Tasty Tuesdays: Italian Edition (Part Three)

This is not only the last of the Tasty Tuesdays in Italy, it happens to have been my favorite part of the trip-food wise. We’ve been back for a couple of days now, and I’m still thinking of some of the best meals I’ve had so far in my life. When I was planning this trip back in August 2013 ( not so surprising if you know me), I stumbled upon a really awesome farmhouse in the outskirts of Modena. Not one for nature or being in the middle of nowhere,  I was still really drawn to it.  So, I booked Hubs and I a room for four nights. Fast forward to a couple days ago, as we were driving towards this farmhouse, even Hubs was like “why the heck did you put us in the middle of nowheresville?”. I had to agree with him, but when we arrived, all of those unsettling thoughts quickly disappeared. The setting was like out of a movie and the views were gorgeous. It was a quintessential Italian farmhouse that’s been perfectly restored with modern touches.

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Now, let me get to the food, because that’s what you’re here for. We opted to partake in our innkeeper’s dinners for three of the nights we were there. I wanted to take her home, so she could cook for us for the rest of our lives. All the meals we had in neighboring  towns were just “meh” compared to our innkeeper’s meals!

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Cured meats from the innkeeper’s neighbor, homemade Parmesan biscuits, cheese drizzled with her own balsamic vinegar, toast with a lovely onion concoction

Next up, lasagna made with fresh noodle sheets using chard from her garden, béchamel sauce, and Parmesan reggiano. Absolutely divine!

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Main dish of chicken and greens followed by homemade cake using berries from her garden

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Tortellini made with fresh ricotta cheese that the innkeeper made that very morning! Oh my heavens!!!

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Next up, Osso Bucco with greens picked from the garden

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whipped ricotta dessert (crema) using fresh ricotta cheese that's made fresh the same morning!
whipped ricotta dessert (crema) using fresh ricotta cheese that’s made fresh the same morning! Drizzled with homemade aged balsamic vinegar.

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