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Alessandra runs Tuscan cooking classes in Cortona on Saturdays. It is a day class, the morning is spent in the market where she gives you top tips on good places to buy your ingredients and your learn about the food, like the steak sides in the butchers being labelled as to the cow they came from, where it was born and raised and when it was slaughtered.  Students, not the best word for a bunch of people drinking a lot of wine and having a laugh, then cook their lunch and eat it together. My husband went with two mates and learnt how to make pasta, ragú, roast potatoes in rosemary (yum), insalata di bresaola con rucola, tiramisu (it is a sin worthy of imprisonment in Italy to put cream as well as marscapone in it), and other dishes. They all enjoyed their day and went home with a book of the recipes of the dishes they made so I’m still enjoying the fruits of his “lesson” and Alessandra was great fun.  http://www.il-girasole.com/cooking.htm

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Thanks to Aurore for this post:

Foiano della Chiana : Market day
Monday is the market day in Foiano which make it the closest market from il Pino. Quite convenient when you just arrived on the week-end. You will find most of the same stalls from Camucia markets as many vendors do both or them.

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Saturday is Cortona market day. The parking can be a nightmare the later you go, but its worth visiting. There are stalls with seafood, cured meats, local cheeses, fruit and veg, cheap plants for your herb, vegetable and flower garden.  You can buy the Tuscan flatbread schiacciatta  which looks almost like an Indian popadom and is made with olive oil, rosemary and salt. It is very delicious with pecorino or with chicken liver paté.

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Thursday is Camucia market day. The vegetables and fruit are cheap, and unlike some supermarket produce, ready to eat. Don’t miss the porchetta stall, you can tell by the queue which one it is. Porchetta is pork roasted whole overnight in fennel and other herbs, carved for you at the stall, very cholesterol inducing and very yummy.

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