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Summer 2017

Cari Amici,

After cold and wet May and June weather, hot and humid temperatures have arrived to help our gardens grow!  My husband’s vegetable garden has some new raised beds in which he has planted arugula, Swiss chard, zucchini, a variety of peppers and eggplants, Tuscan kale, green and yellow beans and cucumbers.  The beef steak, plum and cherry tomato plants are thriving.  Come and cook with us this summer and enjoy the fruit of “Farmer Ralph’s” labors!

We are anxiously awaiting the end of the school year and our annual June Kids Cook Italian Camp on June 26th, 27th and 28th.  Our August camp session is sold out but we do have a few places left in the June camp.  I am counting on my Cucina kids to offer suggestions for recipes that they would like me to include in the “Kids Cook Italian” cookbook that I am writing.  Parents, I would love to hear from you too!

On August 8th from 10:30 to 1:30 we will prepare a picnic lunch to be enjoyed on the patio.  Don’t miss out on Insalate e Zuppa d’Estate, Salads and Summer Soup.  We will prepare and dine on a great variety of dishes ideal for taking on a picnic.

A Saturday evening class, Dinner by the Italian Seashore, beginning at 6:00 pm, will be held on August 12th.  If you love a cold marinated seafood salad with shrimp and calamari, spaghetti with clam sauce (enhanced with fresh garden cherry tomatoes) and grilled swordfish with a peperonata topping, you will want to join us for this special evening!

Finally, on August 16th from 10:30 to 1:30, the theme of this class will be Gifts from Our Gardens.  Vined ripened tomatoes with burrata cheese, rolled and stuffed eggplant, rotelle pasta with broccoli and homemade pesto, and a fabulous frittata with prosciutto, arugula, Scamorza cheese and cherry tomatoes will delight your palate!  Don’t miss our dessert, which is a recipe for a classic homemade Italian prune plum torte.

I am pleased and proud to announce that my daughter, Fran Kirmser, and her colleague, Rebecca Stemm have published a book entitled “A Life in Dance”.  A great resource book for all those budding dancers who hope to make dancing a career.  Details for purchasing this exciting and practical guide can be found below.  Many universities and college dance departments have ordered Fran and Rebecca’s book to incorporate into their curriculum.  We wish this dynamic duo great success with “A Life in Dance”.

Summer is the time that Nonni and Grampy wait for all year!  Our three children and our five granddaughters will come home to Wilton and then travel with us to the Lighthouse Inn on Cape Cod where the girls can spend some time with all of us in their “happy place”.  We feel so blessed to have the whole family together at this time.

Until we cook together - happy summer!

Buona Cucina,

Sally Maraventano



Proud to share with all of you a link to a book recently co-written and published by my daughter Fran Kirmser,
A Life In Dance



Fran Kirmser, Dancers
 Fran Kirmser, 3rd from left in the front row, with the dancers.

Fran Kirmser

Kids Cook Italian Summer 2017 Camp

Summer 2017 Adult Cooking Classes

The Cucina Casalinga Boutique, featuring gourmet Italian products like extra-virgin olive oil and vinegars, sea salt, oregano and honey, is open year round and can be visited by appointment, or orders can be made over the phone, or by email, for pickup!

We love hosting corporate and private parties so don’t forget to book your event soon!



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