Dolce: Chocolate Souffle with a Fondant Center

If I had to choose a name for this dessert (besides Heaven), I probably would not choose Soufflè. In all technicality, this is what we would call a Molten Lava Cake. It’s heavy, it’s rich, and the gooey center pours out with lovely melty chocolate. Mmmm….This is what we started off the class with (as … Continue reading

Secondo piatto: Parmigiana di melanzana – Eggplant parmesan

This is the most exquisite eggplant parmesan I have ever had in my life. It was also the first eggplant parmesan la Mamma has ever like in her entire life. It is done in the Sicilian way with the eggplant sliced very thin and flash fried without any breading what-so-ever. It’s then just combined with … Continue reading

Frascati Wine Tour

Let’s take a quick break from the cooking class courses and talk about WINE! The perfect accompaniment to a great meal, or even just to a great day (or a bad day…). Anyhoo, we took this tour and had a fabulous time. Our first stop was about 40 minutes south of the city was the … Continue reading

Vegetarian Primo Piatto – Tagliolini con melanzana e pomodoro

We had one vegetarian in our class, so Chef Andrea included this variation. Go ahead and use the same recipe for the pasta as the Duck Ragù entry and follow the recipe for the sauce! Maybe don’t pair it with the Eggplant parmesan because it would be so much eggplant… Read on for the recipe … Continue reading

Primo piatto: Tagliolini al ragù di Anatra – Homemade tagliolini with white duck ragù

This was probably the most exciting course for me because…*drumroll*…we got to make FRESH PASTA! The tagliolini is just a slimmer version of a fettucini and according to Chef Andrea is the perfect heft to hold the ragù. A white ragù is just like a normal ragù without the tomatoes, and this specific one could … Continue reading

Antipasto: Ficchi con dui formaggi

We were unbelievably lucky and fortunate to have been in Rome in early September. Not only were the grapes for the wine just ready to be picked, so we could eat them off of the vine on the wine tour, but the figs are in season. Figs are in season for one week during July … Continue reading

My first cooking class – when in Rome!

Chef Andrea Consoli and Erica run an amazing cooking class out of Andrea’s family restaurant, Le Fate in the Trastevere part of Roma. It’s 50 Euro per person (and trust me, that is INCREDIBLY cheap…I looked all over the internet) with an extra 20 Euro wine pairing option. The class is always 10 people or … Continue reading

Little tidbits of Roma (and Paris)

I want to start off with just a few good food memories from Roma and then I’ll do separate entries about the cooking class dishes (squisiti, tutti!), the markets, and the Frascati region wine tour we went on… Let’s start with the best part about a lay over in Paris, France: a Paul. Paul is … Continue reading

Tribute a Julia Child – Croissants Part III. Forming the Croissants!

And we reach the end of the croissant journey with the best parts! Cutting the dough, forming the croissants, baking them and starting to be surrounded by the wonderful aroma of bread baking and then ….EATING! Read on for the instructions and (even more) photos…

Tribute a Julia Child – Croissants Part II. Rolling in the Butter!

What title better embodies Julia’s cooking style?? In fact Miss L and I have even discussed what a drinking game would be like watching Julia Child…every time she adds butter, you take a sip of your drink and any time she stutters or repeats herself, you take a shot. Patent pending… But I digress. This … Continue reading

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