May News from Active Gourmet Holidays

May 2012

 Active Gourmet Holidays

Greetings from Active Gourmet Holidays!



This month we are happy to offer a delicious new tour called "Savoring Sicily" along with a mouthwatering spring recipe. Check out the details below.  

Inquire about our special discount for May 26-June 1 or June 2-8, 2012 for last month's new featured tour "Tastes of A Roman Holiday". Limited space available.


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May 2012 News Savoring SicilyNEW! Savoring Sicily
Sicily, Italy - 6 nights
Available April to June, September to October


Join us for a week of hands-on cooking classes and foodie excursions in the charming south-eastern tip of Sicily, Italy. The area is home to mile after mile of largely unspoiled sandy beaches, beautiful countryside, a series of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and lively towns. It is famous for the wonderful baroque architecture as well as for its rich culinary tradition as Sicilian cuisine represents the richness of centuries of euro-Mediterranean cultural encounters.




Read More: Savoring Sicily


May 2012 News - Wines of Sicily TourThe Wines of Sicily
Sicily, Italy - 5 nights 
Available May and September



Come see why the ancient land of Sicily is now Italy's hottest new wine zone. On this 6-day gourmet wine tour, you'll visit the new top wineries, see Greek temples and Byzantine cathedrals, lunch at an olive oil producer, take a boat ride on the Mediterranean, and feast on Sicily's multicultural cuisine.


Read more: The Wines of Sicily



May 2012 News Traditional Cuisine Amalfi TourTraditional Cuisine of the Amalfi Coast
Amalfi Coast, Italy

Available year round  




Become part of the culinary traditions of this special gem on the Amalfi Coast. Learn authentic Mediterranean recipes passed down from generations when you partake in hands-on cooking classes from an experienced chef. You will stay in a beautiful four star hotel with views of lemon groves and whose location is perfectly situated to explore the coastal towns and sites of the area. Your host is an active participant in organizing events based solely on the area's food and wine so  if you want to immerse yourself in the flavors of this pristine spot, this is the perfect choice.  



Read more: Traditional Cuisine of the Amalfi Coast







 Client Testimonial




July 2011 News - Client Remark Photo 


 "Just want to tell you that Ruth and I had an absolutely fabulous time. Carol really did a great job of showing us around the area, keeping us entertained, arranging the cooking classes and overall being a great lady to be around. I would very highly recommend this cooking tour!!!"


Carol R., Aurora, Colorado




Recipe of the Month


("Savoring Sicily" Tour)



500gr short pasta (anellini if possible)
1 eggplant
100gr young caciocavallo ragusano cheese (or provolone)
1 hard boiled egg
1-2 eggs
100gr grated ragusano cheese (or parmesan cheese)
400ml tomato sauce
fresh basil
"ricotta salata"


May 2012 Recipe Photo




Slice the hard boiled eggs and set aside. Cut the eggplant into cubes and fry in olive oil in a large pan until golden brown. Blot thoroughly with kitchen paper, salt and set aside. Cube the ragusano cheese or provolone.

Then, cook the pasta "al dente", cool it down in cold water and dress with tomato sauce, grated cheese and one/two beaten eggs. Place the pasta into a big baking tray or into individual small ones. If usuing small trays, create a small hole in the middle and place a slice of hard boiled egg, 3-4 eggplant cubes and 2-3 cheese cubes. Cover with more pasta and bake in a pre-heated oven at 190 until golden brown. When ready, take the "timballi" out of the trays and if necessary place again upsidedown in the oven under the grill for a couple of minutes.

Serve over a couple of spoons of tomato sauce, with more fried eggplant cubes on top, some fresh basil and "ricotta salata" shavings.







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