On Patrons and Babies

April 18th, 2011

If you’ve been following my posts for a while, you’ve noticed that in the winter time, while in the States, I’ve been giving presentations on La Romita and the art of the Umbrian hill towns. The beauty of the paintings available to us in Umbria is sometimes breathtaking.  Just walking into the various chambers of a church like the Saint Francis Basilica in Assisi or Orvieto’s Cathedral can be transformative.  The fresco painting is on a massive scale.  The walls and ceilings are literally covered


Verdure al Peperoncino

March 17th, 2011

With a January Primo Piatto, a February Secondo, we round out the meal with March’s contorno. The method below is most commonly prepared with chicory, but adapts well to any of the bitter greens. We suggest any of the chard varieties for this recipe, which can be prepared in advance. It doesn’t suffer from being served cold, either! Verdure al Peperoncino Ingredients: 2 bunches (see below– 6-8 cups, uncooked) of Chard. “Swiss” (white veins and stems) is traditional, but red or rainbow Chard work equally


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


Presentation in Phoenix, AZ

January 30th, 2011

Hello! I will be making a presentation in the Phoenix area on February 3rd, 6:30 PM at the Shemer Art Center and Museum, 5005 E. Camelback Road. Artist Julie Pollard, who will be teaching at La Romita from June 6th to June 20th, will be our host. http://www.shemerartcenterandmuseum.org/visit My presentation will include slides and videos and a talk about full immersion in Italian culture; where art meets serendipity. If you think you might be able to make it, please call me (1-800-519-2297) or call Julie


La Romita visits Littleton, Colorado

January 22nd, 2011

La Romita is having the first 2011 information session in Littleton, Colorado on January 30th from 14:00 to 16:00. All are welcome to attend to learn more about La Romita and instructor Arlene Krogstad. The event will be graciously hosted by former LR participant Marcy Crowl, Ben and Enza will be in Colorado to speak to people interested in attending La Romita and especially Arlene Krogstad’s “Excursions in art: Umbrian Hilltowns” art workshop that will run from August 17 to August 31, 2011. It will

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