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Early Fall 2016

Cari Amici,

The cool breezes of fall are finally arriving but the days are still sunny and very warm.  My husband’s garden was the best ever; the Japanese eggplant, peppers and Swiss chard are still growing.  The large tomatoes and abundant zucchini are gone, but this summer the birds seeded cherry tomato plants all along our driveway.  We are picking loads of these beautiful and perfect little red tomatoes – so delicious in pasta sauces, salads, added to eggplant caponata or just eaten by themselves.  It was a great summer!

Our two Kids Cook Italian camps in June and August sold out quickly.  We got the message – kids love to cook!  At this time we are offering three holiday classes:  Columbus Day, October 10th, Election Day, November 8th, and Martin Luther King Day, January 16th.  All from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. Please go to the Kids Camp page to see the full menus.

Finishing our Tuscan journey - on Wednesday, November 30th at 10:30, we will prepare Classic Tuscan Recipes from the Heart of ItalyCrostini with assorted funghi (mushrooms) topped with melted cheese, butterfly pasta with prosciutto and peas, braised and slow cooked chicken on the bone with wine, tomatoes and olives, and Swiss chard and spinach sautéed in a skillet with pine nuts and raisins is on the menu.  For dolce, you will learn to make Biscotti di Prato, Tuscany’s famous biscotti served dipped in Vin Santo wine.  A real treat!

Remember to save the dates for our upcoming December Classes:  A Holiday Entertaining Menu Featuring Seafood on Wednesday, December 7th, from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, and an Antipasti and Dolce Class on Wednesday, December 14th, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Following this class our Gourmet Boutique will be open for the rest of the afternoon for your holiday shopping. 

Balbina, Gina and I are waiting for you in the kitchen – let’s cook together during this marvelous autumn season.

Buona Cucina

Sally Maraventano

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