Our next stop is the wine store before going to the small super mercati. Check out the picture above. Yes, that is a UGA sign. Cortona is the location for UGA's Study Abroad program. Here we purchase the staples for the meal.
The butcher is our last stop. I love butcher shops in Italy. The smell is earthy and the selection incredible. The chickens are sold with their heads and feet so you can see the freshness. We buy a beef roast, fresh sausage and a chicken breast.
Alessandra lives in a charming house built in the 1500's. Her kitchen is the center of her home. We put on our aprons, a gift from Alessandra, and start to work. This is not a "sit back and watch" type of cooking school, but a chance to create classic Italian dishes under the watchful eye of an accomplished cook. During the day we cook, clean, eat and drink while enjoying the conversation. Kenny, Edwin and Keith join us for a wonderful dinner. The menu included:
a delicious meatball with beef, pork, chicken and olives
Fiori e foglie fritte
fried squash blossoms and sage leaves
Pecorino fresco con pere e confettura
pecorino cheese drizzle with honey and red pepper flakes
Bruschetta con olio nuovo
bread with freshly pressed olive oil
Ravioli al radicchio di Treviso e zaffferano
ravioli with radicchio and leeks
Risotto ai porcini e zafferano
risotto with porcini mushrooms, sausage and saffron
Involtini alla salvia
beef roast and sauce
artichokes with pancetta
Sorry I don't have a picture, I was too busy eating!
Limoncello and Grappa
Rossi e Bianchi di CortonaWhen we were planning our trip, the one thing I really wanted to do was cook. Thank you Alessanda for the perfect day. I now have a friend in Italy! Ciao!