After the dinner, next up for Simona and Nick on their American and Morganton adventure, was a cooking class at the Reihl’s house on beautiful Lake James. Dianne had set up two gorgeous tables on which to eat and her kitchen lent itself perfectly to the 12 in the class.
The menu was a fava bean/ricotta/mint crostino, a pear and Gorgonzola risotto with salad and roasted potatoes, chicken cacciatora, and panna cotta with coffee caramel and raisins steeped in wine.
One of Dianne’s 2 beautiful tables
Ready for the cooking students
Assembled and ready to begin
Peeling pears to be cooked in wine and added to the risotto
Watching Simona demonstrate
It was fun with much laughter
Some of the men prepare the crostini
Look what a good job they did!
Preparing the coffee caramel for dessert
The Reihls and Simona
What fun it was. It was sad to see Nick and Simona leave, but they were off for more cooking in Boston. Such a treat for us to have them here. You can cook with Simona at her farmhouse in October via our Taste of Orvieto trip!
Nick and Simona may return for another round. We have encouraged Nick to teach some photography while he is here, if they come. To see his incredible work go here. And to learn more about Simona visit her website.
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The prepping continued in our kitchen before heading over to our dinner hosts.
Green beans tied with a chive
Kristi and Simona flank Nick after the car is loaded with all the food and wine.
The hosts, Sharon and Phil, with Simona and the beautiful tables
Nick and Simona as dinner nears.
Different parts of dinner being prepared. The starter was a roasted red onion, arugula and walnut salad with ciabatta bread. The “primo” was a pork ragu made in a white sauce of wine and herbs, including dried fennel flowers. The “secondo” was a chicken breast stuffed with sundried tomato, pistachio, and walnut pesto, and wrapped in prosciutto, served with the green beans and roasted cherry tomatoes.
21 people enjoyed the feast! But wait, there is dessert.
This is a torta caprese made with 75% dark chocolate, ground almonds, served with a cappuccino whipped cream and berries cooked in wine. Mamma Mia!
After dinner Sharon introduced Simona, who explained the ingredients to the guests. Next up, a cooking class.
You can learn more about Simona at http://www.sagraincasa.com, follow her on her blog, and she is on Twitter and Instagram.
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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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