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Deborah is a wife, mother, grandmother, traveler, bootlegger, and a very poor speller! As Victor Hazan so eloquently puts it, Deborah has chosen Umbria to be the home of her soul. When she can’t be there in body, she spends her free time cooking & reading about Italy. She blogs mostly about food and about trips – past and future – here: Old Shoes New Trip.

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Cindy lives in Eagle River, Alaska where her freezer is always full of salmon, halibut & shrimp. Cindy participates in several regular cooking challenges. You can read more about her cooking and life in the last frontier on her blog, Baked Alaska.

About Jan

Jan is a serious home cook who loves to read recipes and then do her own thing. Her focus is ingredient driven comfort food, often with an Italian influence. She is passionate about all things Italian, especially the cuisine & the language. Jan blogs about food and travels (next trip to Italy: May/June of 2012) at: Keep your Feet in the Street.

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Palma is a Marriage & Family Therapist in Palm Desert, CA. She’s an Italian-American with a passion for cooking, entertaining, & travel to Italy. She’s always planning her next culinary adventure to Italia on her blog, Palmabella's Passions

About Sandi

Sandi is a true Southerner, but a traveler & Italian cook at heart. She lives in Alabama and knows more about fried green tomatoes than fricassees. Her family owned the WhistleStop Café for many years. Sandi also blogs at Whistlestop Cafe Cooking.

About Kim

Kim joins us after being our permanent sub on the Pomodori e Vino project. Kim loves to eat, drink, travel and cook - probably in that order. When she's not here, you can find her organizing and leading food, wine and beer tours in Europe as co-owner and operator of GrapeHops or blogging at What I Really Think or The Amy Foundation.

About Jerry

Jerry is a food obsessed Canadian. He learned to love Italian food as a child while eating the meals prepared by his Napolitano uncle. He learned to cook Italian foods by watching his uncle cook these feasts for the family. This love of Italian food has been honed through serious personal experimentation in eating and cooking. Willing to try most anything once, Jerry isn't so sure about tripe! Jerry also blogs at Jerry's Thoughts, Musings, and Rants!

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About Beth

Beth, along with her husband, Mike, is co-owner of two Italian Deli/Markets in St. Louis - Viviano’s Festa Italiano. When not creating yummy new menu items for the deli, she’s the pediatric research lab supervisor at Washington University School of Medicine. Read more out about Viviano’s Festa Italiano.

About Amy

Amy is a teacher in suburban Boston with far too many cookbooks, her Grandmother's meat grinder and canning jars, and a new Wolf stove. She appreciates cuisines from around the world, with a particular fondness for French, Moroccan, Italian, Vietnamese, and Indian cooking. Tweaking her cooking and eating habits resulted long-lasting weight loss and health benefits, proving that living well still tastes good. An old hobby is knitting; and a newer one is canning preserves. Read more from Amy on her blog, Destination Anywhere.

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Harvest Martini

By Jerry

Buon Giorno from Pienza. Yes, this is where I am right now:


I can imagine my friends back home in North America saying 'how nice'. I'd respond with yes, it is lovely, but I know what you really mean by 'how nice'. In fact, I can still hear Palma telling the joke. :-) Just ask her - she tells a wonderful joke and everyone giggles.

Anyways. Yet again I had all sorts of plans for apples - a delicious panna cotta . . . a crisp . . . a tart . . yet when the frenzied pace of work and trip prep threatened to put me in a rubber room so I made a drink. In the end it served a host of purposes.

Those who follow my blog know I make drinks often. In fact, the pic beside my name off to the left is a drink that I made. In fact, that particular drink inspired my recipe for this week's apple flavour!

For this week's entry I combined apples and vanilla to make an infused vodka. This then was mixed with cider, cinnamon, and Calvados to make a zippy pre-dinner beverage.


Harvest Martini

Infused vodka:

1 cup vodka
1 apple, thinly sliced
1/4 whole vanilla bean

Pour vodka into a jar with a lid. Place apple and vanilla bean in vodka. Cover. Let sit for at least an hour or longer for more flavour.


2 oz cider
1 oz Calvados
1 oz infused vodka
thin slice of apple sliced crosswise (for garnish)
sprinkle of cinnamon

In a martini shaker mix the first three ingredients. Shake with ice. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with the thinly sliced apple. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

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Comments (3)

How nice, indeed!

I have several kissing photos near that street sign Via del Amore! I LOVE that spot in Pienza!

Beautiful photos...the scenery and the drink! Such a pretty seasonal color for the drink...it's so great to have such a variety of recipes this week...I think we covered an entire meal!

This one sounds even better than the other Harvest Martini of yours I make. Keep it coming with the drink recipes!

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