What Comes After a U.S Cooking Class?

April 5, 2013

The best "aftermath" to my February/March U.S. cooking lessons/lectures tour are notes like this one from Mary (who joined in and cooked with me in Pennsylvannia in mid-March- and then cooked our dishes for her family on Easter): "Anne, My sister Connie and I made the above dishes for Easter dinner along with Italian Easter bread... read more...

A Washington, D. C. Gran Finale

April 5, 2013

What a gran finale to this 7-week tour! Host Kathy's words to me are a gran finale in their own right: "i look forward to our classes every year. And every year, they are better than the last! It is so rare to see people who are all so happy - and they beam all the time they are here. Cannot wait to do this again ...and again ...and again." read more...

Patchwork Lunch in Washington, D.C. (Mar. 23, 2013 – luncheon class)

March 29, 2013

Hostess Bobbie had asked to view various Umbrian rural cuisine recipe sets for her luncheon group and worked out the menu by pulling together a few dishes from each of three Umbrian rural cuisine recipe sets. Varied dietary needs had required recipe alterations. The Amish patchwork quilts in Lancaster Country had caught my eye when there for cooking: the luncheon at Bobbie and Lee's home was a "culinary patchwork" enthusiastically put together by cooks of all ages, spanning the generations. read more..

Nepal/Rome Fusion in Bethesda (Mar 20, 2013)

March 23, 2013

Last night's gathering in Bethesda started off with nibbles of the fresh bread made by delightful hosts, Lisa and Gary. Whilte breaking bread before we cooked, some at the class re-united, others connected for the first time. Mike and Joanie, old friends from Rome junior-year-abroad, thanks again for your parts in yet another D.C. area class (this is becoming a tradition, vero?) Christina, glad you came along with Mike, reminding me of our family's wonderful stay a few years ago in your country, Nepal, as Mike's guests. (Next time, let's cook a bit of Nepalese, too!). read more...

Staying on my Feet in Pennsylvannia (Mar 17, 2013)

March 21, 2013

Michelle and George, Joe and Kay, Skip, well, I made it this year: I stayed on my feet for this year's memorable cooking class in Joe and Kay's lovely kitchen. My Greensburg stay three years ago was memorable, too: the morning after my Italian gestures talk (at Westmoreland Community College - sponsored by Professor Michelle), I fell down the stairs, ending up in emergency and finishing up the last ten days of my US tour with a cast and on crutches. Mamma mia. Teaching that post-fall Greensburg cooking class seated on a kitchen chair was a challenge, only made possible by the enthusiasm of hosts Vince and Patti and all Greensburg guests. read more...

Amish Simplicity, Italian Abundance (Mar 16, 2013)

March 20, 2013

It was a rainy day in Leola, Pennsylvannia but we still saw a buggy or two along the highways - and across the fields, an indomitable Amish farmer plowing his fields behind his team of huge mules inspite of the steady drizzle. My host Jerry took me on an area driving tour of Amish country - including a stop to see the quilts - before we headed home to cook. Table all set, wife Cathy was busy in the kitchen setting up for the arrival of our cooking guests. read more...

No “Malocchio” on This Pennsylvannia class! (Mar 15, 2013)

March 20, 2013

Like arriving home in Italy as soon as I walked into Frank and Sharon's welcoming Malvern home: chatter filled the kitchen as Frank's sisters washed a colorful array of fruits and vegetables for our class and in the corner, a pizza oven's cheery flame warmed all. Pizza was not on our menu but southern Italian foods highlighted our feast: a good culinary match for Frank's family of pugliese origin and guests with Sicilian ties - like Ed. And they all knew about the need to keep away the malocchio or evil eye- and the right gesture to do it. read more...

HANDS ON Those Italians in Brooklyn (Mar 14, 2013)

March 18, 2013

The students at St. Joseph's College in Brooklyn are now ready for their Italy trip this summer: whether or not they can speak Italian, they're now ready to communicate with the people. They'll use their hands. Art professor Jane Beckwith, their tour leader, has done a numero uno job of orienting her students to Italy, the art, the people: their enthusiasm was palpable at my talk at the college, for Italy-bound students and their parents. Mille grazie, Jane, for such a wonderful gathering and all your organizational work prior. Thanks, too, for welcoming Anton, Ken and Theresa - enthusiastic non-students who'd asked to join in. read more...