A Luxury Country Inn - Umbria

Wild Asparagus and Shrimp Pasta

Like most of the locals, we forage for the treats of the season or for specialties when we travel.  Maurizio goes repeatedly into the woods next to Genius Loci in March-April to pick the delicious wild asparagus, freezing copious amounts for use throughout the year.  While there are many great uses (omelette, bruschetta topping, risotto, in a light tomato sauce …


47° Wedding Anniversary

 at the low-key, rustic Locanda del Rovicciano   note the 1600s original terracotta floor  a cozy table by the fire, welcomed with a chilled glass of Prosecco  perfectly toasted bruschette with black leafed cabbage, Sienese lardo and liver patè  paper-thin pasta homemade ravioli with roasted fennel and leek filling served with burrata and honey dried tomatoes  the house wine: a …


December Vacation – Part 6 – Plenty of Work to Do

Once home…we had plenty of work to do.  We unloaded our ice-packed fish, cleaning and dividing it into what we wanted to cook up immediately and what we intended to freeze. Using our own tomatoes, we made the base for il brodetto, a tomato-based (with celery, garlic, leeks, parsley and peperoncino) fish soup which is one of our favorite dishes. We …


Thanksgiving…Italian Style

  Not having had time on Thursday to do anything for Thanksgiving, Maurizio surprised me at lunch today with a slightly simplified, Italian version: Maurizio’s homemade lasagne fruit salad of fall fruits (persimmons, pomegranate seeds and juice, walnuts, apples, dried figs and grapes…with our very own must reduction semi-zabaione with coffee Sagrantino Passito


Crimson and Gold at Genius Loci – November 7-14, 2014

Meet the Mighty Ten Crimson and Golders 2014:  (from the left – Michelle, Dan, Deb, Lynette, Lou, Julie, Mark, David, Jolie and Becky)                celebrating a very special day with prosecco at breakfast            the romance of  “roasting chestnuts on an open fire…”               …


Winter Vacation – Part 5

VERONA     ‘Verso Monet’: 17-19th century landscape painting in Verona After our brief stop at Lake Garda we continued the short distance to Verona. The following morning we were going to”Verso Monet” , the focal point of our entire vacation.  We had advance purchased our tickets and entrance time to avoid the lines the next morning at 10 AM. …