September News from Active Gourmet Holidays

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Greetings from Active Gourmet Holidays!


Active Gourmet Holidays features one of our best tours called "Savoring Crete" (see below for a special promotion for this tour!) along with the ever popular "Florentine Escape" and "The Wines of Sicily" tours. Our recipe comes from a skilled chef from Cannes: ("Culinary Cannes")


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Sept 2013 News - 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!




October 20-26 
October 27-November 2
November 3- 9


Read more: Savoring Crete     


Sept 2013 News - Florentine EscapeFlorentine Escape 
Florence, Italy - 3 or 4 nights  
Available year round

Treat yourself to a relaxing getaway in a small and elegant family-run hotel, located less than 10 minutes from the center of Florence. The relais is an excellent base for excursions in the Chianti area. You can choose to have cooking lessons, learning the secrets of authentic Florentine and Tuscan cuisine from the host's mother while her daughter translates for the guests. You may also have a guided walking tour of Florence, a shopping outlet tour, a Chianti wine tour with the host who is a first level sommelier along with other activities you may choose to help you immerse yourself in the Tuscan way of life. Below you will find sample 3 or 4 night tours but we can also customize an itinerary for you to include other activities.



Sept 2013 News Wines of Sicily Tour The Wines of Sicily
Sicily, Italy - 5 nights
Available June and October - Monday to Saturday



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




 Client Testimonial 



  Sept 2013 News - Smith - Tuscan Wine Roads - Client Remark "It was a very well run, educational, and picturesque trip through Tuscany. The trip may have been better if all our activities were spread out over more number of days. Jo-Ann was very responsive with our inquiries and helpful in recommending places to stay and ways to get around even in portions of trip that were not purchased through her."


Virna and Michael S.,  Issaquah, Washington 







 Tarragon Chicken

("Culinary Cannes" Program

Serves: 6

Preparation time: about 30 minutes


This delicious classic French chicken breast recipe from Normandy, France is cooked with tarragon, chicken broth a little white wine and heavy cream.




* 6 boneless chicken breast halves (the chef always buys with skin on, in France called "Supreme")

* salt and freshly ground black pepper

* 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

* 1/4 cup unsalted butter

* 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion

* 1/4 cup dry white wine

* 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon

* 1/4 cup chicken broth

* 1/4 cup heavy cream



Sept 2013 News - Chicken Tarragon - Culinary Cannes



Sprinkle chicken breast halves with salt and pepper and dredge with flour. Set remaining flour aside.


In a large skillet heat 3 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Brown chicken on both sides,

Remove chicken and keep warm. Add the onion to the skillet and sauté for about 1 minute.

Add wine to the skillet nd increase heat to high and cook until liquid is almost evaporated, stirring with a spatula or wooden spoon to loosen browned bits on bottom of skillet.


Reduce heat to medium-low; add reserved flour, stirring to a thick paste. Add tarragon and chicken broth. Return chicken to skillet; cover and cook until tender, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove chicken breasts to a hot platter. Add remaining butter and heavy cream to the skillet. Heat through and pour creamy tarragon sauce over chicken breasts.






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