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Seventh Time Around in Washington, D.C.

Date: March 22, 2016 - categories: , - 2 Comments

Kathy, Steve – and daughter, Carolyn – hard to believe that this was the sixth time commemorating our time together in Umbria through cooking up Umbrian rural goodness.
From the astounding floral carpets in Spello years ago to yet another memorable cooking class united in your Washington apartment: our links remain.

Kathy, so good to cook once again with you!

Kathy, so good to cook once again with you!

Kathy and Steve, how good to be back!

Kathy and Steve, how good to be back!

Kathy and I do the prep…before our guests arrive

Kathy and I do the prep…before our guests arrive

Kathy with her guest, Marilyn: cooking duo

Kathy with her guest, Marilyn: cooking duo

Kathy and Steve pair to cook

Kathy and Steve pair to cook

Stephanie and Martha, cooking duo

Stephanie and Martha, cooking duo

Kathy at the burners with Marilyn and Diane

Kathy at the burners with Marilyn and Diane

Kathy on the eggplant

Kathy on the eggplant

Kathy teams with Marilyn

Kathy teams with Marilyn

What chicken, Kathy!

What chicken, Kathy!

Kathy, Steve and Carolyn surrounded by their “apple crew”

Kathy, Steve and Carolyn surrounded by their “apple crew”

Steve and Peter, dish crew

Steve and Peter, dish crew

Kathy flanked by Jenny and Carla, “apple duo”

Kathy flanked by Jenny and Carla, “apple duo”

Steve, Kathy and Carolyn: a most welcoming family

Steve, Kathy and Carolyn: a most welcoming family

Kathy, thanks for your warm summary of our cooking ties: “Six years; seven hosting; eight dinners. A highlight of my year! You prompt us to invite interesting, different people to spend an afternoon or evening cooking together. Thanks. Hope to see you next year…again!”

….and I hope to see you again, too, next year. In the meantime, I’ll be savoring the memorable moments this year:

Carla and Jenny on the apples

Carla and Jenny on the apples

Diane on the burners

Diane on the burners

Martha decides more olive oil needed

Martha decides more olive oil needed

Martha, Stephanie and Marybeth: cooking trio

Martha, Stephanie and Marybeth: cooking trio

preparing-bruschetta

cooking-duo-2

Steve, flanked by three cooking friends

Steve, flanked by three cooking friends

Happy apple duo

Happy apple duo

Diane readies our eggplant for caponata

Diane readies our eggplant for caponata

Kathy on the cauliflower

Kathy on the cauliflower

Mac on the onions

“Mac” on the onions

Marilyn on the bread

Marilyn on the bread

..and here’s one of our favorite recipes: la caponata

Mille grazie to each of you enthusiastic participants – and I am grateful for your warm comments:

“Fantastic experience!” Martha C.

“Great food, great people!” Diane G.

“What a treat to finally meet you and enjoy your infectious enthusiasm for good friends and Italy!…” Marilyn S.M.

“It’s so wonderful to be in the Appels’ lovely apartment – and to see Annie again. Many thanks for the delicious food, for the fabulous company and hosts, and for Anne’s willingness to cross the pond each year to share her adopted country’s culinary gifts with us.” Stephanie C.

Fabulous food, Annie! You always delight – I so enjoyed the day – (and) hope to do this again next year.” Marybeth E.

“Che buona festa! Thank you so very much” Jenny B.

“Thank you so much for a wonderful experience. See you soon!” Charles (“Mac”) M.

2 Comments

  • Kathy Appel says:

    Thanks to everyone who joined us for our seventh meal in six years! But most of all, to Annie, who we have loved staying in touch with and cooking with since we met in 2007. Looking at these pictures reminds me what a wonderful time we had. Without you all, it just wouldn’t have been the same!

    For the first time this year, I also made several of the recipes in the weeks after the class. They never taste quite the same — no one can add ingredients “qb” like Annie — but were still fantastic, and got lots of complements from those with whom we shared our meal.

  • Anne Robichaud says:

    Mille grazie, Kathy, for tour note and thanks to all for joining in !
    Kathy, keep cooking: that “qb” will work itself out!
    ;l

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