Castel di Luco
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... of the town ~ firemen, policemen, city officials. I wondered if any of them were mafia?
After dinner we went out onto the Piazza San Benedetto for one last time. Us girls still had to pose with a copy of "Fayette Woman" in order to get our picture in the local magazine. It was such a beautiful night out on the square and we were a lively bunch. We spent one last night in the black chimney room having wine together & being silly.
... ice cream. The recipes always sounded so simple, but the flavors were beyond simple. We put our knife skills to work & chopped celery, carrots, radishes, fennel & peppers, that were put into bowls of ice cold water to make them crisp.
Off to the kitchen we went to cook the lentils, which were from the hilltop town of Castelluccio that we had just visited. Had never considered using lentils for a salad or even putting them with ...
... all winter? We walked to the top of the hill & looked out onto the valley, absolutely beautiful.
Our next stop was a pig farm. The little piglets were so cute and it was tough imagining them being turned into bacon in a few months. Surprisingly the fat mama pigs were mean to these little guys & kicked them off the trough if they got in their way. The owner took us into his butcher shop where we tried a few of ...
... our tour.
The lady's name was also Irene & she took us around the vineyard & we watched the grapes being unloaded onto a conveyer belt of a machine that plucks the stems off of the grapes, quite the operation. My favorite part of any wine tour is seeing the barrels of wine, must have been Sock Monkey's favorite, too because we found him passed out on a barrel!
Now time for the wine tasting, was pleasantly surprised with their reds ...
... herding his goats & we could hear the sound of their little goat bells ringing. Then we found a small creek & I enjoyed standing next to the creek looking up at the town of Norcia & its church tower. The Apennines mountains were all around us & the air smelled so fresh, the countryside was so peaceful & beautiful.
It was time to get on the small bus & go truffle hunting, none of us had any idea of what to expect. Our drive was a ...