Italian Apple Cake (Grain and Gluten-Free)

Italian Apple Cake

I was so pleased when Ginny contacted me and asked if I’d like to be part of the blog tour for a brand new book published by her mom’s company: A Family Farm in Tuscany: Recipes and Stories from Fattoria Poggio Alloro. I am definitely a cookbook junkie…and I’m particularly excited about books that celebrate seasonal sustainable foods.

The photos that grace A Family Farm in Tuscany are so dreamy: flipping through them had me seriously contemplating a Tuscan vacation (I’ve never been). I want to go even more after reading the tales and cooking a few of the comforting recipes from the farm featured in the book.

Italian apple cake

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Honey From Our Bees! (And Apple Raisin Challah)

It’s been a little over a year since I started keeping bees.

As I explained in this post back in July of 2011, I knew it was going to be a while before we’d be able to harvest honey from our hive. The bees need to have a good stash to get them through the winters, so it’s not right to take what they require to survive. I thought we might have to wait until next year, so I was pretty ecstatic when my bee “guru” Chris determined it was fine to pull out a few frames last week.

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Fall Garden Salad with Apples and Walnuts

I ate this fall garden salad, or something pretty close to it, every day last week. I simply could not get enough of this combo of homegrown greens, chopped apples, and walnuts. You probably already know how terrific kale is for you- it’s extremely high in antioxidants and minerals including calcium- but are you familiar … Read more

Apple Dried Cherry Chutney

We have an extra refrigerator in our garage. It’s where I keep my “bee tea”- a sugar/herb solution I’ve been making in large quantities and feeding to my bees for the past few months as their forage opportunities have dwindled- as well as anything else that doesn’t fit in my refrigerator inside the house. Occasionally … Read more

Apple, Pear, and Rosemary Cobbler (Gluten-Free)

Fall is a pretty special time of the year to live where I do. As the days get shorter, and the chlorophyll starts to disappear from all of the leaves but the evergreens, a spectacular display of oranges, reds, and yellows is revealed. The fall foliage never ceases to amaze me, even though I’ve lived … Read more