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Cooking Class Fun

Shaquasia Myrie

This evening I attended a cooking class at a vocational school here in Prato. The entrance to the school reminded me of the MTV TV series “Awkward” the way it was set up.  We were introduced to the students and the menu and got started right away. We were split into three groups. Doug and Kevin were in my group with two culinary students. Each group made something different. We made Prato del Biscotti, which is a biscuit made in Prato. The other culinary students helped the other two groups make tortellini with tomatoes and mushrooms and salty crepes stuffed with spinach and cheese.

 

I got a chance to mix the powered ingredients together, roll the dough and cut the biscuits after they were done cooking. Some parts of the process the culinary students had to do, and I watched. After cooking, everyone ate. The food was Molto Bene! I took a few candid pictures.

 

Afterwards, we ended up walking all the way back to our destinations from the school. It was a 30 min walk which wasn’t too bad given all the walking I’ve been doing out here. The initial plan was to catch a bus back, which is how we got to the school. However, things didn’t go according to plan. I personally didn’t mind walking at all. I was listening to music and got a chance to spot a few signs that caught my attention. I didn’t take any pictures because my memory card for my camera ran out of disk space. I didn’t want to delete any of my previous photos either. It was nice to see a different area in Prato. Overall, it was a nice experience.

 

Biscotti del Prato

Biscotti del Prato

Candid Pic of Culinary Students

Candid Pic of Culinary Students

 

Salty Crepe with Spinach, Cheese, and Tomato

Salty Crepe with Spinach, Cheese, and Tomato

 

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Lucca Trip, September

Sara Haney

Frediano, an Irish monk, was bishop of Lucca in the early 6th century.[5] At one point, Lucca was plundered by Odoacer, the first Germanic King of Italy. Lucca was an important city and fortress even in the 6th century, when Narses besieged it for several months in 553. Under the Lombards, it was the seat of a duke who minted his own coins. The Holy Face of Lucca (or Volto Santo), a major relic supposedly carved by Nicodemus, arrived in 742. During the 8th – 10th centuries Lucca was a center of Jewish life, the Jewish community being led by the Kalonymos family (which at some point during this time migrated to Germany to become a major component of proto-Ashkenazic Jewry). Lucca became prosperous through the silk trade that began in the 11th century, and came to rival the silks of Byzantium. During the 10–11th centuries Lucca was the capital of the feudal margraviate of Tuscany, more or less independent but owing nominal allegiance to the Holy Roman Emperor.

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Palla Grossa

Sara Haney

Prato (fino al 1931 Prato in Toscana[3]) è un comune italiano di 187.159 abitanti[4], capoluogo dell’omonima provincia in Toscana. È il secondo[5] comune della regione per popolazione e il terzo dell’Italia Centrale. La piana pratese fu abitata fin dall’epoca etrusca, ma la nascita della città vera e propria si fa risalire, generalmente, al X secolo, quando si hanno notizie di due centri abitati contigui ma distinti, Borgo al Cornio e Castrum Prati, che si fusero durante il secolo successivo.