Cooking Umbrian in the San Francisco Bay Area (Feb 15, 2011)It’s always good to be back in the San Francisco Bay Area where so many Santa Clara, Berkeley and Rome-jr-yr-abroad friends live. And now there’s an even greater reason to love my time here: our son Mattia now lives and works here!
Mattia dropped me off the other night in Danville for my first Bay Area class: a “girls only” group hosted by Yvonne (who had toured with me in Assisi in October) and Christine whose kitchen soon filled with laughter and clattering pots, pans, spoons and knives as we prepared an Umbrian rural feast.
The women teamed into pairs as colorful peperonata sizzled on one burner while the squash/sage pasta simmered on another. Some topped toasted baguette slices with finely-diced tomato and arugula, drizzling olive oil on top. Everyone munched these bruschetta slices and sipped wine while other dishes came together. Mushroom/parsley/garlic bruschetta was passed around next. These nibbles were just the beginning!
And here are a couple of comments:
“Thank you for inspiring me to cook with my children and exposing them to family cooking, eating and talking at the table with love.” Deb
“My family will be so happy that I took your class: the tips are priceless!” Gretchen
“Thank you so much for educating all of us to cook for our children. You are an inspiration! Please come back soon!” Ann
“What a pleasure it has been to have you in my home this evening… a wonderful time. The food was amazing… and we had so much fun!” Christine