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  • French Béchamel Sauce

    Ingredients: 3 tbsp butter or margarine 1/3 cup flour 2 cups milk 1/2 cup grated cheese or more salt and pepper to taste la technique Melt the butter or margarine in sauce pan. Add flour and stir with wisk, or… Read full article

  • Pasta making demonstration.

    An Easy, Fresh Pasta Recipe

    An Easy, Fresh Pasta Recipe A former tour leader, photographer, bike mechanic, and web guru extraordinaire came up with a quick pasta recipe. Ingredients: use about 1 cup of flour, 1 egg, and 1 tablespoon of water per person eating 3… Read full article

  • Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnick

    Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnick   New York Times Notable Book of 2000 & New York Public Library Selection as one of the 25 Memorable Books of 2000.   Those who wish to be travelers, not simply tourists,… Read full article

  • Love and War in the Apennines by Eric Newby

    Love and War in the Apennines by Eric Newby There is no scarcity of personal memoirs of World War II. Yet Eric Newby’s narrative of war, escape, love, and peasant farmers in Italy’s Apennine mountains in 1944 has lasted thirty… Read full article

  • Provence by Lawrence Durrell

    Provence by Lawrence Durrell Lawrence Durrell belongs to a group of travel writers who go back to the British expatriates of the early and mid-20th century. He lived most of his life in the Mediterranean region and has left a… Read full article

  • House of Niccolo; by Dorothy Dunnet

    House of Niccoló by Dorothy Dunnet I have a friend who was so taken with Dorothy Dunnett’s eight volume series based on the travels of a 15th century Flanders businessman and adventurer that she planned a trip around his base… Read full article

  • Ribollita

    This traditional Tuscan soup is the perfect way to get a hefty serving of greens and to turn leftover bread into a hearty dish. The best part, this soup only gets more flavorful with time, make a big batch and… Read full article

  • The Words of Bernfrieda, A Chronicle of Hauteville by Gabriella Brooke

    The Words of Bernfrieda, A Chronicle of Hauteville by Gabriella Brooke NOTE: For those of you traveling with us to Southern Italy, or simply interested in finding out more about this region, we’ve included an annotated reading list at the… Read full article

  • Sommerkylling, or Summer Chicken

    Sommerkylling, or Summer Chicken A delicious entree submitted by Per Schelde, ExperiencePlus! Tour Leader for Denmark. Ingredients (Serves 4 people) 1 5-7 lb chicken, preferably free range 1 stick unsalted butter 1 cup whole cream 1 ½ cups chicken stock-preferably… Read full article

  • Cycling Southern Italy and Puglia

    Cycling Southern Italy and Puglia Fifteen years ago Paola and I led each of the five tours we offered every year. Now we are lucky to participate in two or three tours per year of the seventy or so that… Read full article

  • Tzatziki, or Greek Yogurt and Cucumber Dip

    Tzatziki A staple for most Greek restaurants, this classic recipe is the perfect snack, appetizer or dip for those delicious Greek Meatballs! Light, refreshing and healthy. 2 cucumbers (or one hot house cucumber) 4 cloves of garlic, chopped finely. 1… Read full article

  • Pasta with Kale

    Pasta with Kale I have found that the I prefer using the sun-dried tomato pesto, rather than the soaked sun-dried tomatoes themselves, as the original recipe calls for. Your choice. 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes or two-three tbsp. sun-dried tomatoes pesto… Read full article

  • Tuscany: An Introduction to the History and Geography

    Tuscany: An Introduction to the History and Geography During the last thirty-five years of exploring the world, I’ve come to appreciate the perspective of one of my geography professors. "There is no such thing as an uninteresting place," he observed,… Read full article

  • Spoke Songs/Metal Cowboy

    cellspacing=”0″ cellpadding=”0″ width=”100%” summary=”” border=”0″> Spoke Songs/Metal Cowboy   Spokesongs (Bicycle Adventures on Three Continents) by Willie Weir     Metal Cowboy (Tales from the Road Less Pedaled) by Joe Kurmaskie   Bicycling is very much a solitary sport: first,… Read full article

  • Bicycling Tuscany

    Bicycling Tuscany   A Bike Tour Review by James Pippin A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of bicycling through Tuscany leading twenty other cyclists on an ExperiencePlus! Little Tour in Tuscany. I knew some folks beforehand, although… Read full article

  • Bicycling Ireland

    Bicycling Ireland A Bike Tour Review by Jan Rastall of ExperiencePlus! May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face. So goes an Old Irish… Read full article

  • Baba Ganoush (Eggplant & Tahini Dip)

    Baba Ganoush (Eggplant & Tahini Dip)         1 Medium to Large Eggplant   1 to Four Cloves of Garlic (chopped)   2 Tbsp. Tahini (Sesame Paste)   2 – 4 Tbsp. Plain Yogurt   1 – 4… Read full article

  • Travel Photography: A Selection of Books & Resources

    Travel Photography: A Selection of Books & Resources Winter comes to the Colorado Front Range sometime in November. For me, it’s always sort of a sad time, because it means putting away my bike for the winter and finding something… Read full article