Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Greetings from Carmela's Cucina,

Are you looking for a very exciting adventure in Italy in the near future? Why not join me for one of my culinary tours this fall. The focus is great food, wonderful wine and a ton of fun. Throw in a few cooking classes, fantastic sights wonderful villas and hotels to call home and it makes for a perfect vacation. And we take care of all of the details for you. All you have to do is show up.

For all of the details on my Tuscan and Calabrian tours just go to my website at and click on the tours link. Then just contact me and reserve your spot. But don't wait too long the deadline for the tours is March31, 2010 to allow plenty of time for us to make our airline arrangements.

Calabria: Sept.4-11, 2010

Tuscany Sept. 18-25, 2010

buon appetito,

Carmela Tursi Hobbins

Friday, March 5, 2010


Greetings from Carmela's Cucina,

I am sorry that I have not written in such a long time. My Father was very ill and passed away on Feb. 17, 2010. I have been in Des Moines helping with his care and for his funeral. My Father was an amazing man, had a wonderful life and we were able to celebrate his life grandly. We will miss him everyday of our lives. I want to thank all of the many friends and family who have helped us through this difficult time.

Life goes on and Dad would want us to live life to the fullest. After taking some time to get back on my feet I am ready to take on the demands of my culinary business, Carmela's Cucina. Thank you for your patience and I hope to be able to write to you more frequently in the future.

One of the first things that I will be doing is appearing on SHOW CASE MINNESOTA on Tue. March 9, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. I will be demonstrating a Ricotta Pie (torta di ricotta) which is a special spring time luncheon item in Italy. It would be perfect for Easter Brunch. Please tune in and watch the show.

I will also be talking about my culinary tours to Italy this fall and about the information session that I will be holding on Sat. March 13, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. If you would like to attend this session please phone me at 952-929-9583 or email me at to make a reservation for this event.

I hope to see you soon.

Buon appetito,

Carmela Tursi Hobbins