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In this month's issue we are featuring Italy: Sicily, Puglia and the Veneto and France: Burgundy. Life is short so why not take that trip you keep saying you are going to plan??
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Slow Food LogoThe Sicilian Gourmet
(Options: Custom Tours)
Sicily, Italy - 7 nights
Available March to December
Enliven your senses and enlighten your fancy with our gastronomic tour of the amazing island of Sicily! Explore extraordinary ruins and enchantingly beautiful scenery, while visiting some of Sicily's most precious towns and select attractions.
Slow Food LogoAuthentic Home Cooking in Puglia
Puglia, Italy - 3 or 5 nights
Available year round
Puglia, the heel of Italy's boot, is an ideal location for a gourmet holiday. Puglia is home to some of the brightest seas, most beautiful sandy beaches, brilliantly whitewashed towns, a landscape graced with over fifty million ancient olive trees and the kindest people in all of Italy.

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Veneto Antonella ImageAntonella's Cuisine of the Veneto
Veneto, Italy - 3 or 7 nights

Available March to May, July to October
Enjoy an Italian cooking holiday in the heart of the Prosecco wine area in the Veneto. Stay in a beautifully restored farmhouse, where Antonella will teach you how to prepare wonderful meals at home. Her philosophy is that food is central to life; it should be full of flavour, beautifully presented, and eaten in a pleasing, relaxing ambience. It shouldn't be necessary to spend hours in preparation either; all it needs are the right skills and attitude. It's a question of lifestyle.
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Slow Food LogoCooking with Katherine in Burgundy
Burgundy, France - 6 nights
Available March to December - Sunday to Saturday
Experience the delights of Burgundy in a fabulous farmhouse. Join us for a 'hands on,' culinary vacation in the heart of the Cote D'Or, Kingdom of the Dukes of Burgundy where you will discover a patchwork of landscapes, valleys, rivers, canals and vineyards. 

Save 20% per person
Save 20% off "Cooking with Katherine in Burgundy" in Burgundy, France for the week of August 30-September 5, 2009. For details on this tour see the description above.   
Offer Expires: July 10, 2009
In This Issue
"The Sicilian Gourmet"
"Authentic Home Cooking in Puglia"
"Antonella's Cuisine of the Veneto"
"Cooking with Katherine in Burgundy"
Client Testimonial

"Dear Jo-Ann - Comfortable, breathtaking, exciting and restful when it needed to be!! Everything was wonderful. The tour guide Sorvano I would highly recommend to anyone. The travel agent, Angela, was fantastic and took care of everything!! I loved Sicily and can't wait to get back. Thanks Jo-Ann. I will give your company name to all of my traveling friends."
" - Bob R., Waltham, Massachusetts

In the Media

Recipe of the Month

("The Sicilian Gourmet" Tour) 
 1 onion
olive oil
200 gr of super fine rice (i.e. arborio)
1 big orange or 2 lemons
1 glass of white wine
50 gr  butter
50 gr of grated parmesan cheese
1 cube of vegetable bouillon
salt and pepper
Sicilian Gourmet Recipe Photo
Grate the orange or lemon peel
Heat the olive oil in a pot and brown the onion. Add the grated peel of the fruit 
("peal to alive" which means to completely remove the white part of the fruit) and blend in  a mixer. Add the "sofrito" (onion mixture).
In the mean time boil half litre of water with vegetable bouillon. 
When the sufrito is golden brown, add the rice. Add the white wine and stir constantly with a spoon until it is evaporated. Cook over a low flame. Add a part of the bouillon and continue to stir. Once the  bouillon is absorbed by the rice, add more and continue until done.
Add salt to taste.
Add pepper, the butter and the grated parmesan cheese. Stir and remove from heat
Decorate the rice with the chopped parsley and a slice of lemon or orange 
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Contact Information
Active Gourmet Holidays
Jo-Ann Gaidosz
Phone: 1.203.732.0771
Fax: 1.203.734.6903
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"Thank you so much for organising what turned out to be the holiday of a lifetime. Everything was first class from the luxury accommodation and transportation to our fantastic tour guides and spectacular excursions. While we went without a true understanding of Peruvian cuisine, we were blown away by the variety and quality of the produce and techniques used in the restaurants selected for us. We are already looking on the website for our next destination!" - Brenda A. and Lynne A., Glasgow, Scotland

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