Author: Shirley Shivhon

schiacciata all’uva

Autumn is nearly here and it is wine harvest time in Tuscany.  Sadly, we had a very hot summer and were forced to pick our grapes a little early this year.. white ones middle of august and the red ones this week.  The delicate grapes are monitored daily during the month of August so they …

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the blame game

As we begin to understand that the world outside of us is merely a reflection of the world inside of us, we may feel confused about who is to blame for the current problems we face. For example, If we had a difficult upbringing, we may wonder how we can take responsibility for that, and …

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Midsummer Zucchini Pancakes

Summer is in full swing now in Tuscany and our orto (vegetable garden) is overflowing with ripe summer zucchini. Each fruit and vegetable clearly  has a prime time when it’s at its seasonal best. Some are great for over half of the year; others only hit their peak for a month. To me eating from …

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panzanella

I always forget just how amazing panzanella is, but last week while on retreat in Tuscany our amazing chef prepared it for lunch and I was reminded just how much I love this dish. Panzanella is a traditional Tuscan salad made with chopped salad vegetables, anchovies, and day old bread soaked in a simple dressing. …

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Do Less, Accomplish More

The yogis say, do less and accomplish more. I’ve heard this repeated frequently over the past few years but I don’t think I really understood what it meant until very recently. There is an old story of a man riding very fast on a horse. As he rides past a friend who is standing on …

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