Monthly Archives: November 2010

What Makes Extra Virgin Olive Oil Great?

So, what makes Tuscan Extra Virgin Olive Oil special? * Elevation (in Guido’s case 250-290 meters or 820-950 feet above sea level) * Soil (“Alberese” or medium textured soil combined with clay) * Tuscan Climate (perfect for olive oil) *...
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Ahhh, Chestnuts

Oh how I love chestnuts. They taste like fall, and melt sweetness in your mouth. As I mentioned before, chestnuts littered the windy roads on the way to Due Papaveri. So far, we see them on nearly every sidewalk in...
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Roasted Chestnuts

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Italian at Home

Let’s come home for a moment. It is almost Thanksgiving after all. This post features a Columbus chef—Jay Cotrell. He is the Executive Chef at M and has plenty of Italian cooking experience from time spent at Marcella’s. With over...
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Jay Cotrell

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Farewell, Due Papaveri

Troy and I are sad to leave delicious Due Papaveri. We will miss the wonderful food, luxurious grounds (see CSP-TV) and most of all, Charlotte, Willie and Luca. As I was staring out over the hills, Charlotte says “don’t worry,...
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Sunday Lunch Service

Sunday lunches at Due Papaveri are very similar to dinner. Guests are welcomed with a glass of Prosecco, followed by four decadent courses, homemade liquors and coffee. It’s a not so light lunch—and it’s wonderful. This Sunday we cook for...
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Light Lunch in the Hills

Today is sunny and the mountains scream green. It is the perfect day to set the long table on the terrace and enjoy a light lunch. The kitchen team chops away. We slice prosciutto and Mortadella, julienne carrots, clean arugula,...
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Traditional Dinner Service

As our stay lengthens, Troy and I fall into the rhythm of Due Papaveri. It is full of shared conversation, culture and laughter. Guests typically find themselves at Due Papaveri because they are attending a week-long cooking class, traveling through...
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Due Papaveri’s Vanilla Rum

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Carrot Cake with Mascarpone Cream

Charlotte’s carrot cake is our #1 BEST dessert at Due Papaveri. Troy and I can not get enough of this cake. We eat it every chance we get. The BEST parts about this cake are its dense yet moist texture,...
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Due Papaveri’s Mascarpone Cream with Vanilla Rum

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Enrico Romani

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Truffle Fest

Few things are better than truffles. That unmistakable aroma and purely distinct flavor transcends me. When I taste them I’m usually transported to Italy. Today I am lifted into heaven. Charlotte, Willie and Luca have a weekend planned in Sicily,...
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