It has been a wonderful summer for the Kirmser family with all of the kids and our five granddaughters visiting Grampy and Nonni for almost two weeks! Lots of cooking together, our annual trip to the Lighthouse Inn on Cape Cod and many laughs shared around the table.
My husband’s vegetable garden is exceptional this year with tender Swiss chard, lots of zucchini and cucumbers, peppers, black cabbage and an amazing variety of succulent tomatoes. We have thousands of cherry tomatoes, since, for the second time, our “resident” birds have seeded them all along the driveway, in my rose bushes and by the fig tree as well. We are eating these cherry tomatoes like candy, right off of the vine!
As I write I am looking at the herb garden that was also so opulent this summer, resplendent with chives, sage, lemon verbena, three types of thyme, Italian flat leaf parsley, oregano, and several varieties of basil. “Abondanza”, as the Italians say!
Both of our kids’ camps were sold out in June and August. We had great young chefs working together in the Cucina kitchen and turning out amazing Italian meals. I have to say that the risotto with our fresh garden tomatoes and basil was perfection! I am so proud of my Cucina Kids!
We have posted two Kids Cook Italian Classes on school holidays this fall: Monday, October 9th (Columbus Day) Zuppe e Pane e Patate – Fall Comfort Soups, Homemade breads and Potato and Cheese Frico. On Tuesday, November 7th (Election Day) our theme is Holiday Recipes from Sicily – delicious Maraventano recipes for La Vigilia. The full menus of the recipes can be found on the Kids Class page. Sign up soon so that your child will not be disappointed. Class size is limited to ten. We are certain that you will look forward to preparing these family recipes with them.
Now that Labor Day has passed and the kids are back in school I invite all of you to join me for some serious and delightful fall cooking. I am very excited to offer for the first time, a series of three classes for busy moms and dads, aspiring chefs and all “stressed out” cooks. Unfortunately dinner often takes a back seat to the pressures of each day. Allow me to guide you through the planning and preparation of a myriad of healthy and delicious meals for you and your families.
Join us in the Cucina kitchen for Pasta Pronto on Wednesday morning, October 4th, followed by Favorite Dinner Entrees on Wednesday morning, October 18th, and Zuppe! Hearty Fall Soups, on Tuesday evening, October 24th. Visit the adult class page for a full list of recipes. Sign up for one class or sign up for all three classes and save $50!
November offers two classic menus great for entertaining: On Friday evening, November 3rd, our Classic Partners class features Osso Buco and Risotto alla Milanese, cauliflower in béchamel sauce and yummy individual fallen chocolate cakes. A Classic Fall Menu from Tuscany, on Wednesday morning November 15th includes mushroom and fontina crostini, boneless roast pork loin stuffed with a rosemary pesto and crispy oven roasted potatoes to accompany the meat. Cannellini beans cooked in crushed tomatoes with garlic and a hint of sage is the cortoni and for dessert, Chef Enrico’s individual wrapped apples in puff pastry. Don’t miss this menu – perfect for a crowd at holiday time. Finally right after thanksgiving we will teach you to make several Italian American Favorites. Though these dishes did not originate in Italy you will see them today on trattoria b in Italy because of their popularity with Americans. If you love penne vodka, chicken scarpariello, broccoli with sautéed breadcrumbs and garlic and my mom’s deep fried ricotta puffs glazed with honey and lemon zest, sign up for this fun class on Wednesday evening, November 29th.
Balbina, Gina and I are eager to welcome old friends and new in the kitchen this fall. See you soon!
Proud to share with all of you a link to a book recently co-written and published by my daughter Fran Kirmser,
A Life In Dance
Fran Kirmser, 3rd from left in the front row, with the dancers.
Adult Classes in November
Kids Cook Italian School Holiday Classes
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