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March 27, 2009


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Jeremy Parzen

When you travel to the Umbrian countryside, it's easy to understand how monasticism was born there: there is a peacefulness and serenity to the rolling hills there that naturally leads to contemplation and inner-reflection. I'll never forget my one and only trip to Assisi...

I love lenticchie di Castelluccio! And the only thing better than cotechino on New Year's eve is zampone! ;-)

My recommended pairing is the funky white by Paolo Bea, Santa Chiara... be sure to try the 06 and not the 05 if it's still on your wine seller's shelves.... great post!


Oh my Simona,this is very interesting! I am a huge fan of lentils,but I never heard of these Castellucio lentils,I am intrigued! The soup recipe sounds great aswell,I must give it a try..


Mamma che buone!!!

Simona Carini

There are indeed some truly special places in Umbria, like Assisi. Zampone is indeed the other important item on the New Year's table. Thanks for the wine suggestion: I'll see if I can find it.

Hi Mia. I wonder if you can find them: let me know.

Ben detto, Baol.

The Wimpy Vegetarian

Really interesting, Simona! My bag says Umbrian lentils, but it sounds like they're also called Castelluccio lentils? They are such little treasures, and am so happy to have found them. I look forward to talking further over coffee. And we'll have to sneak in some conversation on making cheese. I make soft cheeses, and am now ready to tackle a harder cheese.

Simona Carini

Hi Susan, lenticchie di Castelluccio are labeled with the IGP sticker (protected geographic indication) [see here] so I assume what you got are the same variety but not grown according the the label's requirements, hence the adjective "Umbrian" on the package. For my next post, I will include a photo of the label. I am glad you discovered them: there is no going back to bigger lentils now.

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