While the gray skies of winter are outside, in our Cucina Casalinga kitchen, we are planning several bright and exciting new classes to prepare for Spring.
On the evening of February 28th, beginning at 6:30, we will celebrate Italy’s unique Mardi Gras Festa. Receive a free mask, or come with your favorite mask, and get ready for some fun and delicious Venetian dishes at our “Carnevale Class - Celebrating Mardi Gras “Italian Style”
Please join us for a Special Saturday Morning Workshop on March 18th, beginning at 10:30, for a traditional and delicious Sicilian St Joseph’s Day Feast. Travel to Sicily with me to taste and experience two pasta dishes unlike any others here in the States; Pasta con le Sarde and Rigatoni alla Norma. My Grandparents, Antonio and Giuseppina LoCasio baked the huge wreaths of St. Joseph’s bread in their Arthur Avenue bakery in the Bronx, continuing the tradition that they learned in their native Nicosia, Sicily. Our beautiful homemade bread wreaths will be prepared in this class. Our dessert features the famous St Joseph’s Day “Sfingi”, the large sweet puffs filled with sweetened ricotta cream and dark chocolate covered orange peel! Deliziosi!
If you need inspiration for “Meatless Meals” sign up for the March 22nd morning class beginning at 10:30. A trio of delectable main dishes will be featured; Torta di Bietole, my Sicilian swiss chard ricotta torta with sultana raisins and pine nuts; Salmone Affogate, poached salmon with an herbed sauce and a stunning Sformato di Risotto, a molded ring of risotto filled with shrimp in a plum tomato basil sauce. Crostini with fresh ricotta and roasted cherry tomatoes, warm asparagus salad and a refreshing homemade lemon sorbet round out this outstanding class menu!
Every day family meals are the theme of Wednesday evening, March 29th, with Three Easy and Hearty Dinners in a Dish; including Penne alla Vodka and Sausage and Peppers (Giambotta) and a quick and easy veal stew with farfalle pasta.
Chef Mike Garaghty, the executive chef of Wusthof Knives teaches his fourth Annual Knife Skills Class on Wednesday evening, April 5th. A lesson of dicing, slicing and chopping, including the art of garnish will help all of us to prepare our roasted leg of lamb and fabulous vegetable and potato side dishes, Italian style! Our dolce is Torta Sorrentino, an orange scented olive oil cake we learned to make in Sicily.
An outstanding new cookbook from the Vatican inspired me to design a menu for a class featuring some of the Swiss Guards’ traditional recipes as well as Pope Francis’s favorite Argentinian Pizza “a Caballo” – pizza on horseback. Don’t miss these traditional dishes from Rome at our Recipes from the Vatican Cookbook and the Popes’ Favorites class on Wednesday morning, April 19th beginning at 10:30.
Do you have a Valentine who loves to cook? Perhaps giving a Gift Certificate for a cooking class that you can attend together would be special. Don’t forget that you can also purchase from our Gourmet Boutique, estate bottled extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, honey, and Sicilian oregano just to name a few items. Just call and we will have your order ready before February 14th.
Parents, It is a joy to teach your children! They are full of enthusisam, very comfortable in my kitchen and have incredibly sophisticated palates. I asked them after our Pizza class to suggest recipes to include in the Kids Cook Italian cook book that I am writing. Butternut squash soup, Parmesan mashed potato pie, potato gnocchi, linguine with clam sauce and chicken francese were some of their favorites. Please let me know if your kids have a favorite recipe that I can include in this special book.
Finally, our Kids Cook Italian classes are so popular that each one has sold out. We are planning a 2 day mini camp, Tuesday, April 11th and Wednesday, April 12th, from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. Sign your child up soon for one or both days! Class size is limited to ten
Balbina, Gina and I are looking forward to cooking with all of you this Spring! Until then.
Adult & Kids Cooking Classes
Gift Certificates are available all year round to present to your loved ones, friends and family. This unique, wonderful gift makes for a delicious and fun filled evening!
We love hosting corporate and private parties so don’t forget to book your event soon!