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Italian Together in Another Lifetime?

Date: April 16, 2015 - categories: - 1 Comment

What better way to wrap up a U.S. cooking lessons/lectures tour than by cooking Italian flavors with so many who have lived in Italy- or toured there with me (and not just once!)? Ah, those “Italian connections”!

Hostess Leslie put it this way: “I feel as if we knew each other in another life. Perhaps we were Italians together in another life!… a beautiful afternoon… so frantic, so wonderful… so Italian….We love you and the class. Thank you so very much for all.” Yes, a delightful class as you can see on Youtube.

Ted serves up the pasta

Ted serves up the pasta

“Ah, che buono!” Leslie exclaims

Ah, che buono!” Leslie exclaims

Ted, Leslie and Carolyn serve up the goodness

Ted, Leslie and Carolyn serve up the goodness

Ted and Leslie and cooking friends

Ted and Leslie and cooking friends

Leslie and husband Ted – now in Annapolis, MD – had lived in Naples, where Leslie was president of the International Archaeological Society of Naples. Their home displays their love of Italy – and Leslie’s love of Italian antiquities – in Leslie’s art, in the Italian ceramics.

Ted and Leslie with Leslie’s art - and their new aprons!

Ted and Leslie with Leslie’s art – and their new aprons!

Italian ceramics reign in their living room

Italian ceramics reign in their living room

Leslie’s art

Leslie’s art

Leslie and Ted under Leslie’s art.

Leslie and Ted under Leslie’s art.

With Ted and Leslie..and Leslie’s art

With Ted and Leslie..and Leslie’s art

… not to mention the limoncello topping off our dessert!

Limoncello links up all the cooks!

Limoncello links up all the cooks!

Steve and Jenny, good to cook with you again in the US, renewing the “Italian bond” formed when we toured together in Italy years ago. I’m grateful for your comment, end of class: “Wonderful class, excellent food and spectacular company.”

Jenny on the peppers

Jenny on the peppers

Steve and Jenny, cooking duo

Steve and Jenny, cooking duo

Steve handles the leeks

Steve handles the leeks

Marci and Mitch, you also are both enthusiastic participants in my U.S. cooking classes, uniting us again in that “Italian connection” first formed when we toured together. Good news to hear you might be back in Italy next year: “Wonderful to see you again. Good food, good company..as always. Next year in Italy!”

Hostess Leslie links up with guest, Marci

Hostess Leslie links up with guest, Marci

Marci and Mitch, bruschetta duo

Marci and Mitch, bruschetta duo

Marci and Mitch near an Assisi memento in Leslie and Ted’s home

Marci and Mitch near an Assisi memento in Leslie and Ted’s home

Jenny and Kim, Italophiles, thanks for joining in so enthusiastically and hope the class made you nostalgic for Italy! Mille grazie for your notes to me:

Even having lived in Napoli, there is always something to learn!” Kim
Che bella vita! Una buona esperienza. Una buon idea per lavoro” Jenny C.

Jenny and Kim, united to share Umbrian goodness

Jenny and Kim, united to share Umbrian goodness

Chocolate coming up for our tiramisu!

Chocolate coming up for our tiramisu!

Ken, another former “napoletano”, glad we met over Italian goodness. “Outstanding food, company and learning! Can’t wait to do it again.”

Ken on tiramisu detail

Ken on tiramisu detail

Jenna, glad you “tasted” our life in Italy as well as the Umbrian flavors:

“What a delightful spring afternoon! Anne, you are brilliant! You’ve brought to our group a taste of your life, of Italy and exceptional flavors…”

Jenna joins the pasta relay

Jenna joins the pasta relay

Jenna works on the tiramisu

Jenna works on the tiramisu

Jenna teams with Whitley on the tiramisu

Jenna teams with Whitley on the tiramisu

Bill and Jeanne, Mark and Carolyn, Deborah and Whitley, thanks to each of you for so enthusiastically sharing in the Umbrian goodness. I appreciate your comments, feedback:

“We had a great time. Great food, great energy! Thank you for a fun experience.” Bill and Jeanne

Bill and Jeanne at the cutting board

Bill and Jeanne at the cutting board

Bill handles the arugula

Bill handles the arugula

Bill and Mark team on the bruschetta

Bill and Mark team on the bruschetta

“Whitley and I had a wonderful time learning of your Italian initiation and subsequent successful transformation to the good life. Thank you for sharing your food and your experiences.” Deborah

Deborah adds the garlic to our mushrooms

Deborah adds the garlic to our mushrooms

Deborah at the burners

Deborah at the burners

Whitley masters tiramisu

Whitley masters tiramisu

Whitley, part of our tiramisu team

Whitley, part of our tiramisu team

“We have had an amazing time and plan to recommend this adventure to everyone!” Mark and Carolyn
“Loved the experience. I’ve been learning to cook this year and this afternoon has been wonderful…” Mark

Mark takes over the mushroom bruschetta

Mark takes over the mushroom bruschetta

Carolyn and Mark, cooking pair

Carolyn and Mark, cooking pair

Carolyn and Jenna team up to serve the pasta

Carolyn and Jenna team up to serve the pasta

Mark and Carolyn join Marci and Mitch at the cutting boards

Mark and Carolyn join Marci and Mitch at the cutting boards

Mark slices up the bread

Mark slices up the bread

Leslie, thanks to you for capturing the good times here.

…and again, Italian Notebook weaves connections at the U.S. cooking classes: Leslie has followed my notes on the site and she, too, has contributed articles, both on Good Friday in Procida and on Carnevale in Putignano.
Leslie, were we “Italians together in another lifetime”? Not sure. But Italy has certainly linked us together in this lifetime.

1 Comment

  • Anne – what an incredible afternoon! We could have been there in Umbria enjoying pranzo with friends – a steamy kitchen filled with love and laughter, lots of good food, great wine and of course you! Abbracci – Leslie and Ted

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