Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Timing is everything in Tuscany!

A lecture and tasting in Balsamic Vinegars. We do several classes while on tour.

This was our group this fall. I can't tell you when we have had a more exciting and fun loving group. Robin, my associate, is in the white shirt. The guests are from all over the U.S. How very proud I was to be their leader this year! They loved discovering, learning and appreciated everything, especially about great wines and delicious foods! What is there not to love about this region!

Cooking class

Ready for the pot~soup time! Fagioli all'uccelletto con salsiccia all'origano e mandorle!

Making a fresh tomato sauce for our pasta. (Salsa di pomodoro a crudo) Yes, we cooked for a day!

Frittata  di zucchine e cipolle~ready for the oven

Simply a divine frittata with a splash of olive oil!

How fortunate to be able to be there to share in the harvest this year!

Ready for harvest!

Let me guess, your mouth is watering!

One of the small hilltop villages we visit while on tour.

Our favorite well known butcher friend, Dario, in his shop. Holding court, as usual! He is such a fine host!

The mornings were cool and nothing better than that smell of burning wood taking away the chill in homes ~the burning firewood was addicting. Honestly, it was hard to leave this year....counting the days until my next tour.