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Jun 27, 2014 - A bell foundry, a cheese factory and pizza night

June 27 Friday was our last full day in Abruzzo and the schedule was a full one. Right after breakfast we left in the vans for a road trip to Agnone, a village in the region of Isernia, about 45 km away. The first stop was at the bell foundry, Fonderia Pontificia Marinelli, a family business that has been casting bells for centuries. Before we entered the gift shop we had to wait as there was a Bishop and his entourage inside, who were there to bless the making of a new bell. We toured their museum, which was fascinating in the capture of a...

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Jun 26, 2014 - Chicken ball soup, biscotti and wine class

June 26 As had been the case most mornings, I was first or second into the breakfast room, with smiling Teresa bringing my coffee as I sat down…a guy could get used to this. Thursday’s agenda would have us at the Palazzo for the day starting with our 10:30 a.m. cooking class. Dino introduced our lunch dish as a cheese ball soup, similar to matzo ball soup but rich with cheese. We chopped up peppers, onions and herbs to stew in tomato broth while we formed the cheese balls with bread crumbs, several types of shredded cheese, savoury herbs...

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Jun 25, 2014 - Vasto day trip

June 25 After breakfast we hopped into the two vans for the comfortable ride over the winding roads into Vasto for a day in the seaside town on the Adriatic. We parked near the Rosetti Piazza, referred to by Christina the day before as the “round square”, in that it is the town square but it has a round shape. The piazza is named after Gabriele Rosetti, a poet and political activist who was forced into exile in Malta and England after supporting patriotic nationalism in the years before Italian unification. Vasto is a beautiful old city...

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Jun 24, 2014 - Cavatelli, tiramisu and the truffle hunt

June 24 Happy birthday, Carole… and happy St. Jean Baptiste Day to Quebec. During breakfast, Christina asked us to select an afternoon activity from a variety of options…hiking, massage, mosaic art or a truffle hunt. Brenda and I selected the truffle hunt, scheduled for 4:00 p.m. Cooking class resumed at 10:30 a.m.in the cellar kitchen, where Cheryl and Dino would have us making cavatelli (small grooved pasta) in a tomato sauce and a tiramisu for dessert. The sauce was started with finely chopped onions, celery and carrots heated in extra...

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Jun 23, 2014 - Cooking school begins

June 23 I enjoyed a coffee with the other John as the rest of our class gradually drifted in for a leisurely breakfast at 8:30. We were introduced to Antonio, who had greeted us the day before to handle our luggage, and Teresa who put our breakfast together. Alternating their duties between serving, acting as baristas and bartending, they were both attentive and cheerful. Monday’s agenda started with a 10:00 a.m. road trip to an olive pressing operation in San Salvo, a town on the way to the seaside town of Vasto. Christina drove some of...

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Jun 22, 2014 - Cooking school in Carunchio, Abbruzzo, Italy

June 22 With no pressure to get up early, I slept for 10 ½ hours…unheard of for me. Our checkout was at 11:00 and we walked in the hot, humid air to the Airport terminal 3 from the Hilton. To kill time we slowly ate our breakfast snack before our bus pickup for our 3 ½ hour ride to our cooking school in Carunchio (pronounced “car-une-kee-oh”), on the eastern side of Italy, about 30 kms from the Adriatic. Our friendly driver Gino was at the prescribed meeting place, where we made introductions to our fellow guests, 10 of us in all. Along...

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