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Longmont’s Umbria/Colorado Link (Feb. 27, 2014)

Date: March 3, 2014 - categories: , - 2 Comments

"Care for a BACI?", asks Jim

“Care for a BACI?”, asks Jim

“Umbria” was all over Cathy and Jim’s Longmont home at our cooking class – and even before we started! A ceramic dish of the Perugia chocolates, Baci, was right there in the midst of all the vegetables, pots and pans, spoons and cutting boards on the countertops ready for our class. I recognized, too, a brightly colored FIMA maiolica platter from Deruta (a memento of our Perugia/Deruta tour together) and a visit downstairs to Jim’s wine cellar brought back a flood of memories. Some of their most treasured wines were from our wine-tasting in Spello (part of our first – of three – Umbrian hilltown tour together a few years ago).

Caren and Ron had joined in those tours, too and co-hosted this dinner of Umbrian – and Sicilian – goodness. Thanks to all four of you for inviting me to cook with you once again – (this was our second Colorado cooking reunion)- and thanks for also including my childhood friends, Barb and Sal. Mille grazie, too, to each cook who united to put the feast together. And so glad to have four hungry teen-aged boys to affirm that our cooking pleased the palate.

What a frittata!

What a frittata!

The most memorable moment for me? When Jim took over the flipping of our leek frittata – with the pizza paddle from their outdoor bread oven!

A few comments:

“Molto bene… great to see you again! Your passion for Umbria, food and all of Italy is infectious. Cathy and I are grateful to have spent another evening with you.” Jm (host)

Thank you for sharing your amazing talent for cooking and entertaining.” Robin

Thank you so very much….for reminding us to enjoy life through food, wine and friendship!” Victor

“Dolce vita! What a pleasure! Now I want to get all my college buddies to plan a trip to Umbria..” Patty and Steve

…a wonderful evening and a gastronomic delight!…a memorable experience” Pat and Cathy

“…an amazing evening..a great time..and so happy you did it at our house! …” Cathy (host)


  • joan slavin says:

    how great to see what you are up to these days! looks like so much fun and good food. unfortunately, i am not in pissignano this spring. pete will be there with all his sisters this year and i am sending them your way for tours and cooking classes!! i return in the fall and am ready and willing to help with the olive harvest and looking forward to some cooking classes as well. enjoy your time here in the u.s. and we look forward to seeing you again in the spring and fall…..joan

  • Anne Robichaud says:

    Joan..YES, a wondrous tour!
    Many have re-booked for 2015 – see you in Umbria

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