“Death to Processed Foods!” in Columbia, MD (Mar. 24, 2014)
Vicki’s cooking class in Columbia, MD gathered together an enthusiastic group of women who teamed to cook an Umbrian rural feast of fresh goodness. In my talk prior to the class, I zeroed in on the highlights of the Mediterranean diet: fresh, seasonal ingredients, farm-to-table as much as possible, avoiding the use of processed foods. I talked, too, about the women who taught me about working the land in Umbria, cooking the goodness we grew – and about life.
And my U.S. cooking classes are dedicated to them and to all our rural friends. Peppa, Mandina, Chiarina, Gentile, and Giuseppa, your rural wisdom – and ways of cooking wholesome and fresh ingredients – now have a long reach.
Cathy’s note to me after the Columbia class affirmed the message is out: “I was interested in this class as I love to cook, but am just at the point of not keeping my eyes glued to a recipe, but trusting my own instincts for flavors and texture. Thank you for the beautiful meal, wholesome and fresh. Death to processed food!”
And host Vicki, so glad we re-connected – this time, in your kitchen, cooking up the goodness. And mille grazie to each enthusiastic participant. May we cook together again soon – how about at our farmhouse here in Assisi?
A few other comments:
“What an inspiration for cooking! I really want to try all these recipes!” Marg
“Fabulous night! Great food and company!” Robyn
“This was such a good time- and I’d love to host a dinner on one of your other trips” Chris
“Thank you, Annie! Great friends, delicious meal, abundance of wine and a fantastic ‘teacher’ to guide the way…” Shel
“….so glad for the opportunity to meet and cook with you! ..” Sue
“I so enjoyed your recipes and stories! Keep uo the good work, sharing the culture and history of the region” Fran
“So enjoyed your company and insights into rural Italy..” Cathy
“Thank you so much for all the information and great food traditions…” Jan