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“Something Wonderful..in Lovettsville”

Date: March 23, 2015 - categories: - 2 Comments

To think something wonderful like this happened in Lovettsville,“ wrote Carol after our cooking class in Holly and Andy’s 19th-century farmhouse in the Virginia countryside. Mille grazie, Carol, for this reflection, too: “The best evening ever, Anne – you are just so enthusiastic that it is contagious and makes this whole experience fun, fun, fun. so charming… Please come back again.” Carol, I would love to come back!
…and you can see Carol in the photo above on the left, front row.

Carol, Jenn and Holly team to cook

Carol, Jenn and Holly team to cook

 

Holly, thanks so much for hosting this delightful evening (and Andy, thanks for letting our animated group “invade” your lovely farmhouse). Holly, mamma mia, a long stretch for our ties: from a San Francisco shoe store years ago to your months living with us in Assisi – and now, to seeing you again blossoming with un-bambino-on-the-way. Che bello!

So glad that you, too, enjoyed our time together: “Amazing!… a beautiful event… food cooked and filled with laughter, love and passion. The fun spilled over late into the evening and continued on to become a farmhouse slumber party!”

Hostess Holly dices up the celery

Hostess Holly dices up the celery

Holly at the burners

Holly at the burners

Holly checks out the peppers dish

Holly checks out the peppers dish

Holly and friend Linda approve of the farm-fresh eggs

Holly and friend Linda approve of the farm-fresh eggs

Linda and friend Holly united to cook

Linda and friend Holly united to cook

 

Cara, enjoyed hearing about your Sicilian heritage and thanks for the help on “pre-prepping” our cooking class.
“Very enjoyable evening! I so enjoyed meeting Anne and learning about life in Italy. The food was absolutely delicious…” Cara
Here’s Cara in action:

Holly and Cara team on the vegetable chopping

Holly and Cara team on the vegetable chopping

Linda and Cara form a cooking duo

Linda and Cara form a cooking duo

Linda,  Holly and Cara form a cooking trio

Linda, Holly and Cara form a cooking trio

 

Jessica, glad you joined in and your comments appreciated:
“What a wonderful evening enjoying tasty and new food. Anne is an incredibly personable teacher with great stories and a passion unequaled.” Jessica
And meet Jessica:

Jessica, what tiramisu!

Jessica, what tiramisu!

 

Amy, good to have you join in and thanks for your note to me:
“…a great evening. Wonderful food and people, and also so many great stories. I will look forward to doing it again” Amy
Here’s Amy as she joins in the cooking:

Amy, Anne B, Laura Lisa

Amy, Anne B, Laura Lisa

Laura, Amy, Lisa

Laura, Amy, Lisa

 

 

Lyneette, thanks for participating in the good times and thanks for your comment:
“A wonderful evening – great food – great people.” Lynette
Do meet Lynette:

Lynette, part of a cooking trio

Lynette, part of a cooking trio

Lynette teams with Jenn on the cooking

Lynette teams with Jenn on the cooking

 

 

Jenn, glad you were part of our group, along with husband and “birthday boy,” Hugh.
Your insightful comment appreciated:
Anne, I truly learned alot of Italian and Umbrian culture. Please make sure you can share this with many more people.” Jenn
..and here’s Jenn

Jenn with husband, Hugh, teaming to cook

Jenn with husband, Hugh, teaming to cook

 

Hugh, the only man in the group, you held your ground well! Enjoyed your note: “A most wonderful evening from Holly and Andy. I’m the birthday boy and a very welcome treat. Anne is very personable and funny…”
And here’s Hugh:

Anne F., hope we can cook again next year and glad you were part of the group. Thanks for your thoughts:
“Breaking bread – getting centered – cheers – tougher, (we) thrive!” Anne F.
You can see Anne F. here:

Anne F teams with Cara to cook

Anne F teams with Cara to cook

Anne F and Cara share bruschetta

Anne F and Cara share bruschetta

Anne, Heather and Lisa, cooking trio

Anne, Heather and Lisa, cooking trio

 

Liz, glad you enjoyed the food (as you wrote to me after the class) but then again, you certainly contributed to the goodness we cooked up: your sausages added a flavorful touch to our butternut squash dish.
Here’s Liz’ comment: “Excellent food, wine and company. Couldn’t ask for a more wonderful way to spend time with Italian cuisine!”
…and here’s the butternut squash simmering with the sausage (from the hogs Liz and her husband raise at Spring House Farm):

Liz’s squab adds a flavorful touch to our squash dish

Liz’s squab adds a flavorful touch to our squash dish

Liz’s squash joins in on the Umbrian goodness

Liz’s squash joins in on the Umbrian goodness

 

 

Mille grazie to each of you for uniting together as we cooked the irresistible flavors of rural Umbria.
May we do it again soon.

Click here for other photos of “something wonderful in Lovettsville”
…and a few others follow:

Holly with chocolate mulberry liqeuer she makes

Holly with chocolate mulberry liqeuer she makes

 

Chicken soup siimmers

 

 

Dicing and slicing trio

 

 

Holly and Andy

 

 

Linda on the mushrooms

 

 

Pate' - a favorite dish

2 Comments

  • Stephanie says:

    Oh, Annie! You have cast your beautiful spell on another group of lovely folks! The food looks absolutely to die for and the smiles, laughter & joy are almost palpable right thru my pc. So happy you had such a great time sharing your cooking knowledge & expertise. I think you lead a very charmed life! I have to admit I was a bit envious, wishing I was there to enjoy your company & great Umbrian cuisine with fellow enthusiasts. Enjoy your remaining events.

  • Anne Robichaud says:

    Always a joy to cook..and what a way to CONNECT!

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