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Carnevale Treats
Taste of Tuscany in June
2018 Dates Announced
Try these sweet fried 'rags' for your Carnevale celebration:

Cenci Recipe

1/2 cups flour

3 eggs
pinch of fine sea salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup sweet liquor (tuaca, cointreau)
1/4 cup water

Mix all ingredients together until a soft dough forms, adding additional flour if too sticky to handle.   

Let it rest 15 minutes then roll through a pasta machine to form thin strips, adding flour when necessary.  Fry in peanut oil and dust with powdered sugar.

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Carnevale Treats     
Ciao a tutti!  Seems like yesterday we were in the midst of the holidays...and now its February and we're preparing for the 40 days of Lent!  

There is a big celebration all over the world in the days leading up to Lent, in what are, or formally were, Catholic countries.  Called carnevale in Italy, the word literally meant " a removal of meat", and began as an acknowledgment that they would soon be faced with 40 days of fasting before Easter.  It evolved into a decadent celebration of masked parties and rich foods, before Ash Wednesday reminds us all that "man thou art dust and unto dust thou shall return."

Italy abounds with many special dishes that show  up in celebration for any number of feast days and holy days, some more regional than others.  The fried and sugared pastry strips, cenci, lattughe, bugie and chiacchiere, are found  throughout all of Italy, with different names; but in Naples you also find struffoli, those little chickpea size fried balls with colored sprinkles. And who doesn't like sprinkles?!
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Join us  we have our mini tour in Tuscany - 3 glorious fun filled days and 4 nights or the full culinary tour. Our mini tour is perfect for those time crunched travelers planning to spend time in Rome or Florence or other city, but still want to experience the relaxing calm and beauty of the Tuscan country- side. We include a cooking classes, winery visits, hill towns and artisan food producers in our short week. As with all our tours, it is a wonderful balance of wine, food, culture and history. Click here to see a sample itinerary.
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