Ciriole alla Ternana

September 28th, 2011
Ciriole alla Ternana

By all rights, recipes with short ingredient lists should only need a few words of explanation, but obviously there are exceptions. Who could be surprised that pasta, the iconic dish of Italy, would need more than a few short paragraphs to do it honor?  Making fresh pasta may seem daunting, but it’s a rewarding endeavor and we hope to inspire you to try making some yourself! So in four parts: Ciriole alla Ternana Part 1 – Pasta Fresca Part 2 – The Story of this

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Adabelle Hill

September 27th, 2011

La Romita has been lucky enough to have some truly remarkable people involve themselves with the mission. One person who created an indelible mark on our school is Adabelle Hill, who joined us almost at the beginning and shortly became a fixture, lending her considerable talents to the school in its formative years and helping it become what it is now. So it is with great sorrow that we learned of her passing on August 20th, 2011. Enza Quargnali posted the following: Adabelle has been

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Ferragosto Update

August 24th, 2011
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We continue into August with one of the nicest summers in recent memory…cool evenings and 85 degree afternoons and perfect mornings for exploring the hill towns. Our last group was actually two groups put together: Carol Duchamp and her Bay Area Art Trek painters, and a group of artists from North Carolina lead by Fritz Kapraun and Virginia Wright-Frierson. The groups melded beautifully and trans-continental friendships flourished. Carol paints colorful mystic abstracts while Fritz specializes in en plein air watercolors and Ginny is a consummate

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In Depth Interview with Artist Lisa Guthrie

August 24th, 2011
Lisa Guthrie

Artist, art instructor, and landscape architect Lisa Guthrie has been involved with La Romita since 1989!  The Marin County, California resident recently spoke with La Romita’s Amina Quargnali-Diehl about watercolor, her artistic influences, her history with La Romita, current projects, and advice for artists just starting out. Amina: When did you first realize you were an artist? Lisa: I grew up around artists, and grew up around art… it was always expected. My childhood scrawls were always encouraged. My father had a classical arts background

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Fagiolini al Pomodoro

August 24th, 2011
Fagiolini

Green beans have a nice long season, and are a delicious accompaniment to a summer meal. Fagiolini al Pomodoro is a common preparation in Umbria (and Tuscany) and is (as most Italian dishes) extremely simple, essentially a short braise of the bean in a basic tomato sauce. As always, start with the best, freshest ingredients available to you. Fagiolini al Pomodoro Ingredients: 1/2 lb green beans, trimmed 8 oz of crushed tomatoes (choose the best canned tomatoes you can find) 3/4 cup of water 1-2

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Gelo Di Anguria

July 22nd, 2011
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So far we have made a point of presenting recipes that are mainstays of Umbrian cuisine. In the heat and height of summer, however, we felt that it was practically imperative that we include a recipe from considerably further south. Gelo di Anguria,  known originally as Gelo di Melone, is a watermelon custard with origins in Sicily. Melone (or rather, it’s dialectic equivalent muluni) is the Sicilian word for watermelon, while anguria is  used on the mainland. During the summer months, this velvety red custard

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Air Conditioning? In Italy??

July 20th, 2011
Edmund

The weather in Italy is sunny and warm all summer. That’s hardly a surprise. What’s been surprising is how cool it’s been this July – but really, nobody’s complaining. The Carol and Ed Maddox show left on the 7th with smiles on their faces and incredibly heavy luggage. When Ed and Carol are here, they are treated not only to Carol’s thoughtful and spot-on critiques and her treasure trove of techniques, but also Ed’s expertise on wines and foods…sometimes quite obscure…usually with an interesting story

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Glimpses of Umbria

July 18th, 2011

A note from Holly Quan (2011 Participant) For the past two weeks, we’ve been living in a paint box. Think about it. Everywhere you look, there is color, juicy color. Gelato in jewel tones, pottery, brilliant flowers, everywhere your eye settles there is color. Whether your native palette is the black and white of a prairie winter, the monochrome of the high desert, or the concrete and glass of a big city, I think it’s safe to say that most of us are unaccustomed to

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