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Linking Up While Cooking in Monarch Beach

Date: February 9, 2015 - categories: - Leave your thoughts

Links are always formed at our Umbrian rural cuisine cooking classes and sometimes, surprising ones: at cousin Tom’s class in Monarch Beach, a participant, Sandy, had studied her junior year abroad in Rome where I had studied too (if quite a few years prior)! Sandy’s husband Randy proved to be an expert onion-dicer (for our Sicilian chicken dish) while Sandy worked on the Sicilian baked tomatoes with Cindy.

Cindy, good job on the tomatoes

Cindy, good job on the tomatoes

Cindy’s husband Dave – of Italian roots – kept an eye on the browning chicken, the marinated eggplant and also helped out on the cauliflower pasta sauce preparation. Becky and Ken, thanks for your teamwork on the amaretti-stuffed baked apples. Tonia and Ryan, thanks for pitching in wherever a hand was needed. And mille grazie to Sybil and Mark for opening your kitchen to us and to cousin Tom for connecting us all through cooking.

Cindy and Dave, pasta team

Cindy and Dave, pasta team

Thanks to each for your thoughts, post-class:

“Anne, this class is the best. Cooking..drinking wine..and sharing. Thank you for amazing dishes.” Cindy

Cauliflower ready to steam for our pasta

Cauliflower ready to steam for our pasta

“Thanks so much for an incredible night with wonderful food. I can’t believe you are a fellow Rome center alum!…” Sandy and Randy

Mark seasons the salad

Mark seasons the salad

“What a wonderful experience! Ken and I had the best time coring apples. Everything was delicious…..I look forward to reading your blog and attempting the recipes…hope to visit you in Umbria!” Becky with Ken

Tonia serves up the baked apples, topped with mascarpone

Tonia serves up the baked apples, topped with mascarpone

Host Tom and Tonia

Host Tom and Tonia

“Anne, thank you for a wonderful meal and a great experience with new friends! We love ‘real’ food for real people. Keep spreading your wonderful messages with the world!” Tonia and Ryan

More cheese on your pasta, Ken_

More cheese on your pasta, Ken

Dave serves Ken the caulflower pasta

Dave serves Ken the caulflower pasta

I love the italian food culture, especially since it is part of my heritage – Campobasso – I feel closer to my roots. Many thanks.” Dave

Cindy and Tonia ready for the pasta

Cindy and Tonia ready for the pasta

Ken packs those apples as Becky approves

Ken packs those apples as Becky approves

Topping our amaretti baked apples with mascarpone and ricotta

Topping our amaretti baked apples with mascarpone and ricotta

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