Archive for June, 2011

La Romita and June Festivals in Umbria

June 16th, 2011
Spello artist at work

June is the time of wildflowers in Italy; the colors are often breathtaking.  To paraphrase our native Francis of Assisi, the supreme beauty of nature attracts souls as well as bees.  Here are a couple of photos I took the other day of a nearby field: After Barry Thomas and his Arkansas travelers, the young artists of Ball State University’s Fine Arts Department brought their energy and talent to this old monastery.  Professors Scott Anderson and David Hannon, both accomplished artists, helped their charges decorate

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Bruschetta al Pomodoro

June 14th, 2011
Bruschetta al Pomodoro

Aside from a mixed plate of salumi and bread, there is no more fundamental antipasto that the classic bruschetta al pomodoro. This simple mixture of tomatoes, garlic, salt and olive oil exemplifies the foundation of italian cooking: quality ingredients, simply prepared to show off their best flavor. It is axiomatic that you must use the best tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and bread available. Thanks to the the Slow Food and Locavore movements,  it’s possible to either grow or find truly excellent varieties of tomatoes, each

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On the Other End of the Phone

June 13th, 2011

La Romita gave a fond farewell to Jenny Volkert in March this year. Jenny was one of the anchors of La Romita, who over the past eight years managed the office in Washington DC and was that friendly voice over the phone anwswering all questions concerning the school, the travel, and that wonderful country called Italy. Jenny recently moved to Boston with her husband and daughter to start a new adventure. While Jenny will be sorely missed, La Romita was fortunate to find Tracy Posey

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