Somewhere between the arrosticini and the zafferano, the porchetta and the pasta, the truffles and the torta nera; somewhere between the city of Sulmona, ringed with mountains, and the blue waters of the Adriatic, I thought to myself: this culinary tour thing just might work.
We were eight: five intrepid guests, two gracious hosts and one cooking teacher (me). During our eight days together we ate wonderful food and drank excellent wine. We picnicked on top of a mountain; we rolled up our sleeves and made pasta. Every day we met people ~ chefs, cooks, food producers, winemakers, entrepreneurs ~ whose knowledge and dedication inspired us.
The inaugural Abruzzo Presto ~ Domenica Cooks culinary tour is now in the books. We spent a lot of time around the table but we also got out into the fields and beyond (temples, churches, hermitages, fortresses!). There were a lot of laughs and even some tears of joy, when one of our guests reunited with family she had not seen in decades. Thank you Barbara, Marcie, Patti, Paula and Peter for joining Nancy, Michael and me on this great adventure.
As always, I returned from Italy inspired, with new recipes to share. Those are coming. In the mean time, here are a few visual highlights for you to enjoy…maybe even to whet your appetite. For while the 2014 tour is now history, our Abruzzo adventure is just beginning. Nancy and Michael from Abruzzo Presto and I are planning more trips in 2015 (details to come).
Think about it.
It wasn’t all about the food. We took time to explore the beauty around us.