March comes in like a lion… March 13, 2010

March 14, 2010

Little did I know but as "crutches-challenges" go, the worst was yet to come. My final night in "la Grande Mela", as the Italians would say, was with jr-yr-abroad Rome friends and new friends in a charming restaurant serving AMERICAN food (again, anything but italiano when I am in the US!)... read more...

Connecting while cooking in Denver

March 5, 2010

After Seattle, on to Denver for two wonderful events with classmates, old friends, past Umbria tour guests, future Umbria tour guests and new friends! Che bello! Jim and Cindy Tanner warmly welcomed me to their home -and so good to reunite with them (Jim had studied in Rome with me jr/yr/abroad and I met Cindy when I lectured in Denver in 2001 - good to be back!)... read more...

My days in Seattle…

February 25, 2010

My days in Seattle seem to me to have been filled with sunshine, though the weather has been the usual Seattle gray and rainy. Here, too, I've connected with many old frieds: Jim and Laura R., Doug L and Janie M from "junior-yr.-abroad-in-Rome" days (1968-'69) and Jane E, once a tour guest in Umbria and now a dear friend... read more...

Cooking italiano in the San Francisco Bay Area!

February 22, 2010

Great to see Susan and David Murphy again (many years after I was their tour guide in Umbria) in Sacramento on February 19th for the cooking class in their home. Many University of Santa Clara alum (like me) in this enthusiastic and "participatory" group of Murphy friends and relatives, including their grandson, Cooper. Cooper made and served our first antipasto, the tomato/rucola bruschetta and enthusiastically chopped and diced away during our class... read more...

Cooking with SCU friends in San Francisco

February 17, 2010

Cooking with friends just for pleasure happens quite often on these US tours, too. Last week, I made a pasta dish for three University of Santa Clara women friends here in San Francisco when we all gathered for dinner and reminiscing and laughter til 'round midnight... read more...

Cooking and Connecting in the San Francisco area

February 16, 2010

It's always good to return to the San Francisco Bay Area where so many friends now live: friends from my alma mater, the University of Santa Clara, friends from UCB (where I furthered my studies) and friends from my junior-year-abroad-in-Rome group. My first cooking class in the Bay area - on February 13th in Belmont - connected me with yet another very special "old friend": Katie... read more...