From Treviso to Portland (Feb 12, 2011)

February 21, 2011

Last time I saw Shannon was in Assisi where I toured with her, husband Tom and their three bellissimi bambini during the two years they were living in Treviso, north of Venice. How odd to share Italian food once again - in Portland, Oregon - while cooking together with Shannon and a group of her friends! Not only Shannon's friends joined in our feast but also one of mine: Tom and I had studied together in Rome in 1968. Il tempo vola...! read more...

“In vino veritas?” …Maybe

February 20, 2011

Wine and its sharp-tongued sister, vinegar, are certainly sacred in rural culture, if not harbingers of truth. Our wise farm friend, Peppa, told me that when her family farmed, weak baby chicks were strengthened by wine... read more...

Truffles Top Off Seattle Cooking Class (Feb 10, 2011)

February 14, 2011

The last thing that I expected from my February 10th Seattle cooking class was the incorporation of black truffle into our menu! Yes, truffles are certainly a highlight of Umbrian culinary specialties but they do not figure in the menus I teach at my U.S. cooking classes of Umbrian rural cuisine. Betsy, owner of Seattle Caviar, was an enthusiastic participant in a recent Seattle class and brought me a good-sized black truffle as a gift! Mamma mia! Che sorpresa! read more...

Frittata Flipping – and other Joys

January 31, 2011

February 4th is just around the corner: D-day for me: "Departure Day". My U.S. cooking lessons/lectures tour starts in Los Angeles again this year - and then I'll be cooking in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Phoenix. Houston follows.....and then on to the Midwest (Chicago). I'll lecture at MIT in Boston - and also cook in the area. I'll have a Connecticutu stop - and my 2011 our winds up in Washington, D.C... read more...

Cooking a Birthday Feast in Washington, D.C

March 20, 2010

With hugs, Rhea loaded me into a wheelchair for delivery to my flight to Washington, DC on March 19th. Old friend, David F, from junior-year-abroad-in-Rome years, picked me and after lunch together with his wife, Liz, off we went on a rapid round of shopping for my family. read more...

Pennsylvania pleasures continue… March 14, 2010

March 15, 2010

The Pennsylvania weather perked up in the morning of March 14th as I moved on to Devon, receiving a warm welcome there from my hosts, Bob and Judy. Though our first meeting - Judy had read about me and my US tours on the Net - I immediately felt that I was with friends... read more...