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December News from Active Gourmet Holidays

 Active Gourmet Holidays

Greetings from Active Gourmet Holidays!

The holidays are here! Why not give the gift of gastronomy to your loved one by purchasing a culinary vacation?

Active Gourmet Holidays highlights a couple of "oldies but goodies". One is "Homestyle Tuscan Cooking", an incredibly authentic Tuscan cooking experience where you will learn to cook from Italians in their country home. The other is "Sorrento's Kitchen" on the beautiful Amalfi Coast which features an entertaining and popular chef with spectacular accommodations. We also introduce a new tour, "Trekking and Cooking in Apulia(Puglia), the heel of the boot of Italy and our recipe of the month also hails from here. 


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Dec 2015 AGH News - Trek Cook ApuliaNEW! Trekking and Cooking in Apulia
Apulia, Italy - 6 nights

Available April to October

Apulia invites you to discover its beauty, in both its scenery and in its cuisine. Learn how to cook from a native who will teach you all about the dishes of this spectacular region that she learned from her grandmother. This region is known for its wonderful abundance of fresh and dried vegetables, its delicious breads and homemade pastas such as orecchiette, its incredible cheeses and of course its large selection of seafood. You will see the region through wonderful hikes and excursions including the beautiful fishing town of Gallipoli, meeting some wonderful locals along the way.


Dec 2014 News - Homestyle Tuscan CookingHomestyle Tuscan Cooking 
Tuscany, Italy - 3 nights  
Available end of March to end of October 
If you want to learn how to cook true Italian food, then this cooking vacation is the one for you. You will learn traditional family recipes from Italians who have been giving hands-on cooking lessons for over 25 years. Classes are taught in English in an authentic country home, a beautiful stone farmhouse with an organic garden. If you prefer, you can stay in other accommodations in a nearby village. 


Dec 2014 News - Sorrento's Kitchen
Sorrento's Kitchen 
Amalfi Coast, Italy - 4 or 6 nights  
Available year round

Learn to cook authentic dishes from southern Italy and Sorrento by participating in hands-on cooking classes in a beautiful professional kitchen. Your passionate and imaginative chef, who also happens to have a huge personality, will share with you the secrets of this cuisine leaving you ready to return home to impress your family and friends. You will stay in a luxurious boutique hotel with a gorgeous view located in the beautiful Sorrento peninsula. The hotel was once an ancient home which has been carefully and tastefully restored offering you incomparable comfort.

 Read more: Sorrento's Kitchen


 Client Testimonial 



AGH News 2014 Client Remark   

 "AGH has come through again with a wonderful cooking school nestled in olive groves in Andalusia, Spain. We had a wonderful experience, something we will always remember. The chef is the ultimate of chefs with one on one cooking lessons and we were honored to have him teach us Andalusian cooking. We would never have found this cooking school on our own. Thank you Active Gourmet Holidays!"


Dianne and Peter S., Calgary, Canada  




Serves 6

1 lb. 2 oz of cherry tomatoes or datterino type

2 tablespoons off extra virgin olive oil 

2 or 3 white onions, cut into thin slices

10 basil leaves


AGH Dec 2014 News - Recipe - Puglia 


Wash and dry the tomatoes. In a frying pan or a wok put the oil, the onion, the basil leaves, the tomatoes and hot pepper if you like. Pay attention: cover the pan with a lid because they can burst. Sauté all at a very high heat, stirring and crushing the tomatoes. Simple and easy to implement, they are great as a side dish or as a sauce for pasta or to make a drink with some friselline. 




Contact Information
Active Gourmet Holidays
Jo-Ann Gaidosz
Phone: 1.203.732.0771
Fax: 1.203.734.6903
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Skype: active.gourmet.holidays 


“This was the experience of a lifetime.  It was more than a culinary excursion, it was an unforgettable life experience from learning new cuisine to finding serenity in olive country.  I was introduced to a wonderful world of Spanish cuisine and the down-to-earth lifestyle that defines Andalusia.  I cannot wait to go back!” - Opal H., Northport, Alabama

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