Umbrian Bounty in Belmont (Feb 18, 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!
John, of Calabrian descent but born in the U.S., sang in Neapolitan dialect as he worked on the leek frittata. Son Mattia (now living in California) came to pick me up at the end of the class and enjoyed hearing John tell stories in “calabrese“, so close to the “palermitano” which his father and Sicilian relatives speak.
Once again, the preparing and sharing of food solidified old ties and formed new ones. Grazie, Belmont gruppo, for a memorable “culinary reunion.”
Here’s a comment on our class:
“A great job again. You are very inspirational to all of us. We all like to cook and you make it look so easy!” Rebecca
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