Every home has a garden, olive orchard and grapes

Every home has a garden, olive and fruit orchards and grapevines

Freshest vegetables gathered from the garden with taste that is to be remembered and savored

Organic vegetables and meat and you know what you are eating because you know what the animals have been fed

Simple cooking methods with great flavor coming from every ingredient

Delicious like it is the first time you have tasted food…ooh and ahhs… express our cooking experiences in Tuscany this month.

Fresh from the garden

Freshly picked from the organic garden

Zuchini blossoms stuffed with goat cheese

Zuchini blossoms in season stuffed with goat cheese, herbs, and lightly fried

Tomatoes like you have never tasted before

Tomatoes like you have never tasted before

White cows a tradition for great beef

White cows a tradition for great beef-grass fed

Steaks of quality

Proud steaks of quality-perfect for grilling

Lunch is served as first course of wine tasting

Lunch is served as a first course with wine tasting

Truffle we hunted

Truffles we hunted- black in season now, white is rare and a delicacy

Truffle hunting dog

Truffle hunting dog

Pasta with black truffle

Pasta with black truffle shavings and peppery olive oil

Grapes growing without pesticides

Grapes growing in the sun without pesticides

Olives with more months to go before ripe

Olives with more months to go before ripening

Decorating plates with beet paste and green vegetable paste for fun

Decorating plates with red beet and green vegetable paste for appetizer individual servings

We're coming back for the harvest of wine and olives

We’re coming back for the harvest of wine and olives-at least that is what we would like to do…

And tell me why we cannot eat like this every day, why the food we eat is not pure, why the chickens and eggs we eat have been altered?  I am now a vigilante and questioning everything…

First assignment is to plan an herb and  vegetable garden for my back yard and grow my own next spring.  Inspired by Italy and France. I want chickens too…and where I live I can have 4 without a rooster.  Might have to try Rent a Chicken first…smart people starting a business just for people like me.  Check it out.  One fresh egg every day!

(Trip coordinated by our friends Jen and Josh Ziskin, owners of La Morra Restaurant in Brookline, sponsored by DuVine Cycling and Adventure Co. Jen has a blog of our Tuscany Adventures to check out too.)