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From La Cucina al Focolare with Love

“Cucina e amore…” says Piero. Cooking is love. The wood-fired ovens are burning here at La Cucina al Focolare – Cooking by the Fireside, the original crown in Peggy Markel’s Culinary Adventures. We are in the Florentine hills of the Arno valley, outside of Florence surrounded by olive gardens and a stone’s …

Who doesn’t love the month of June?

  “Sour Cherries, After GG”, 2011 by Paulette Tavormina ~ Courtesy of Beetles+Huxley, London June encapsulates the end of spring and beginning of summer. Here in Florence, it’s the time of the swallows dancing euphorically in the sky, the weather is warm enough to bare shoulders and sit in outdoor cafés …

SB Digs: “Peggy Markel’s Culinary Adventures”

With two decades of experience in global culinary traditions, Peggy Markel personally hand-tailors each of her programs to lead her guests into cultural immersion, through the sensorial pleasure of food. Guests emerge transformed, embracing a greater awareness of the connection between themselves, other cultures, and the food on their plate.

Food for the Pellegrini

Cooking in Tuscany for poet David Whyte’s group. Today we made a feast at my friend Lori Di Mori’s house, for the “pelligrini” after their walk and talk through the woods. Wouldn’t be a bad sight to come upon this.

A Letter for the month of May

Maggio. The month in Italy when the rondine (swallows) sing and circle in the air,“announcing their place in the family of things.”  Irises cover the Italian countryside, which is dotted with delicate red poppies. The wisteria hang wistfully on their vines. It’s breathtaking. The greening of spring, May flowers after a few months of showers, …