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Week 128: August 30-September 4, 2022

The Wheat Harvest: Hard work, good food and allegria! Another fun week of stories from living in the countryside in Tuscany -- this time around the yearly wheat threshing festivals.  You worked hard together, but then were always rewarded with an amazing meal -- on tables set up in the middle of the fields.   This week's menu is the one that the Chef ate all those years ago in the fields after a long day's work with her neighboring farmers.

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WEEK 127 MENU: August 23-28, 2022

Le Marche: The Secret of Santa Vittoria Food and entertainment are great diversions.  On occasion, it is good to get lost in an old movie especially when it tells the story of man’s past struggles and creative solutions to catastrophic situations. The Secret Life of Santa Vittoria, a delightful classic Italian-American film, is based on a true story of resolve, courage, community spirit in times of war, and…one million bottles of wine!  It is set in Italy’s beautiful Le Marche region, the backdrop for this week’s authentic late August dinner.

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WEEK 126 MENU: August 15-21, 2022

Spas & Thermal Springs: 3,000 Years of R+R. Imagine…a glass in hand, a string quartet playing as you stroll through beautifully manicured gardens.  A glass of water full of promises to enhance your wellbeing. The healing waters that gush from the Italian earth are drunk, soaked in and endlessly talked about.  With a history of R+R that stretches back thousands of years, the Italians know a thing or two about unwinding in style. Many American spas today tout rigorous weight loss agendas, classes on meditation and strenuous sports activities.  Spas in Italy have been popular since the time of the Etruscans and Romans when they would “take the waters” in natural hot springs.  They have always been a combination of...

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WEEK 125 MENU: August 9-14, 2022

Palio di Siena: The craziest (and tastiest) horse race in the world! Siena is the scene of one of the most anticipated and exciting historical horse races of the year.  To celebrate, the entire city takes to the streets to eat and drink at parties that last all week. These communal dinners bring people together to share in centuries-old traditions of camaraderie and local culinary specialties. The Palio will finally take place again this year, and this week's menu will give you a taste of what could be served on their communal tables decorating the streets of Siena. 

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WEEK 124 MENU: August 2-7, 2022

Ferragosto: August Staycation with Mamma For the two weeks before and after the holiday of Ferragosto on August 15th, it seems as if all of Italy goes on vacation crowding the beaches and mountain resorts and leaving the cities virtually deserted.  As with all other Italian holidays, food is the main attraction whether prepared for a festive picnic or stay-at-home summer lunch. "Il Pranzo di Ferragosto"/"A Mid-August Lunch" is a delightful cult film that is a glimpse into the life of a middle aged bachelor living with his octogenarian mother over the long holiday weekend in Rome. Food, appetite, and the need for community are prominent themes along with an intimate peak into the complicated dynamics that exist between Italian...

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