Sunday, September 28, 2014

Taste of Italy

Our homeschool has always included language, in the form of Spanish and/or Latin. But this year, in addition to her Latin studies, we allowed Ruth to choose whichever language interested her. She chose Italian, in preparation for our RTW travels next year. She has thrown herself into it whole-heartedly. But, it's not just about learning the vocabulary. Language study generally necessitates cultural study, as well. This week, Ruth decided she'd like to do a cooking project. She researched what a traditional Italian meal would encompass, made the shopping list, went to the store with me to do the shopping, and did every bit of the cooking for the six-course meal all by herself. It was a fantastic meal, and it has whetted our appetite for things to come when we visit Italy next summer! I'm pretty sure I could not have produced something like this when I was 12!

Antipasto: Genoa Salami, Parmesan Reggiano, Assorted Olives and Asiago Bread

Primo: Bow tie pasta, with Italian sausage, tomatoes and cream sauce

Secondo: Pan-Seared Steak, with Pizzaiola Sauce

Contorno: Roasted Potato Wedges

Dolce: Tiramisu

Caffe: Caffe Latte with shaved chocolate

Our dinner mascot, created by Ruth's braces

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