Heart Warming Minestrone

As much as I have fallen in love with the French array of pre-made soups which come in box form and feed a good six people with delicious heartiness, I was in the mood for a homemade soup. Smelling the soup cooking and stewing away and feeling the warmth fill the apartment as the snow … Continue reading

Caramelized Shallot and Crispy Sage Macaroni and Cheese

I felt it appropriate to return to this recipe which was featured in the first entry on my blog back in the Weebly days, because I did not give it enough attention at the time. This time I made it in France for very good friends of mine and I had the Boy and friends … Continue reading

Happy July 4th to All!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend! I spent mine at an incredible, secluded cabin in the Adirondacks with three of my favorite ladies in the whole world (though we were missing a few others, sadly). We spent most of the weekend learning that cooking ANYTHING over an open fire pit is pretty … Continue reading

A Taste of N’awlins

Last week I had the absolute pleasure and honor of being a bridesmaid in my good friend La Divina’s wedding in New Orleans! I haven’t been to the south much, and I’d certainly never been to N’awlins – the most European city in the United States, according to many of my friends. I was beyond … Continue reading

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

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