuscan Dream cooking vacation. Andrea not only shares his recipes - he shares his passion for food and his knowledge as a food historian....

Oct 30, 2017

Interview with Chianti Host Chef Andrea

In our continuing series of chefs' interviews we're talking today with one of our newest chefs, the wonderful Andrea from Chianti. Andrea considers himself a Chianti culinary "host" - he wants to introduce everyone to the wonders of...

Oct 25, 2017

"Lettuce Turnip the Beet" with Some Vegetable Harvesting

From the moment we set foot on Peppe's 45 acre farm we were blown away by its beautiful colors, perfect air, and the breathtaking mountains in the background. It was truly the reality of...

Oct 18, 2017

What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?

What are you doing this New Year's Eve? And why not spend it in the province of Cádiz, Spain? Our partners for our Insider's Gourmet Tour of Spain are offering an amazing one-time only week December 27-January 2 to ring in the New Year in style...

Oct 11, 2017

Sweet Dreams Are Made of Cheese

We're continuing our walk though the “other” Italy, the hidden villages and pituresque landscapes where your culinary dreams can come true! Last time we talked about the borgo of Bovino, and this time we're traveling down the road for a very special visit...


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