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Missions, Markets and Assisi Ties in Santa Barbara

Date: February 16, 2015 - categories: - 1 Comment

Not all cooking classes start with shopping for ingredients at a local outdoor produce market. But my Santa Barbara class with Mary and Ed did.

Pre-class market-shopping

Pre-class market-shopping

We’ve got the carrots we need

We’ve got the carrots we need

Santa Barbara outdoor market

Santa Barbara outdoor market

Strawberries tempt at the market

Strawberries tempt at the market

Not all cooking classes are preceded with a direct Assisi link. But this one was: there was San Francesco right over the main altar in the Santa Barbara (Franciscan) mission church, our stop after the market shopping

Connecting with San Francesco (lower left) in the Mission church

Connecting with San Francesco (lower left) in the Mission church

Earliest known image of San Francesco di Assisi in California. in the Mission museum

Earliest known image of San Francesco di Assisi in California. in the Mission museum

Franciscan mission of Santa Barbara

Franciscan mission of Santa Barbara

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Not all cooking class participants don a “Buon appetito” apron, gift of cooking class hosts. Mary and Ed’s cooks did – and then all gathered in front of their house for a photo:

Mary and Ed and cooking class friends in new aprons

Mary and Ed and cooking class friends in new aprons

Not all Umbrian rural cuisine cooking classes are greeted with a link to Umbria right at the front door. San Francesco is right there in Mary and Ed’s entryway.

San Francesco greets guests at Mary and Ed’s entryway

San Francesco greets guests at Mary and Ed’s entryway

Ed with San Francesco di Assisi in their living room

Ed with San Francesco di Assisi in their living room

Not all cooking classes start with a mini-quiz to check out guests’ knowledge of Italian. Ed had one ready for the guests and Garbriele and Jeff won first prize: first option on which dish on our menu to cook.

At Ed and Mary's, a pre-cooking Italian quiz!

At Ed and Mary’s, a pre-cooking Italian quiz!

Pre-class quiz at Mary and Ed's

Pre-class quiz at Mary and Ed’s

Quiz time before our class_renamed_20263

Quiz time before our class_renamed_20263

Quiz time before our class

Quiz time before our class

 

Not all Umbrian cuisine cooking classes have such varied past links. Santa Barbara hosts, Mary and Ed (and guests, Judy and Vince) had last toured with me in Umbria in 2004! Ed first cooked with me at a class years ago in southern California. Neither of us can remember the date – perhaps 2000?

Ron and Ron (who joined us for dessert) are a more recent link: I toured with them last year during their Umbrian continuing education workshops – and will be their guide again this fall for their programs.

Ron and Ron are welcomed for dessert

Ron and Ron are welcomed for dessert

I’ll see warm and welcoming Santa Barbara hosts, Mary and Ed, even sooner: they arrive in Assisi the day I return, April 1st, for a week-long stay in our Assisi apartment. Looking forward to having you with us, Ed and Mary – and know Good Friday morning events as well as evening procession will astound. And of course, you must join me at our local country church for the Easter cheese bread blessings.

And when are all of you other Santa Barbara “cooks” coming to visit me in Umbria? Mille grazie to each for connecting together while cooking up the Umbrian goodness.

Frank takes his quiz seriously

Frank takes his quiz seriously

Gabrielle and Madeline on squash pasta

Gabrielle and Madeline on squash pasta

Gabrielle, more wine vinegar in that chicken, per favore!

Gabrielle, more wine vinegar in that chicken, per favore!

Judy and Julio team on the bruschetta prep

Judy and Julio team on the bruschetta prep

Judy and Madeline work on the squash_sage pasta dish

Judy and Madeline work on the squash_sage pasta dish

Our host Ed with Valerie - on peppers detail

Our host Ed with Valerie – on peppers detail

Vince, Jeff and Gabrielle, cooking trio

Vince, Jeff and Gabrielle, cooking trio

A pause for tasty bruschetta

A pause for tasty bruschetta

Anne and Jeff form a _bruschetta duo

Anne and Jeff form a bruschetta duo

Frank approves of this bruschetta!

Frank approves of this bruschetta!

Mille grazie, team!

Mille grazie, team!

Ed and Mary's guests linked in conversation after our feast

Ed and Mary’s guests linked in conversation after our feast

 

….and here are our guests’ comments:

“Thanks for bringing my dreams come true! This dinner was a longtime coming but absolutely wonderful!” Ed

“What a wonderful celebration of food and friends and you” Mary

“What a wonderful dinner with so many wonderful guests. Enjoyed so much.” Marguerite and Frank

“…wonderful time with you and our dear friends….thank you, Anne, for a terrific time” Julio and Madeline

“I was looking forward to this evening with so much anticipation. What a lovely, interesting time with very fun people! Thank you, Mary, Ed and Anne!” Gabrielle

Gabrielle can’t believe I actually worked in the kitchen to help prepare this delicious meal! What a pleasure and delicious dinner – despite my contribution!” Jeff

“…a wonderful evening. Enjoyed every minute. Food was delicious- enjoyed cooking with everyone.” Valerie

“Thank you for an enjoyable evening and all the insight to our favorite homeland, Italy” Louise and David

“Thanks for a great dinner. You taught me to chop parsley so that my wife has given me a full-time job. Keep up your enthusiastic cooking lessons.” Vince

1 Comment

  • Stephanie says:

    what a special way to begin your cooking class! You probably felt right at home going to the outdoor market. I did not remember that the mission was from the Franciscan order, a bit of home away from home. Thanks for sharing, love the pics.

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