Archive for February, 2011

Asheville North Carolina

February 28th, 2011
Amina in Perugia

This weekend, Dave and I and the kids went to the lovely Blue Ridge mountain town of Asheville, North Carolina. Asheville is about 350 miles northeast of Montgomery, Alabama, where we currently live: it’s not a bad drive, mostly I-85 northwest through Alabama, then Georgia, and once in South Carolina a jog north and uphill for approximately 60 miles. Now the reason why we went to Asheville was for me to get a “mountains” fix and also get a little of the granola culture we


Arista Di Maiale

February 14th, 2011

This delicious, flavorful roast takes advantage of a favorite method of Italian cooking: slow, oven-top braising. This technique is used frequently by the La Romita cooks, and you can freely substitute other meats – beef, lamb, or even turkey, though the resulting roast will not be “arista” (see below). Arista di Maiale You will need a dutch-oven-type pot or wide-bottomed stock-pot for the stove-top: something that the roast can comfortably fit into for cooking. Cooking time: Approximately 2.5 hours. Ingredients: A 2.5 to 3.5 pork


A Note From Enza

February 13th, 2011

Cari amici, Ben and I went to Denver on January 27 for a LR reunion, which took place at the beautiful home of Marcy and Bill Crowl. Marcy and Bill were participants with Arlene Krogstad teaching in 2009. (Arlene will be teaching Session 7 this year on Aug 17th) They are very interesting people with interesting careers. Marcy has a degree in Fine Arts and before her recent retirement worked as a designer for a geological research organization and is now devoting full time to


While in the States. . .

February 11th, 2011

While in the states, we try and visit with past and future La Romita participants whenever we can. This winter, Ben and Enza went to Colorado to meet with our Rocky Mountain friends and participants with instructor Arlene Krogstad, who will be leading the workshop “Excursions in Art”  in August. I went to a gathering here in the San Francisco area at the home of Carol and Ed Maddox (“Painting Umbrian Hill Towns” in late June) and then last week went down to Phoenix to