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The trip is almost full! Did not expect it to happen that fast. Taking a wait list for another trip.
What better time to be in Italy than October forging for fresh truffles, visiting the the local markets, buying wonderful  produces and cooking with them at the villa. You will also be working with me to look at food through the camera in a new way.

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Garden with Whiskers lounging on the white lawn chair. His favorite spot lately.

 

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This is my Roasted layered Halibut with sliced potatoes and onions on the bottom, fennel, garden tomatoes, sliced lemons splashed with a little white wine.

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It is almost the end of summer here on my farm. I fenced in the ten blueberry bushes, netted them and the chipmunks and birds still had a feast. My apple tree that I pruned and sprayed for two years dropped all the apples prematurely. The five heirloom tomato plants gave me three small tomatoes. I am totally rethinking this farming situation. The last straw was when one of the six chickens had its head bit off by a wild animal who tried to pull it through the small whole in the fence. Not a pleasant sight.

As far as the tomatoes go, I bought 20 pounds for canning. One recipe came form Mary Ann Esposito Ciao Italia. My partner and I were invited to have dinner with her and husband Guy. She told us about dehydrating tomatoes and preserving them in olive oil, basil, peppercorns and a little salt. check out her site www.ciaoitalia.com for the video and recipe.

Today I am picking the 6 pears, one peach and 4 plumbs. This has been my harvest this year, but if I net the raspberries we might get some of those.

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I arrived in Bologna last Wed.and will here for a month coming back middle of October. The extreme heat is worse than NYC! I registered for an intense two, four hour classes at a language. I will also will be researching and writing articles and traveling on weekends hopefully.
I will continue this later as the days pass.
Ciao for now.

It is Sat 17 September. This time the adjustment has been a little difficult. A year ago I stayed in the same building, happy and content. It was one room, kitchen and bath, with shower. Quiet over looking a garden. This time the owner described two places in the building. I could stay in the first one until the 18 and move to the other one after. NOT True! Got here rules changed.
I will not go into her screaming at me last night but the whole building heard her hieratic, tantrum.
She comes off as this sweet old (looks old) heavy Italian. Anybody’s grandmother.
I will not go into what this apt. Is like can i say worst than monastery! I do no need luxury, but thing have to work like a shower! It is beyond bare minimum.
So, here I am trying to make the best of this situation. I had my first meal here. A farro salad al forno, two breaded tomatoes, a few pieces of mortadella, a marinated artichoke, the famous horn bread from the area and of course a wonderful glass of wine, a sauvignon from the Alto Adige And pleasant music on my iPhone.
That made my evening! Taking care of oneself with food and music is important and works in difficult times.
Later.

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