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Rose & pistachio cake. Made with real roses!

If you have un-sprayed roses in bloom right now, use them to make this delicious and spectacular cake. Any colour roses will do, so long as they are fragrant. The recipe 250g/9oz softened butter 250g/9oz caster sugar + extra for … Read More

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Delicious Italian gluten free cakes

We see an ever-larger need for gluten-free recipes here at our agriturismo in Chianti, Podere Patrignone. Gluten intolerance is on the increase, particularly amongst our guests from the US. Some think it’s down to how wheat is grown in the US, … Read More

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Honey and rosemary cake

Whenever the rosemary is in bloom, as it is now, I start to think about making this delicious cake. It makes a great cake for Easter or anyother time when you have delicate rosemary flowers available. Torta di rosmarino e … Read More

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home-made schiacciate made at Podere Patrignone, your villa in Chianti www.patrignone.com

The Easiest Bread Ever

Nothing beats the smell of freshly cooked bread, the perfect antidote to a cold, damp winter’s day. I get enormous pleasure from making all kinds of bread, and although I bake most days of the year, I bake a lot … Read More

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Pasta fagiolo, a staple past dish at www.patrignone.com

Pasta fagioli – a winter winner!

We have this dish throughout the year, it’s one of our staple meals – and the kids love it! But it’s especially nice and warming in the winter with lashings of fresh-pressed olive oil. It’s super-quick, super-good for you, and … Read More

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Montefioralle near Agriturismo Podere Patrignone where you can rent a vacation villa

The last wine fair, in a magical town…

The grapes are in, and the season of chianti wine festivals comes to a close with the smallest event in the calendar, the Montefioralle Divino. First, a bit about Montefioralle, a charming little town in the hills just to the west of Greve in … Read More

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The Chianti Classico Expo near Podere Patrignone www.patrignone.com

Two fantastic wine fairs in Tuscany

The grapes are fat and juicy, the harvest is in full flow, and so is the wine. Because while people are toiling in the fields breaking their backs picking the new grapes, lots of other people are tasting huge quantities … Read More

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A very particular wedding in Tuscany

As we have a large wedding party arriving today, maybe this is a good time to talk a bit about the Tuscan weddings we occasionally host here at Podere Patrignone. Twice each year (and no more, see below) Podere Patrignone plays host … Read More

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Great quality fruit and vegetables, most grown locally in Castellina in Chianti, near our agriturismo in Chianti, Podere Patrignone www.patrignone.com

Want the best fruit & veg at the best prices? Head to a market in Tuscany.

There are dozens of produce markets in Tuscany every day of the week. No matter where you are staying, there will be a daily market somewhere near you. And while the quality of the fruit and vegetables sold in the … Read More

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Crostini with mascarpone, fresh herbs, and sun-dried tomatos at our Chianti Villa Rental in Tuscany

Our Tuscan Banquet. Not your usual Tuscan fare.

Once a week we cook for our guests. It’s a fun, informal dinner, with lots of chat, lots of wine, and lots of laughter. Everyone staying in one of our Tuscan villa rentals is invited, and we usually put everyone together … Read More

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