December News from Active Gourmet Holidays

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Greetings from Active Gourmet Holidays!

How about surprising your foodie friend or relative with a gift certificate for a cooking vacation? Just inquire and we can give you some advice on a residential cooking vacation or a non residential day or evening cooking class. 


We are featuring some great tours this month including our "Cook Like a Tuscan" program in Tuscany. Our recipe comes from the chef at this beautiful property and is simple and delicious! 


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Dec 2013 News Active Gourmets in Bordeaux
Active Gourmets in Bordeaux
Bordeaux, France - 3 nights

Available year round (excluding July 14 to August 15)

Savor the wines, foods and landscapes that define this southwestern corner of France between Bordeaux and St. Emilion. Your stay in the "Entre Deux Mers" AOC region is a unique way to get to know French people and to share their culinary passions. Your hosts are a French-American couple who invite you into their home, a comfortable renovated 18th century forge, and their nearby vineyard farm.



Read more: Active Gourmets in Bordeaux


Dec 2013 News - Legacy of Al Andalus
The Legacy of Al Andalus 
Andalusia, Spain - 7 nights  
Available year round
The Legacy of Al Andalus will enable you to discover and explore the abundant history and culture of three of the most enchanting cities in the region, Seville, Granada and Córdoba - especially in its exceptional food and wine. In Andalusia, life is lived to the fullest and eating and drinking are taken very seriously. This holiday offers you unrivalled gastronomy, incredible wines, food and cultural visits.
Dec 2013 News - Cook Like a Tuscan Cook Like a Tuscan
Cortona, Italy - 3, 5 or 6 nights
Available year round

Stay in a gorgeous 17th Century property located in the quiet countryside of Tuscany, just over one mile from the beautiful walled Etruscan town of Cortona which has been written about in the very popular Frances Mayes books. Enjoy an unforgettable cooking vacation with hands-on cooking classes that are taught by two Michelin starred chefs. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking panoramas of this famed area of Italy. 

Read more: Cook Like a Tuscan



 Client Testimonial 


Savoring Crete_client photo - Dec 2013 News  

"Thank you! We had an absolutely spectacular time in Crete. It was a trip I had never imagined... George was a first class host who went above and beyond to make sure we had an exceptional time... The cooking lessons were fun and very informative. The food was abundant and delicious-top quality and all locally produced. This was indeed a trip of a lifetime! Thank you for all of your help.!"


Sarah P., Ormond Bch, FL

Pauline B.,  Boulder, CO 



("Cook Like a Tuscan" Program

6 Servings 



3 chicken breasts


For the filling

3 pork sausages

1 tablespoon pistachio

½ grated lemon zest


2 slices of white bread soaked in milk
Dec 2014 News Recipe


For the cooking

Aromatic herbs: thyme, sage and rosemary  

3 garlic cloves

½ cup white wine


Make an incision in the center of the chicken breast. Prepare the filling by mixing the sausage, pistachio, grated lemon, the soaked bread and grated nutmeg

Place filling in a pastry bag and fill the breasts.  

Tie with kitchen string and brown in a pan with olive oil herbs and garlic, deglaze with the white wine and let it cook gently for about 20 minutes in pan or oven to 180°C (275°F)

Remove  the string and cut in slices. Served with sautéed zucchini with mint and lemon 



Contact Information
Active Gourmet Holidays
Jo-Ann Gaidosz
Phone: 1.203.732.0771
Fax: 1.203.734.6903
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Skype: active.gourmet.holidays