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

November 5, 2014

#78 - Tis the Season for Truffles!

After our longest 'break' from podcasting we're back!! The latest from the farm, an update from the garden and what's growing now. Then we delve into the dark world of truffles. Thanks to our wet/warm early fall its been one of the most prolific seasons for truffle hunting (driving down the price) meaning each morning there is steady stream of truffles coming out of our back woods. Learn how we buy them direct from the hunters! And finally, Jason shares one of his favs for the song of the week.

July 31, 2014

#77 - Gluten Intolerant…Intolerant

After a month or so of radio-silence, we've fired up the mics for a bit of rant on 'gluten-free' after reading a great Huffington Post article and posting on our facebook page - the response was overwhelming on both sides. Here's a link to the original article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marc-vetri/im-gluten-intolerantintol_b_5614463.html

Here's the clip from Jimmy Kimmel Live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdJFE1sp4Fw

Thanks for listening!!

July 2, 2014

#76 - Summer Weddings in Italy & Recipe for Poached Peaches

We're back after a June hiatus with an update on the farmhouse and happening in the area. We recap the past month and beautiful wedding and festivities we hosted as well as what it's like watching the World Cup in small town, Italy! Ashley recreates the 'barking deer' and we share a few recipes: Nocino (walnut liquor) and Poached Peaches in white wine! The we run down a list of upcoming festivals in the area from beer to gelato there is something to eat/drink/do!!
Thanks for listening!

May 27, 2014

#75 - Fried Elderflowers, Local Elections, The PH Factor and SlowFood

After an update on the weather and the garden we dive into a discussion on PH and Jason's new interest in micro-nutrients in soil and 'listening' to the plants. This Spring the farmhouse has been all a flutter with baby birds and nests in the trees & windowsills.  Jason shares a recipe for fried elderflowers using a super simple beer batter. Local elections are all the buzz around the region and we share our favorite marketing strategies.  A few festivals from Cantine Aperte (Open wineries throughout Italy) to SlowFood's return to Cagli for Distinti Salumi.

May 5, 2014

#74 - Wine, Wi-Fi & A Few of Our Favorite Questions

Back after a whirlwind of Italian Spring holidays from Easter to Labor Day - four holidays in two weeks! A story on our latest drama with getting our citizenship, a garden update and discussion on offering wi-fi to guests. And we recant about refilling our cantina with local wine and bottlign with guests! We answer a few of our 'favorite' email questions we get on a regular basis. Thanks for listening and we hope to post another soon!

April 19, 2014

#73 - Memories of Easter’s Past in Italy…

With Easter just around the corner we squeeze in time for much needed podcast to share stories of past Easters in our farmhouse!! We chat about a lunch we attended to celebrate a new book on living/cooking self-sustainably by an Italian Chef last week... Spring has sprung and there is plenty of work to be done - thanks for listening!

March 23, 2014

#72 - 5 Things That Hands Down, Taste Better IN Italy and A Cook’s View on Culinary Charlatans

This week's podcast is late - sorry!! We are back to work, readying the garden, turning the soil, burning the hills and preparing for guests to arrive. We brought home 12 new young hens + 1 rooster to add to our brood! Jason vents a bit and share his feelings on culinary 'charlatans' - untrained, inexperienced personalities/bloggers teaching you to cook. We'd love your feedback & thoughts on this topic.  And we share five foods/drink that hands down taste better IN Italy! Thanks for listening!!

March 6, 2014

#71 A Short Podcast

This week's a short podcast with a great song at the end! Morning hikes, a hen attacked by a hawk, festa delle donne and what happens when we run out of coffee...a short & sweet podcast with promises of better broadcasts to follow!

February 26, 2014

#70 - Italian Idioms & Where to Eat Fish in Fano

After celebrating the doctors birthday we recap the week from peeling lemons for 3 hours for limoncello & driving school lessons to a farming scandal in the making...We share our favorite places to eat fish in Fano on any budget. And a fun lesson in Italian idioms! The song of the week is by Peppino Gagliardi a 70's classic.

February 20, 2014

#69 - Bitchn’ about Bureaucracy, Top Romantic Spots in Italy & 2014 Cooking Classes

Happy Birthday to good ol' Doctor Gaggi! This week a favorite segment returns, "Bitchn' 'bout Bureaucracy" when we need medical forms for driving school! The drivers license saga continues! Ashley shares our 2014 calendar of cooking classes/packages and online classes - so begin planning your spring/summer/fall holiday now! And to help you plan your trip we weigh-in on a Top 10 List of Romantic Places to Propose in Italy - some we agree with, others not so much - find out our thoughts! This week's song is from Mina - "Rossetto sul colletto" - Have a great week!!