Simona Fabrizio, with whom we cook in Orvieto, is in the U.S. on her first cooking tour here. We are so lucky to have her here along with her cooking stops in Cincinnati and Boston. She is doing a dinner for 22 and cooking class for 14 here.
Simona and her photographer husband Nick Cornish, arrived yesterday and immediately began cooking. Kristi and I made dinner for them and our two host couples.
Chocolate torta caprese
After prepping yesterday for dinner tonight we sat down for dinner last night.
Coffee to start the day this morning and back into the kitchen to cook.
Sofrito and frying pans to brown the pork for the white ragu.
Fava beans peeled for bruschetta and a machiato to help along the work!
More to come!
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For the third year Misty brought her magic to Orvieto this fall. She had new students and half who had been with her and us in Orvieto before. Such fun! Here is the group and a taste of their beautiful work.
Misty with her group
We also had a group doing Discover Orvieto during the week. We did many things, but one was to travel to Allerona to cook with our friend Simona. She is a wonderful teacher, and we had such a good meal!!
Simona got us all involved
We went into the garden at her house in the countryside to pick fresh ingredients
One of the dishes we cooked
Could you guess we were in an Italian home?
The Discover Orvieto group
There were spouses and friends of Misty’s group in Discover Orvieto. We all shared in meals, wine tastings, vineyard tour and more.
Here we all are together
Great memories, and future trips to look forward to!
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We had a beautiful week with Tracie Huskamp. She led her group in creating beautiful journal pages, while a Discover Orvieto group explored other places. Here is some of the art from the group.
Then there were the other activities.
Unloading grapes at the harvest
Just bottled Orvieto Classico at Palazzone
Delicious food at the olive orchard
Visit to magical Civita
Incredible food every day!
Sheer bliss! Thank you Tracie and to all who traveled with us this week!
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The Duomo has received a new statue to protect the original.
The new one had been covered for several days after it was put in place. The band played, speeches were made, the police were there.
And there it is.
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Yesterday was glorious, from morning through to the evening.
Earthly morning shadow of St. Andrea
It stuns in every light
And today is every bit as beautiful!
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Most people never get to the back side of the Duomo. It offers some nice views.
And then we were witness to a wedding.
This striking figure, who’ve I’ve seen before, was watching too.
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Orvieto has 1200 caves under its streets and houses. There are many places to see them. One is under Pasticerria Adriano. It covers 800 square meters on 4 different levels. An artrist has spent 30 years carving fantasy figures into the soft tuffa rock. It is very hard to capture this with a camera. Hopefully the following gives a sense.
Above and below are two passageways created by the Etruscans in the 6-400 B.C. era. These were used to move around and connect cisterns that held water.
Looking down into a cistern that's 20 feet deep. It was used for water.
Another smaller cistern. They lined these with a waterproof paste made of lime and volcanic rock – the world first cement.
And below, some of the fantasy figures.
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