|Civita di Bagnoregio, north of Rome, and near Orvieto.|
I figured a dozen horticulture students with no job prospects, but an interest in Italy, would apply. They may still, but I beat them to the punch. My 28 years of digging in the soil, with emphasis on organic gardening, qualified me. And having conducted some genealogy research in Italy, I am not afraid to speak my what-gets-by-as-Italian. I will be the first giardiniera in residenza, and I will plant their veggie garden for the season.
To date, I've made a few more cookies than I've written about. I'll post these during my trip, but I have saved two recipes to make in Italy. Some Italian cookies found their way into the Gourmet Cookie Book. I will make Biscotti di Regina (Queen's Biscuits) and Pine Nut Macaroons (Pignoli), and maybe one wild card to be chosen later.