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Recipe: Insalata Di Farro (Cold Farro Salad)

Umbria’s Great Grain A versatile and easy addition to summer meals. Walk through a farmers market in Italy and you’ll experience the country’s deeply rooted passion for fresh food. Noses... Read More »

Cappelletti - from Romagna

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Cappelletti in Brodo

Thanks to my parents’ crazy idea that maybe – just maybe – people would want to travel the world by bike, I grew up spending May through September in Italy from when... Read More »

Grandma Zoisa's farm in the foothills of the Tatra Mountains

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Recipe: Paczki or Polish Donuts

In between the rolling hills of Sierockie, Poland, Grandma Zoisa lives quietly in a tiny village with a population of around 500 residents. The Tatra Mountains watch over her small... Read More »

Afternoon at an outdoor cafe

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Franzbrötchen

I am beside myself with excitement about our new cycling tour that goes from Copenhagen to Berlin! One reason is a food item you will undoubtedly encounter along the way... Read More »

Squash Blossom Quesadillas

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Squash Blossom Quesadillas

Laughter can be heard at the U.S. office as we share results of our daily vegetable garden checks to see if one of our favorite treats of the summer –... Read More »

Romesco Sauce - photo courtesy of wikipedia

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Romesco Sauce

Tour leader Joan Escosura shares this recipe for Romesco Sauce which is a specialty of  the Catalonia region of Spain where he lives (and leads bicycle tours!) Joan also wisely... Read More »

Cucumber, Radish and Parsley Salad

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Cucumber, Radish and Parsley Salad

This salad is always a hit as we jump into the spring and summer growing seasons. It is crunchy, nutritional, easy to make and attractive to serve. Many simple variations... Read More »

Flavor Your Olive Oil

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Flavor Your Olive Oil

ExperiencePlus! tour leader Yorgos Paraskevopoulos is from Kalamata, Greece and has been leading tours with us since 1999. He lives in Kalamata, Greece where he harvests and cares for his... Read More »

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Winter Vegetable Soup

Here’s a toasty winter vegetable soup to keep you warm as you wait for spring to finally arrive. Serves 4 1 ½ tablespoons diced carrot 1 ½ tablespoons diced celery... Read More »

Riserva dello Zingaro Sicily

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A Sicilian Feast

I just came back from an hiking trip on the eastern side of Sicily that included Catania, Siracusa, Val di Noto, Ragusa, to name just a few of the gorgeous... Read More »

Photo by ExperiencePlus! traveler Alan Razak

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Straccetti with Arugula and Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

This recipe comes to us from the Scuola di Cucina Bologna which we visit on our Whole Journey’s Culinary Delights bicycling tours in Italy. Ingredients: 1 pound of veal thinly... Read More »

Tomato, Chickpea, Feta

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Tomato, Chickpea, and Feta Salad with Za’atar

Joeann Gutowski, of our Fort Collins office shares an easy and delicious salad recipe that gets our taste buds yearning for the Mediterranean. This is the time of year when... Read More »

Sweet Crepes

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Breton Crêpes

John Giebler (our Director of Tours, and occasional tour leader in France and Italy) shares his favorite crêpe recipe in honor of the new ExperiencePlus! tour in Brittany and Normandy.... Read More »

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No Knead Flatbread/Pizza Dough

About 2 years ago I decided I wanted try my hand at making some quick pizza or flatbread style dough. As I was looking for recipes I ran across a... Read More »

Tarte Tatin

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Tarte Tatin

Two sisters, Carolina (1847-1911) and Stéphine Tatin (1838-1917), from Lamotte-Beuvron, a small village in the Loire Valley of France, are considered the creators of this wonderful tart. The sisters owned and... Read More »

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Roasted Asparagus with Hollandaise

April marks the beginning of asparagus season in Germany and in France and is cause for celebration because it also means that spring has finally arrived. In Germany asparagus fever... Read More »

Roasted Kale Chips

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Roasted Kale Chips

In recent years kale has come into its own and this is a delightful, crispy side dish has little in common with the boiled, tasteless recipes of the past.  It’s... Read More »

Cauliflower Calabria

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Cauliflower Calabria

Cauliflower: a white, seemingly boring vegetable that unfortunately suffers from neglect in the grocery store and sometimes in the fridge has just received a facelift. And, no, it’s not cheddar... Read More »

Rostinniana photo by Raul Bernardo

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Rosticciana with Fruit Sauce

Rosticciana has become a favorite for our travelers on the Bike Across Italy: Venice to Pisa trips. In fact the serving plate always ends up empty which is rare given... Read More »

Belgian Endive and Pear Salad

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Belgian Endive and Pear Salad

Endive was discovered in Belgium in 1830 and by the mid-nineteenth century it was being cultivated and sold as “witloof” or white leaf. Endive is now grown in a variety... Read More »

Panna Cotta

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Panna Cotta

Panna Cotta Travelers on the recent Bicycling Sardinia – Alghero to Cagliari trip devoured a wonderful Panna Cotta which inspired Italian tour leader Lisa Merighi to share her grandmother’s recipe... Read More »

Chard Quiche

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Chard Quiche – From the Field to Your Plate

Many of you may remember Josette Smyrl who coordinated our hotels and meals in France for years. Josette has retired and lives in Provence with her husband and gardener extraordinaire... Read More »

Fisherman's Risotto

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Fisherman’s Risotto

“My wife’s a better cook than yours” was the common refrain on fishing boats plying the Adriatic Sea. These rugged men would leave home for three or four days at... Read More »

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Tortillas from Catalonia

Spanish omelets or tortillas are one of the most common dishes in Spain and though most are made with potatoes the French influenced Catalan version uses chick peas instead. You... Read More »

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