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Re-uniting While Cooking in Arizona (Feb 22, 2013)

Date: February 26, 2013 - categories: - 2 Comments

This was my second “cooking reunion” with Maureen and her mother, Therese: we had cooked together two years ago in Phoenix and they were guests.

Maureen, Therese and I had reunited over the burners two years ago in Phoenix, sharing memories of our touring times together in Umbria during a cooking class. This year, another ” cooking reunion”- and Therese and husband Marc hosted the class this time. Maureen and sister Megan joined in with their husbands, aunt and uncle and family friends in putting on a feast. Roxanne and Linda – wishing to join in an Arizona class – were welcomed, too, and made new friendships while slicing and dicing, mixing and mincing. Sicily flavors reigned in this class (many recipes thanks to my mother-in-law, Vincenza) and as she cooked, Liz (of Lebanese heritage) remarked, “these flavors remind me of my childhood”. Not surprising: Arab and Milddle Eastern influences accent Sicilian cooking ( and art and architecture).

Before our class – and before each class – I give a short talk on Umbrian rural cuisine, rural food lore, Sicilian flavors and the Mediterranean diet. Lebanon, Sicily, Umbria: they were all there in Scottsdale.
Mille grazie, Therese and Marc and family, for your enthusiasm and warm welcome to each of us.

A few comments:
We are so thrilled to have you here! Fun, fun, fun as always and great memories!” Maureen M

Thanks so much for a fun, food-filled evening in our home” Marc and Therese M

“This was a fantastic evening – (and I haven’t even had the apples yet!” Pruitt

Grazie for the good food and great memories” Megan and Paul H

The best way to meet new people: sharing food and wine.” Roxanne R

“Thank you for a tremendous meal and evening – we are sold on Umbrian fare – great!” Don M

“This was great fun – let us do it in New Mexico next year!’ Liz M













  • Maureen Minnick says:

    Love the blog post, Anne! Brian’s favorite was the apple salad and mine was the pasta. Great memories to share as a family together! Can’t wait to make a new scrapbook 🙂

  • Maureen..missed your note but grateful for it!
    Good to cook with you in AZ…back there in 2014 – so thanks for passing the word!
    …e buon appetito, always…

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