Umbrian Bounty in Belmont (Feb 18, 2011)

February 28, 2011

Again this year in Belmont, CA., Nada generously opened her home and heart to an enthusiastic cooking group drawn together by Anne - who I first met in 1971 when she brought her (then!) second-grader Katie to meet me, "the new teacher" on the first day of school! Anne, who ever thought we would be cooking together years later?! Three other mothers of my beloved 1971 second-graders joined in on the class this year, too (our second time re-connecting "around the burners")....and a couple of fathers joined in the feasting at the end of our class. Che bello! read more...

Even Parrots Like Pasta (Feb 17, 2011)

February 22, 2011

I certainly never thought a parrot would be testing my pasta. Well, the sauce at least... Marilyn and Patrick's cooking class was the first to be observed by a parrot! I first met Patrick and Marilyn at a Loyola Chicago Rome reunion a couple years ago when they signed up for a tour day with me in Assisi, centered on our splendid May medieval festival, the Calendimaggio... read more...

Portland Women Create a Banquet (Feb 13, 2011)

February 21, 2011

I've loved acting as guide for Kathy Weeks of Tesoro Travel's Umbria trips. What a joy to re-unite with Kathy and some of her tour group over the burners as we prepared yet another feast in Portland, Oregon. Our February 13th cooking class was hosted by Chris who had toured with me in Umbria on one of Kathy's trips. She opened her home and heart to all of us. Che bella serata! read more...

From Treviso to Portland (Feb 12, 2011)

February 21, 2011

Last time I saw Shannon was in Assisi where I toured with her, husband Tom and their three bellissimi bambini during the two years they were living in Treviso, north of Venice. How odd to share Italian food once again - in Portland, Oregon - while cooking together with Shannon and a group of her friends! Not only Shannon's friends joined in our feast but also one of mine: Tom and I had studied together in Rome in 1968. Il tempo vola...! read more...

“In vino veritas?” …Maybe

February 20, 2011

Wine and its sharp-tongued sister, vinegar, are certainly sacred in rural culture, if not harbingers of truth. Our wise farm friend, Peppa, told me that when her family farmed, weak baby chicks were strengthened by wine... read more...

Truffles Top Off Seattle Cooking Class (Feb 10, 2011)

February 14, 2011

The last thing that I expected from my February 10th Seattle cooking class was the incorporation of black truffle into our menu! Yes, truffles are certainly a highlight of Umbrian culinary specialties but they do not figure in the menus I teach at my U.S. cooking classes of Umbrian rural cuisine. Betsy, owner of Seattle Caviar, was an enthusiastic participant in a recent Seattle class and brought me a good-sized black truffle as a gift! Mamma mia! Che sorpresa! read more...

Frittata Flipping – and other Joys

January 31, 2011

February 4th is just around the corner: D-day for me: "Departure Day". My U.S. cooking lessons/lectures tour starts in Los Angeles again this year - and then I'll be cooking in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Phoenix. Houston follows.....and then on to the Midwest (Chicago). I'll lecture at MIT in Boston - and also cook in the area. I'll have a Connecticutu stop - and my 2011 our winds up in Washington, D.C... read more...