In the Kitchen

“Savory seasonings stimulate the appetite.”
Latin Proverb

While the group was out exploring and tasting in Pienza, Montelcino, Montepulciano, Centano or wherever, Chef Michael was back at the villa each day getting things ready for us to return for the afternoon cooking session which we looked forward to with great enthusiasm.

If we were having pasta or gnocchi for dinner, the dough was made and ready for us to roll or cut

and always there was the instruction that would help us get it just right. One thing I learned is that there is no such thing as too much flour when you are preparing pasta!

If stock was an ingredient, it would be simmering, spreading teasing aromas through the villa, and ready for use in risotto or soup.

Chicken would have marinated in our absence and be ready to go on the grill.

Bread was sliced for grilling


before being rubbed with olive oil and garlic in preparation for bruschetta toppings made with tomatoes or roasted peppers or truffles. Yum!

And always there were the makings of a sinfully delicious dessert on which we would put the finishing touches. Here the pears were poached and had only to be finished with plum jam mixed with ginger, pecorino and walnuts before being popped into the oven to melt the cheese.

How much fun it was to have us all working together under the watchful eye of a very patient Chef Michael to create every night’s gourmet meal.
Is your appetite whetted? Then, do come again to glimpse some of what went on the dinner table and maybe even get a recipe or two.

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11 thoughts on “In the Kitchen

  1. Oooh, drool, drool! Those pears look fabulous! I am going back to see all of the wonderful posts! How fun. You will want to do this over and over! Isn’t it just a blast?!

  2. As you might guess, P played the role of CEO, overseeing everything and keeping everyone plied with alcohol!

  3. Yikes Linda- looks so fabulous!!! Totally jealous! Heading up to Maine tomorrow- just for a few days to get the ball rolling for opening up the house! Can’t wait till Memorial Day to get up there for the summer!!! Will be checking to see when you arrive!!

    1. Lucky you to be in Maine. We will be arriving a little later this year, sometime after June 10. I will look forward to getting together.

  4. Your food looks delicious and I am glad you are enjoying the experience. I am too!

  5. Edward Harris May 2, 2011 — 9:47 am

    Enough! Pam has been forwarding your postings to me and I can’t take it anymore. Seeing your pictures has me in a constant state of hunger and thirst. Wood burning oven, fresh this and that, turning everything into a scrumptious meal. Hope Phil’s paying attention I’m expecting him to cook for us when you return.


  6. I am enjoying your trip so much! Just seeing your pictures I have put on five pounds!

  7. Oh those pears look sinfully delicious! What fun you are having!!

  8. So happy you are experiencing something this wonderful. The food looks amazing. Have fun!

  9. Hi Linda

    I was just looking in the fridge to see what there was to eat! The food looks wonderful so like they say in star trek -beam me over there scottie.Have a great holiday


    1. Thanks Julie. This has been a most wonderful adventure.

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