Hi RDG!! In the Valtellina, there were so many dialects just 10 kms from every village that I was constantly straining to understand a conversation away from the Bormin or Platin I had become used to! ( Sorry...I dont know how to add the accents to those words!)
I will give some examples and forgive me for using english looking words to explain..I never learnt how to write in dialects. The second word is ' sounds like'
Letto was letch
Latte was latch
Stanco was strak
Formaggio was Formai
I have no problem in believing that the word poster#1 is struggling with is most likely dialect. Problem is, with such a vague idea about a recipe and no further input from said poster #1, we are not likely to solve the problem in a hurry.
But....patience is a wonderful virtue and if he/she could get back to us with an idea of the region this recipe/teacher came from well....we could move montagne!!! LOLOL