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Ft. Washington, MD: Fourth Year for an Umbrian Feast

Date: March 25, 2015 - categories: - Leave your thoughts

I could not even have imagined that we would be here four years later!”….Another fabulous Italian feast!
This was so special – thank you for your friendship and for your love of history and food. We will see you again in Italy soon!”

Paulette, thanks for your unwavering enthusiasm for these U.S. Umbrian cooking classes – and I could not have imagined yet a fourth year cooking with you, either!
…and to think it all started with Italian Notebook (where you’d read my notes on life in Italy)…

Italian Notebook first connected me to Paulette

Italian Notebook first connected me to Paulette

A whole new set of recipes for you – and once again, colors as well as flavors highlighted our feast (after all, heart of the Mediterranean diet). Dishes from Naples, Siclily, the Marche – and Umbria, of course – starred this year:

All our antipastos lined up

All our antipastos lined up

Panzanella

Panzanella

Caponata di melanzane

Caponata di melanzane

Zucchine saporite (Da Marino)

Zucchine saporite (Da Marino)

A wonderful experience! Your introduction made us want to go to Italy tomorrow!” Jim and Diane

Bobbie, glad to have you once again in a class at Paulette and Jim’s and thanks for your note: “Saluti to Annie and grazie! We have enjoyed Anne as a guide to Assisi and Perugia – awesome! We have hosted and event and participated in two others in the DC Metro area with friends. She rocks!”
Bobbie, thanks for such a good job on the Sicilian caponata!

Bobbie on the caponata

Bobbie on the caponata

Caponata in-the-making

Caponata in-the-making

Bobbie with hostess, Paulette - a cooking duo

Bobbie with hostess, Paulette – a cooking duo

Thanks, Jo and Diane M, for teaming on the zucchine antipasto from Ristorante da Marino, Naples:

Diane and Jo team on the zucchine

Diane and Jo team on the zucchine

Pine nuts and currants star in this zucchini dish

Pine nuts and currants star in this zucchini dish

Jo and Paulette

Jo and Paulette

…and thanks for your comments, too:
“..what a fabulous time with you again, our fourth year…” Diane
“Anne, I feel like an Italian when I participate with you in our cooking adventures. I love Italy and I want to visit you in Umbria. Viva Umbria!” Jo

John, Amy and Kate, and Diane, you all contributed to our panzanella (a Peppa favorite!) – and also to our fresh fruit dessert, macedonia. And thanks so much for your comment, Diane: “A wonderful experience! Your introduction made us want to go to Italy tomorrow!”

Amy and Diane team on the macedonia, fresh fruit goodness

Amy and Diane team on the macedonia, fresh fruit goodness

Amy, part of our cooking team

Amy, part of our cooking team

Kate on the panzanella

Kate on the panzanella

John, Amy and Diane, a panzanella trio

John, Amy and Diane, a panzanella trio

Panzanella coming up

Panzanella coming up

Amy adds liqueur to our macedonia

Amy adds liqueur to our macedonia

Chris, thanks for helping serve up the radicchio/cream/slivered almond pasta dish with Paulette. And now you know how to made that tasty veal dish of the Marches region. (Come visit and we’ll go there for lunch!)

Chris and Paulette serve up the creamy radicchio/almond pasta

Chris and Paulette serve up the creamy radicchio/almond pasta

Chris wants more black pepper in the pasta

Chris wants more black pepper in the pasta

Creamy radicchio  pasta sauce

Creamy radicchio pasta sauce

Chris on the veal - with fans!

Chris on the veal – with fans!

Paulette, Chris and Kristi at pasta time

Paulette, Chris and Kristi at pasta time

Chris proudly serves up our veal dish (from the Marches region)

Chris proudly serves up our veal dish (from the Marches region)

Chris and Kristi, united to cook

Chris and Kristi, united to cook

Chris on the macedonia

Chris on the macedonia

Our veal simmers and browns

Our veal simmers and browns

…and thanks, Kristi (with Chris) for your thoughts:
Chris and I enjoyed the whote day. Chris especially enjoyed cooking/learning new recipes. Fun day!” Kristi and Chris

Donna, thanks for pitching in as needed! and hope to see you in Umbria and in the US next year to cook. Thanks for your invitation: “Anne, as someone who discovered Umbria in 2000, I envy your ‘poor’ life there. This was a wonderful day and I definitely wish to host you for your 2016 US trip. And we will see you in Assisi – next year for Easter!”

Paulette, Donna and John, cooking trio

Paulette, Donna and John, cooking trio

Agatha, glad we connected again and may we link up again soon, here or there.
Thanks for your note: “As always, it has been such a pleasure to have you. Every year, you come up with a great menu tha is always a blast to help cook. Thank you so much for coming for the fourth year-in-a-row. We look forward to having you back for a 5th!” Agatha and Patrick

..and mille grazie to all for sharing in the good times!

Thanks, too, to Lee Thomas for his photos.

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