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Terre di Nano, Monticchiello, an agriturismo near Montepulciano.

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Giorgio, chef and manager, with Mimi, Ginny and Phyllis, explaining some of the history of the region and the agriturismo.  

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Mimi paying close attention to how to cook the potatoes for gnocci.

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What am I supposed to do with this?

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Three bottles of wine between the four of us helped make cooking class fun.

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Bucolic countryside

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A view to Montepulciano in the distance.

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Lounging hounds.

Making tiramasu

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View of the vulcan from the terrace.

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Squash blossoms almost ready for frying.

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I so envied the hounds; the napping part....not the lying in gravel part. 

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Tomato sauce, homemade from tomatoes from on the property.  Add olive oil, of course.

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Ginny had good technique.

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Dawg gone, what are these people doing here?

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Pay attention!

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Saltimbocca

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Of course a splash of wine makes everything better.

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Frying the squash blossoms.

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View from the dining room.

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We had lots of fun, but probably flunked the cooking class.  Good thing we weren't graded!