A feast for the eyes…

no. 01 Rosemary Honey Cheese with figs I came across this image today, having saved it some time ago to my inspiration file. I find I’m always drawn to images of figs. —(They’re so photogenic.) The recipe sounds like something I’d like too.   I wonder if I’ll ever get around to making it?  For now, I’m completely […]

{Around the World} – Our latest discovery…

These gorgeous images are from Pratos e Travessas – “food, photography and stories” by the multi-talented, Mónica Pinto.  Based in Portugal, Mónica is the most recent addition to our  ~Around the World~ list,  our ever-expanding collection of  amazingly creative people from all over the planet.   “I work in a studio in my house.  An independent room facing the garden and a very […]

Before and After – The 1927 Cottage We Call Home

A peek into our renovated kitchen.  This is our stone concrete prep sink area with chalkboard and open shelving above. The door with a cast iron door knocker at center opens to our mini walk-in pantry.   For the full tour including before and after pics,  see our latest magazine issue: .. {Volume No. 01 […]

Check Your Inbox

Are you one of our email subscribers?  If so, be sure to check your mail for the latest edition of our digital magazine delivered to your inbox early this morning.*   IN THIS ISSUE –  l&l travels to the ancient city of Matera, Italy – tour Sextantio’s cave hotel: Le Grotte della Civita ~ See Before […]

Recipe: Peach Gelato

This is super easy to make and sooo fresh and delicious.   visit our new site:  www.linenlavenderlife.com/recipe-peach-gelato It’s just three ingredients –peaches, sugar and mascarpone– and a few easy steps.    Here’s pics of Alex showing you how we did it: We used both white and yellow peaches and peeled most but tried leaving the […]

I Dolci

Fichi Canditi (Candied Figs) an ancient recipe, Grosseto Caffé in Forchetta (Coffee on a Fork) Lucca Cookbooks by Lorenza de’Medici: TUSCANY The Beautiful Cookbook (image 1 and 2, photographer Peter Johnson) ITALY The Beautiful Cookbook (image 3, photographer Mike Hallson) ALSO BY Lorenza de’Medici: MEDITERRANEAN The Beautiful Cookbook ITALY TODAY The Beautiful Cookbook The Heritage of […]

Recipe for a romantic evening…

Vianne’s Spiced Hot Chocolate      (serves 2) 1 2/3 cups milk 1/2 vanilla bean, cut in half lengthwise 1/2 cinnamon stick 1 hot red chile, halved and seeded 3 1/2 ounces bittersweet (70 percent) chocolate brown sugar to taste (optional) whipped cream, chocolate curls, cognac or Amaretto to serve Place the milk in a saucepan, add the […]

Recipe: Spaghetti Alla Fornaia

Spaghetti Alla Fornaia  “Baker’s Spaghetti” from Livorno Any easy, satisfying recipe to pull together on an autumn evening.  Open a bottle of wine and you have a meal.  Add a baked goat cheese if you are really hungry.  Buon appetito!  (Serves 6) 1 1/2 cups (5 oz/150 g) walnuts 3 garlic cloves 1/2 cup (4 […]


These stunning images are a feast for the eyes, aren’t they?  I’ve had them in my travel file for awhile now and thought of them because for dinner this evening, Alex and I are making “Ravioli Caprese” by Giada de Laurentis.  I’ll report later how it turns out   Giada made it look very easy —we’ll […]

If on a winter’s day…

…you find yourself with the luxurious combination of time, a comfy sofa and a good book…here’s the perfect drink:   Recipe from  ENLIGHTENED CHOCOLATE   by Camila V. Saulsbury For more than 200 delicious recipes: .. the emporium image via:  Maisons Côté  Sud linenandlavender.net Interesting read: .. Chocolate: Pathway to the Gods) see our new site: www.linenlavenderlife.com

“One of my earliest memories of living in Paris…

…is entering the local bistro as a three-year-old, being greeted by the courtly waiter, and then being charmed by a dish that immediately caught my eye:  escargots on display in a glass case…”-excerpt, Olives and Oranges, page 209. Recipe:  Roasted Scallops with “Snail Butter” and Mâche  (quick cook recipe – makes 4 main course servings or […]

What do Abraham Lincoln, Anna Russian and Snow White have in common?…

…They’re all tomatoes! Like so many people I know who grew up in modern America, I had no fond feelings where tomatoes were concerned.  As a child, it was the worst possible torture to be made to finish eating them in order to be excused from the table.  Wedges in an iceberg lettuce salad were most often how they […]

King Maitake

The Maitake is known as the Dancing Mushroom, the Hen of the Woods, and also by its scientific name: Grifola Fondosa, (“The Half Lion”) In the wild, it can grow to over 50 pounds. Because of its size, it is also referred to as the “King of Mushrooms.” For 4000 years man has believed that […]

Functional art.

Root vegetables. Cote Ouest Magazine Sensational Preserves Jams, Jellies, Chutneys and Sauces SHOP the emporium for glass storage items  (scroll to page bottom) Beet and Goat Cheese Arugula Salad Giada de Laurentis, (via Food Network) Inactive Prep Time: 10 minutes,  Cook Time: 12 minutes Serves: 4 Ingredients 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 3 tablespoons shallots, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon […]

Recipe: Farro and Kale Soup

Farro and Kale Soup  From the book:  Olives and Oranges by Sara Jenkins and Mindy Fox The rustic flavors of kale and farro make for a hearty soup.  A Tuscan farmwife might add a little bit of prosciutto fat to her battuto (the aromatic vegetable mixture) and perhaps toss in a diced fresh-dug potato to […]

Recipe: Truffle Bruschetta

On a six-week stay in Tuscany and while making my way through several recipe books in the cucina of my wee appartamento, I came across the English edition of “How to make Bruschette.”  It is a small, paperback book unremarkable in its appearance, but with many variations on Bruschette and Crostone.*  I have enjoyed making a number of the simple […]

Recipe for a rainy day: Leek and Thyme Soup

“It never rains in California…but girl let me warn ya It pours, man it pours.” I always crave soup on a wintery day like today.  Here’s a favorite from The Cook’s Encyclopedia of Soup.   It can be served “peasant style” as shown in the photo or puréed smooth.  *Ingredients: (serves 4) 2 pounds leeks 1 pound potatoes […]

Goat cheese with honey and a platter of figs.

Goat Cheese with Honey In Catalonia, mild goat cheese served with honey is called mel i mató.  Similar cheese, like French-style fromage blanc, fresh ricotta, Italian aged ricotta salata, and Greek manouri, are paired with fragrant honey throughout the Mediterranean.  In Italy and in the Basque country, aged mountain cheese and sharp sheep’s-milk cheeses are […]

Pear, Basil and Pecorino Toscano Salad

From the book “Olives and Oranges” page 82…(making use of those beautiful pears we just received for Christmas!): 12 oz Pecorino Toscano cheese 4 ripe pears, cored and cut into eighths 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon Vin Santo vinegar or other high-quality mild white wine vinegar 1/4 teaspoon fleur de […]

“Nesting Instinct” and Hotel Feature: Aquapetra Resort and Spa

.. .  As I was putting together the beautiful photos for this week’s featured hotel, I began to think about travel and who we are when we travel.  There’s a famous quote (attributed to Confucius):  —”Wherever you go, there you are.”   While there is the deeply spiritual aspect to this observation, I was musing today on […]