Cooking Connections in Austin
No doubt about it: our Umbrian feasts forms links as all unite to create those buonissimo flavors – and then share them. And there were a lot of links at Rachel’s Austin class, new ones and old ones rejuvenated.
I met our host Rachel years ago walking the footpaths at the Cinque Terre with my Roman friend Silvana. We reunited over the burners at a Houston cooking class a few years ago – and a photo of that event is on my website. Rachel’s on my right in the photo where I am chopping squash (in a blue shirt).
I’m grateful for your note to me and all your work in bringing me to Austin – for three events, Rachel!
“Such a treat to watch a feast come together. Thank you! See you next year.” Rachel
…and a treat to see, you again, too!
And Debbie, glad we re-connected in Austin, after first meeting in Umbria, when you took in Assisi’s wondrous May festival, Calendimaggio. And I’d love to return to Austin in 2016, cooking in your home, as mentioned in your kind note to me:
“So happy to have found you in Assisi – and now in Austin. Hope to see you in my kitchen next year!” Debbie
And what a joy to connect while cooking with such a delightful group.
Annie, your words mean much to me: “…you reflect all that I love about that beautiful country: passion, joy, love of country and fellow countrymen. Your food was lovely and delicious. Hope to join you again.”
Jan, I was so touched to hear that you chose to celebrate your birthday joining in our cooking evening: “Thank you for a delightful evening. What a treat… to enjoy your Italian class and delicious food on my birthday!” And here’s Jan:
Rebecca, great cook in your own right, I’m grateful for your words of appreciation: “What a pleasure to see all the fresh basic ingredients combined perfectly to make delicious food. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and talents with us.”
Tommie, delighted to hear that our Umbrian bell peppers dish won you over:
“I hate green pepper but I found myself eating pounds of your green peppers and tomatoes. Thank you so much for opening my eyes.”
And do meet some or Rachel’s other guests…
“What a wonderful evening of absolutely fabulous food and conversation. Mille grazie.” Pat
“Thank you for your perspective on Italy.” Susan
Pete bravely joined in – as the only man in this group – along with his wife, Bess.
Do meet them both:
“We’re now on your fan list – and we loved the discussion of lifestyles – can’t wait to see you lecture on Italian hand signs!” Pete and Bess
Thanks to all for a “united front” of support at the critical moment of the frittata flipping!
And I cannot wrap up this blog note without thanking you, Rebecca D., for opening your lovely home to this cooking group – even though you were too sick to join us! You were an integral part of my first U.S. tour in 1998, centering on a lecture about the 1997 earthquake in Umbria, putting together four events (in Texas, in Chicago)…f or five?
Mille grazie for opening your home – and heart – to us all. Sorry to miss you at the class but… do hope you enjoyed all the leftovers!
P.S. Here are a few more of my photos of our good times:
Thanks to Debbie, too, for her photos:
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