Last Thursday marked the second installment of In the Kitchen with Umbra. Professional chef, and part-time resident of Perugia, Christine Hickman, was on hand to teach students the art of gnocchi making. Students prepared the gnocchi from scatch along with the simple but buonissimo tomato basil sauce. Hickman learned the secrets of gnocchi (known also at potato dumplings in the US) from her “gnocchi mamma” in Castiglione del Lago, a small town on Lago Trasimeno, close to Perugia.
Even former Academic Director, Charles Jarvis, lent a hand! Dr. Jarvis, who has returned to Perugia to teach a course on American foreign policy for the fall semester, concocted the sauce and rolled out some gnocchi alongside the students.
Hickman will give one more gnocchi making class in two weeks before returning to New Mexico for the winter.