January News from Active Gourmet Holidays

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Greetings from Active Gourmet Holidays!

Active Gourmet Holidays is pleased to celebrate our 12 year anniversary this month, offering the finest in culinary travel to our wonderful clients around the world. 


We are very excited to bring you some exquisite tours to Greece, a recent addition to our repertoire of delicious destinations. Look below for three exceptional choices to Greece, all offering different elements and itineraries. Greece is a country like no other and has become a fabulous foodie destination. Put Greece on your bucket list for 2014!


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Sept 2013 News - Savoring Crete Savoring Crete
Crete, Greece - 6 nights

Available year round - Sunday to Saturday

This is a unique opportunity to experience first hand authentic Cretan regional cooking techniques and recipes that have been developed and handed down over generations. Your cooking trip takes place in a beautiful wonderfully tranquil location in the mountain of Asteroussia about 40 miles south of Heraklion city. The cooking classes allow you to immerse yourself in the culture and lifestyle of Crete and learn to cook authentic Cretan dishes in an informal and friendly environment. All of the ingredients you will use are bought each morning from the local open market or direct from the fields so you will be working with fresh fruits and vegetables in season. You will learn the tradtions and passion of the Cretan kitchen and, most importantly, will have a lot of fun!



Read more: Savoring Crete


Aug 2013 News Bountiful Greece Bountiful Greece 
Crete, Greece - 7 nights  
Available year round - Sunday to Sunday
Greece always conjurs up thoughts of beautiful ocean, great food and warm people. This Greek cooking vacation promises to be an experience you will always remember. Learn the secrets of the Cretan kitchen through hands on cooking classes. Visit local food producers, learn about wine making in Crete, go on a picnic and simply enjoy the beauty of nature. This holiday also offers a free day where you can relax or choose from a variety of exciting options. very seriously. This holiday offers you unrivalled gastronomy, incredible wines, food and cultural visits.
JAN 2014 News Santorini Treasures Thumb NEW! - Santorini Treasures 
Santorini, Greece - 7 nights
Available June and September - Saturday to Saturday

There is a good reason why, when people speak of Santorini, they have a difficult time finding the words to describe its beauty. Active Gourmet Holidays is pleased to exclusively offer this incredible culinary journey to our clients. While on this spectacular island you will enjoy cooking classes to learn about the Greek cuisine and will also learn about the oldest vineyards in the world through wine education and tastings. You will stay in a beautiful four star hotel and will even have a sunset sailing tour to see the island from another vantage point. It doesn't get any better than this!

Read more: Santorini Treasures



 Client Testimonial 



Jan 2014 News - Client Photo - Magical Morocco  

"As always AGH has given me another exceptional vacation. My trip to Morocco far exceeded my expectations. I thought I would be attending just a cooking school; and it was so much more. Part spa with the worlds best massages and part cooking school with exceptional food, along with amazing accommodations. I couldn't ask for a better vacation."


Artrease S., Detroit, MI 




("Santorini Treasures" Program



  • 2 - 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup light olive oil
  • 1/4 cup safflower oil
  • 1/2 cup beer


  • 1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese, drained overnight in a cheesecloth-lined colander
  • 1/3 cup honey, preferably thyme honey
  • About 1/2 teaspoon (2 pieces) ground mastic (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • Ground cinnamon


JAN 2014 Santorini Treasures Recipe Photo  





In a large bowl combine 2 cups flour with the baking powder. Add the oils and beer and mix briefly with a wooden spoon or an electric mixer until soft, oily dough forms. If it is too soft, mix in a little more flour. Shape the dough into a ball, cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Flatten the dough with your hands. Place it in a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom and press it evenly over the bottom and up the sides. Line with aluminum foil, and bake for 15 minutes.

Remove the foil, prick the dough with a fork and bake for 15 to 20 minutes more, or until set but not colored. Let cool.


In a food processor, combine the ricotta, honey, mastic (if using) and cinnamon. Process for 30 seconds. With the motor running, add the eggs one at a time, processing until smooth.

Pour the filling into the cooled tart shell and smooth the top with spatula. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the filling is golden brown and set. 

Sprinkle with cinnamon and let cool before serving.



Instead of one large tart, you can make about 30 individual tartlets.

Divide the dough into 3 pieces and shape each into a 10 1/2-inch-long log about 1 inch in diameter. Cut each log into 10 pieces. Work with 1 piece of dough at a time, keeping the remaining dough covered with plastic wrap.

On a lightly floured surface, pat each piece into a 4 1/2-inch round. Put 1 tablespoon of the filling in the center of each round and pinch the rim to make a star-shaped crown around the filling. Bake on baking sheets in batches for about 25 minutes, or until light golden.



Contact Information
Active Gourmet Holidays
Jo-Ann Gaidosz
Phone: 1.203.732.0771
Fax: 1.203.734.6903
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