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January News from Active Gourmet Holidays
CULINARY DELIGHTS OF GREECE AND SPAIN! January 2010
Active Gourmet Holidays
 
Greetings from Active Gourmet Holidays!

We have received so many requests for Greek culinary vacations and have listened to our loyal clientele. Active Gourmet Holidays is now offering exciting new culinary adventures to Greece. Please look below for a delicous recipe from one of the most popular chefs in Greece, along with some offerings in Catalonia and Rioja, Spain. 
  
Are there any other tours that you are interested in? Please let us know as we are commmitted to continually providing you with the most exciting foodie and active vacations! 
 
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Jan 2010 Newsletter - program photoNEW! Cretan Cuisine
Crete, Greece
Available May to November - Monday to Sunday
 
Learn to cook Cretan specialties from one of Greece's most talented chefs whose cuisine features native Cretan ingredients and whose recipes are regularly featured in the media. Your chef is also a culinary instructor whose travels abroad have deepened his culinary knowledge but his experiences have ultimately brought him back to his homeland of Greece.

 
Jan 2010 News Catalan Secrets PhotoNEW!  The Secrets of Catalan Cooking
Catalonia, Spain - 4 nights
Available March to June and September to October - Monday to Friday  
 

Ancient Spain invites you to enjoy hands-on cooking classes with a popular local chef, food related excursions including a visit to a chocolate factory, cheese producer and winery, along with wonderful accommodations in a small village in Catalonia. This tour will enable you to soak up authentic Catalonia and its gastronomy and beauty.   

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Slow Food LogoGourmet Rioja
(Options: Customized Group or Individual Wine Tours)
Rioja, Spain - 4 nights
Available May and October/Year round custom departures


Welcome to La Rioja, internationally famous region for its acclaimed wines and gastronomy. Join us for an outstanding gourmet wine vacation, tailor-made for groups or individuals who enjoy excellent wine and amazing food. Visit La Rioja, one of the most famous and prestigious wine-producing areas in the world.
 

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Slow Food LogoLa Rioja Wine Festival  
(Options: Customized Group/Individual Wine Tours)
Rioja, Spain - 4 nights
Available May and September (and year round custom departures)  
 

Welcome to La Rioja, internationally famous region for its acclaimed wines and gastronomy. Join us for an outstanding gourmet wine vacation, tailor-made for groups or individuals who enjoy excellent wine and amazing food.

 
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Jan 2010 News Rioja Wine Lovers ImageNEW!  Rioja for Wine Lovers
Rioja, Spain - 5 nights
Available May and August/September  
 

This wine tour spotlights Spain's most famous and historic wine, Rioja. It also features the newer prestige wine zone of Ribera del Duero. Along with in-depth private tastings of top wineries, you'll visit the Guggenheim Bilbao, the Gothic cathedral of Burgos, and enjoy gourmet wine dinners every night.
 

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In This Issue
"Cretan Cuisine"
"The Secrets of Catalan Cooking"
"Gourmet Rioja"
"La Rioja Wine Festival"
"Rioja for Wine Lovers"
Client Testimonial
  Client Testimonial

  "COOKING WITH CRISTINA"
 
January Newsletter 2010 Client Testimonial 
 
 
Hi Jo-Ann:  We had the best day and all went perfectly--thanks to our GPS system, otherwise, we would be in Romania---the wine tasting was delightful, and the ceramic visit was awesome and then to Christina's and a really wonderful evening. The food we made was delicious and we enjoyed dining with the family. Thank you for all the arrangements, as the day was perfect--- Many thanks again. Bobbi 
    

Recipe of the Month

 

 
Stuffed Rolled Leg of Spring Lamb with Anthotiro
and Wild Cretan Greens
("Cretan Cuisine")  
 
This recipe is an excellent example of the simplicity and imagination characteristic of the traditional Cretan diet. It features Anthotiro (literally "blossom cheese" in Greek), a medium-fat soft Cretan cheese made from goats milk and the local wild green known as Stamnagathi (spiny chicory), which enjoys the status of a delicacy because it only grows wild on rocky cliffs.
 

 
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Serves 2

 
13oz/380g leg of lamb boned and butterflied
 
6oz/150g Anthotiro
 
1.5oz/40g Stamnagathi
 
0.8 oz/20g/4 teasp Breadcrumbs
 
1 egg yolk
 
0.2/5g/1 teaspMint, finely chopped
 
White wine
 
With boned side up, gently pound the meat with a mallet to spread the meat to an even thickness. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
 
In a bowl, mix the Anthotiro, breadcrumbs, egg yolk and mint. Addsaltandpeppertotaste.
 
Clean and wash the Stamnagathi.
 
Spread the Stamnagathi over the meat and then spread the Anthotiro mixture over the Stamnagathi.  
 
Roll up the meat, starting with a narrow end. Tie securely with string.
 
Place the roll in a shallow roasting pan with olive oil and white wine. Sprinkle the meat lightly with salt and pepper.
 
Roast at 160-170 degrees (325F) for about 40 minutes. 
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Active Gourmet Holidays
Jo-Ann Gaidosz
Phone: 1.203.732.0771
Fax: 1.203.734.6903
Skype: active.gourmet.holidays
 
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HOMESTYLE TUSCAN COOKING 

Hi Jo-Ann - We wanted to let you know that we had an AMAZING time at the cooking school. My mother and I could not have had a better time. Paola and Simonetta were such wonderful hosts and teachers. We were treated like family. The house and property were beautiful. The hands-on cooking classes were so much fun...we learned so many great recipes that I cannot wait to test on my friends back home. I will definitely be recommending this experience to all of my friends and colleagues. Thank you so much for all of your help in setting up this once-in-a-lifetime dream vacation. It is something neither one of us will ever forget!

 

Best, Erin S. and Flor V.,
New York, New York

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