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In Trabuco Canyon, “a Picture of Life and Cuisine in Umbria”

Date: February 10, 2015 - categories: - Leave your thoughts

Bill put it this way to me in his post-cooking class note: “Anne has provided a fantastic picture of life and cuisine in Umbria – and not only tonight but on our trips with her in Umbria.”

Bill and Kathie enjoy the pate'

Bill and Kathie enjoy the pate’

Kathie, good work on the peppers!

Kathie, good work on the peppers!

Barbara, John, Jan and Ron team in the kitchen

Barbara, John, Jan and Ron team in the kitchen

Such a joy to share Umbria through food lore, cooking Umbrian goodness and then feasting – as we did at Jan and John’s home in Trabuco Canyon.

Hostess Jan mixes the salad

Hostess Jan mixes the salad

Jan adds cheese to the pasta

Jan adds cheese to the pasta

Our host John and guests link in the kitchen

Our host John and guests link in the kitchen

And as always, new friendships were formed, old ties renewed. At this class, I met John T. (and his wife Wanda): John T. had studied at the University of Santa Clara the year before me and as we cooked, we shared Santa Clara links.

Tom and John T link in the kitchen

Tom and John T link in the kitchen

University of Santa Clara links at  this class!

University of Santa Clara links at this class!

 

Hosts John and Jan had toured with me in Umbria as had guests Kathie and Bill – and what better way to renew our Umbria links than sharing the flavors?

Jan adds ground black pepper to the pasta

Jan adds ground black pepper to the pasta

Jan helps Tom on the pasta

Jan helps Tom on the pasta

And Barbara and Ron, Tom and Bobbi, Kris and Rand, thanks to you, too, for slicing and dicing with us. And may we share good flavors again soon. Next time, at our house in Umbria?

Bill joins Barbara in handling the mushrooms

Bill joins Barbara in handling the mushrooms

Ron and Wanda ready to enjoy bruschetta

Ron and Wanda ready to enjoy bruschetta

Ron, Wanda, Bill, Kathie dig into our bruschetta

Ron, Wanda, Bill, Kathie dig into our bruschetta

Tom and Bobbi join hands to cook the Umbrian goodness

Tom and Bobbi join hands to cook the Umbrian goodness

Barbara and Kris team on tiramisu

Barbara and Kris team on tiramisu

Randy ready with the coffee for our tiramisu

Randy ready with the coffee for our tiramisu

Ah, Barbara, what a dessert!

Ah, Barbara, what a dessert!

Bill, Kris and Barbara ready to dig into our dessert

Bill, Kris and Barbara ready to dig into our dessert

A few comments:

“Anne, so happy to share in the experience. Loved learning of your story – mesmerized. Food, recipes, growing food from the dirt is a blessing. The best people I know are those who love the people and who love to share a meal.” Bobbi

“Coud not believe you went to Santa Clara! You are fabulous. So enjoyed our evening.” Wanda

“Thank you for a wonderful dinner. The art of cooking is a combination of art and creativity. The taste is the measure of the ingredients….and..hopefully you’ll be able to visit the desert and do another cooking class!
LOVED having the experience.” Kris and Rand

“Kathie and I have had a wonderful experience this evening. Anne has provided a fantastic picture of life and cuisine in Umbria – and not only tonight but on our trips with her in Umbria.” Kathie and Bill

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