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Spring 2015

Cari Amici,

Spring is officially here and we are ready to teach delicious and fun recipes featuring fresh spring vegetables and quick meals to prepare for your family and for entertaining.

We still have two spots left for Chef Mike’s knife technique class and dinner on Tuesday evening, April 21st , from 6:30 to 9:30. Spend a wonderful evening with us while improving your knife skills!

Back by popular demand “Favorite Italian American Recipes” including chicken scarpariella and penne ala vodka kicks off the new class schedule on Tuesday, May 5th from 6:30 to 9:30.

Treat yourself and the mom in your life to a special Saturday workshop on May 9th from 10:30 to 1:30.  We have planned "A Perfect Spring Menu for Entertaining”, featuring some delicious dishes including a mouth-watering desert of tiramisu with Chambord and fresh strawberries.

Cioppino, a luscious symphony of fish and shellfish is one of my favorite recipes along with Sicilian stuffed artichokes.  Join us on Wednesday evening on May 13th, from 6:30 to 9:30 to learn how to prepare this delicious and easy seafood dish.

Cucina Casalinga’s kitchen will be closed from May 20th to 30th, while I take a group trip to Sicily, land of my ancestors!

June heralds the arrival of summer, so keep in touch for postings of new classes.  We are hoping our herb garden thrives so that we can enjoy a luncheon menu featuring herbs from the kitchen garden, which are essential for Italian cooking.  Our Tuscan brick oven will also be lit for our first pizza class of the season and that is a class not to be missed! Stay tuned to the web for the details.

Parents sign up your 9 to 15 year old children for our Annual Kids Cook Italian Summer Camp, August 9, 10, 11 and 13th.  Once again our favorite baker, Maria Sanchez, will delight the kids with special baking and decorating techniques; her class is entitled “Fun with Fondant!  See what your children will be cooking by visiting the kid’s camp page on our website.  To give your child lots of hands-on attention the camp is limited to just ten participants so sign up soon!

Until we cook together, Gina, Balbina and I wish you a very happy Spring!

Buona Cucina,



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We enjoyed having students from the Forman School on a chilly day in the beginning of March. The students participated in a hands-on class and thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful foods that they prepared.

Hello Sally,
Once more I would like to thank you for a wonderful day that was spent last week. The students continue to rave about the food and we plan to make Risotto on Thursday following your recipe. We are looking forward to working with you next year because I plan to lead another 2 week culinary cooking class. Million thanks. Regards, Murielle

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Annual Kids Cook Italian Summer Camp

Your kids will love participating in a four day summer cooking program! Daily programs and a special guest chef to be announced! More info >


Cucina Casalinga featured in Natural Awakenings

Cucina Casalinga featured in August 2014 Natural Awakenings,
“An Italian Garden Feast” and recipe appear on pages 42 and 43.
Magazine is available at Mrs. Green's Natural Market and many
other Fairfield County, Connecticut businesses.

Sally Maraventano Celebrates 32 Years of
Home-style Cooking at Cucina Casalinga!


We need your help with a new cookbook...
we want to include YOUR favorites!

How many recipes have we prepared together in my kitchen in the last 32 years? It is time to write a cookbook featuring the best of my family recipes and those that I have developed for Cucina Casalinga. I would love for those of you to share your favorite titles and maybe a few lines about why you have made them part of your family and entertaining menus. A cookbook is not only about recipes but also about memories and stories that evolve from making those recipes. There would be no cooking school without all of you so please help me to make this cookbook a really special anthology of home-style Italian cooking at its best!

It's easy! Just email me at or send me a note at
   PO Box 7714
   Wilton, CT 06897


Corporate cooking classes
makes for a memorable evening!

Cucina Casalinga
Sally Maraventano will arrange a spectacular culinary event for your corporate team or unique group. Her hands-on regional Italian home-style cooking classes in her state-of-the-art kitchen offer a great opportunity to reward a job well done or a venue to break the ice and bring corporate teams together.

Start planning an extraordinary cooking experience for your team today!
Read more or call for details!

So much more fun than just going out to eat!
Clients and employees love it!

Corporate/group classes attendees

“Thank you for making this experience for our clients and us unbelievable! 
You went out of your way to make this a memorable event together!”

- Morgan Stanley

“Thank you for a wonderful meal.  I am so glad we chose to come here and cook
with you instead of having dinner in a restaurant.  I definitely learned things about
cooking and I am looking forward to cooking at home!”

- Ernst & Young

“Sally and Vicki, Thank you so very much for a wonderful day! Our clients were thoroughly
pleased and we all enjoyed every moment.”

- Robert Reby & Co. Inc.

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Adult classes attendees
Cucina Casalinga Adult Cooking Classes

“Thank you for such a wonderful and warm experience.  I had such a great time with you,
my sisters and the others you welcomed into your home and gorgeous kitchen.  I will be
sure to enjoy these recipes forever as well as the memory of the evening we spent here
with you!  I will certainly come back foe another delicious meal".
- Sue F.

Once again, such a wonderful evening was had by all.  Thank you for making my husband’s
birthday gift so memorable.  We’ll be back yet again.”

- Lori C.

“Multi Bene! Thank you for a wonderful experience.  We learned a lot and enjoyed our
time with you thoroughly.”
- Jack B.

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