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Life in Le Marche, Italy - Two American expats share adventures of running an organic farm & inn, recipes, daily life & more!

January 13, 2017

#95 - Home for the Winter & 50 Kilos of Salami Making

Happy 2017! After spending the holidays in France we share the differences vs. Italy. While we were away Gaggi stayed busy with yard work just in time for the snow storm on it's way! And our annual tradition continues - we made 50 kilos of salami with Gaggi & Vittorio! Thanks for listening & buon anno nuovo!

December 15, 2016

#94 - Christmas Gift List & 10 Year Anniversary in Italy

After a month of work at the house and visiting family in the States, we are back reminiscing about our first Christmas in Italy, 10 years ago! Jason runs down his top list of Christmas gifts for the cook and we compare Christmas in the States vs Italy.

Happy Holidays!!

November 13, 2016

#93 - Turkey Talk & Planning Your Holiday Meal

We woke to the first hard frost of the year after a light snow on Saturday. Jason shares his tips for menu planning and preparing your holiday feast! From brining the turkey to making the most of your equipment - plan ahead & you'll do great! We talk Italian politics from the new garbage bins to Renzi's reform. Happy Holidays & thanks for listening!

November 1, 2016

#92 - Truffle Hunting Adventures & Celebrating Ogni Santi

It's the end of the season at La Tavola Marche (farm, inn & cooking school), we fire up the mics as we prepare for winter. Thankfully safe & sound after another round of earthquakes in Central Italy, we chat about our mezzo-gallo (half rooster), kimchi & stocking up on olive oil. Ashley shares her truffle hunting adventures and Jason explains the traditions of local hunters and the unique feast for Ogni Santi (All Saint's Day)! Thanks for listening!!

September 21, 2016

#91 - Amazon in Italy, How we “Grease the Wheels” and Cooking Rabbit

Autumn is at our doorstep on this beautiful morning! This episode we chat about the modernization in Italy and the arrival of Amazon.it and the effects. An immigration update which leads us to a discussion on how we 'grease the wheels' out here! Then we move on to the kitchen at talk about cooking rabbit. We announce our first Consulting Workshop in Italy for those of your dreaming of moving here to start a business!
Thanks for Listening -

September 8, 2016

#90 - Summer in Italy, Earthquake Update & Stuffed Zucchini Food Talk

Thankfully we are safe & sound without any damages in our area after the devastating earthquake. We recap the last few months and how the Dutch saved our Summer! The fun vs. frustrations of kids at the farmhouse and menu planning involved for families. And Jason asks if 'Stuffed Zucchini & Carbonara what you really want?!' Announcing the 2017 NEW cooking classes! Thanks for listening & have a great day!

July 20, 2016

#89 - Dirty Laundry

He fled the country!! The unbelievable true story of selling our cooking in Italy. Two days after all the documents and contracts were signed at the notary (and legally binding), the “new owners” of La Tavola Marche fled the country on a plane back to the good ol’ U.S of A.!!  They lasted 6 days in Italy. We were in total shock - not only did they leave without telling us but without paying either! It’s the stuff movies are made of. Jason & Ashley are back to share with you the trials, tribulations and joys & laughter of running a farm, inn and cooking school in rural Le Marche. To read more about this crazy story visit our blog: http://latavolamarche.blogspot.it/2016/06/when-life-gives-you-lemonsmake-best.html

March 7, 2016

#88 - Interview with Villa Cappelli, Puglia

This week's podcast is a good one!! An in-depth interview with Villa Cappelli owners Steven & Paul. Away from the tourists in one of the most beautiful undiscovered Regions in Italy, we hear from two American expats about life in Puglia, their favorite local recipes and restoring a centuries old villa! The couple also produces olive oil and wine and we delve into the infamous olive oil scandal happening in Italy!! For more on Villa Cappelli listen to their podcast - Living Villa Cappelli www.villacappelli.com
Thanks for listening & have a great week!!!

February 28, 2016

#87 - Bordeaux, Mallorca and the BEST Airport for a Long Layover in the EU

Our latest travels to France & Spain, including the best place for a layover in Europe! Our househunting continues for the next great farmhouse for LA TAVOLA MARCHE and our new business/brand NO HALF MEASURES is taking off quickly with a stay at the five star boutique (agriturismo) Gran Hotel Son Net in Mallorca! From flights to funerals we cover a wide range this week!  Thanks for listening, Jason & Ashley

January 16, 2016

#86 - Barcelona Winter Getaway, House Hunting in Italy + Annual Sausage Making

Lots to talk about this episode of Podcast from Italy - We just returned from a weekend getaway to Barcelona with beautiful weather & a memorable stay at the Mercer Hotel Barcelona. We share the highlights of our amazing first look/taste of the new menu at K - Find out how I was able to travel in the EU without a passport! And we recant the "Groundhog's Day" esque annual sausage & salami making with Dr. Gaggi & Vittorio. Still on the hunt for the next farmhouse for La Tavola Marche as well...Thanks for listening!