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    Make Tuscan Pici Pasta at Home

    Pici are essentially fat, hand-rolled spaghetti. The name comes from Tuscany, and it has a lookalike in Umbria the locals call stringozzi. The pasta is also seen in Emilia-Romagna, too. It is a rustic and irregular pasta, which makes it a great shape for beginners. According to the Encyclopedia of Pasta, most versions of pici or stringozzi use a combination of flours: The Tuscans often add some semolina flour, and the Umbrians often use farro flour. It makes the pasta a little rougher, which helps when you roll it out by hand. Making Pici Pasta at Home A little olive oil is also often added to the dough, as are eggs on…

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    How to Make Rustic Tuscan Pasta

    Tuscany is celebrated for a rustic cuisine that showcases simple ingredients in flavorful recipes, like this traditional pici pasta in spicy tomato-garlic sauce.  Created by Sienese pastaii — pasta makers — pici are thick strands of pasta made with a simple dough of flour and water that is cut into strips and then hand-rolled. With a perfect al dente bite, the pasta pairs well with a variety of pairings, from smooth tomato sauce to hearty meat ragu. Whether you’re cooking at home or dining out, pici offer a rustic taste of the Tuscan kitchen. Pici all’Aglione (Pasta with Garlic Sauce) Yield: 6 servings 1 pound pici1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, crushed4 to 6 garlic clovesExtra…

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    The Art of Tuscan Life with author Frances Mayes

    Author Frances Mayes’ new book is a travel memoir that explores Italy from north to south On this dreary winter morning, Hillsborough author Frances Mayes already has picked out her recipe for dinner. Her copy of Joshua McFadden’s “Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables” is open on the kitchen counter, revealing a colorful casserole dish of Roasted Fennel with Apples, Taleggio Cheese and Almonds.

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    Wed in Tuscany, Rock Star Style

    Interested in getting married in Tuscany? We’ve been there, done that! There are lots of things to navigate so we’ve got a whole website dedicated to sharing great style tips, hotels, menus, and legal issues about getting hitched in the Italian countryside. Check out Tuscan-Wedding.com and Buona fortuna! FLORENCE, ITALY – Sting and Trudie Styler were married under the Tuscan sun at the Villa Il Palagio, the couple’s rustic Italian countryside 16th century home located just an hour south of Florence near the medieval town of Figline Valdarno. Perched high above rolling Tuscan hills, Il Palagio offers endless views of the countryside, vineyards, olive groves, blossoming gardens and an unparalleled biodynamic culinary experience in…