Buckwheat crepes with squash and chestnuts

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This warming fall recipe combines the sweetness of chestnuts, leek and squash with the nutty taste of buckwheat.
Buckwheat crepes

Buckwheat crepes with ricotta and spinach

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These delicious crepes are a great alternative to pasta. You can make them hours in advance and assemble them just before warming and serving.

Braised fennel, pomegranate and orange

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A colourful side dish for the fall!

Asparagus and sausage sauce for pasta

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This is a simple, delicious sauce for when asparagus is in season.
Italian Apple Cake

Moist Apple Cake

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Manuela’s mother has offered lots of inspiration and recipes for our cooking classes in Tuscany. This is one of her recipes, now handed down to her children and grandchildren. Thanks Licia!

Baked Squash Gnocchi

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These are not like boiled gnocchi at all, but are creamy balls of squash baked in a tomato sauce. Guests who come on our cooking courses in Italy say that they are one of their favorite fall dishes.

Peperonata ~ Stewed bell peppers

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This dish is even nicer the day after it has been made and is delicious warm, cold and at room temperature!

Minestrone alla Genovese ~ Silky vegetable soup with basil pesto

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This soup is almost too solid to be called a soup. Its flavours are very rich, with the mushrooms and basil really adding a great depth of flavour.

Minestrone ~ Tuscan Vegetable Soup

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The distinctive taste of this soup comes from the cavolo nero ("black cabbage"). This has recently been popularized by chefs such as Jamie Oliver and is now available in many farmers' markets.

Pasta with broccoli

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This is a quick, healthy and tasty dish originally from southern Italy which has many possible variations (some add anchovies, some boil the broccoli in the pasta water etc).