Saturday, May 17, 2008

Piccola Cucina

We are still continuing our Piccola Cucina classes - Italian Cooking and Language. You can go here for all the details. My teaching partner, Christina Sbarra, an excellent Italian instructor, and I have been having as much fun as our students. What could be better than spending three hours cooking great Italian recipes, practicing our Italian (even if it is very little) and eating and laughing together.
For our last class on Tuscany, we received a generous donation of a large grocery bag full of fresh-picked fava beans grown by Christina of a Thinking Stomach. The abundance she can coax out of a city plot is amazing! We sat around and shelled the fava beans, sang old Italian songs and then enjoyed the beans with some Pecorino and a refreshing Italian white wine. Thank you Christina!
We followed that with making pici - a typical pasta of Tuscany that is hand-rolled and fun to make.
Our next classes are:
Sunday, June 8: "Primavera" featuring recipes using the new ingredients of the season like fried zucchini blossoms, artichokes and peas, crostata di verdure and more. 11 am - 2 pm.
Sunday, June 22: A regional class on the cuisine of Le Marche. Both Christina and I have family from this area, so the dishes are close to our hearts. 11 am - 2 pm.
They are in Long Beach, for all you Southern Californians reading this.
For more information, please call Christina at 562-930-9194 or email christinasbarra AT yahoo DOT com.
We are talking about putting together a Piccola Cucina trip to Italy for 2009, practicing Italian and cooking in beautiful Italy. More information to follow, but if you are interested in finding out more, drop me an email at passionatepalate AT gmail DOT com.


'A Tuscan view.....from Umbria' said...

This looks such great fun. I hope you have a great trip. Love that pici.

Rebecca Lemke said...

Please put me on the list of requested reservations for the proposed Cooking and Language trip to Italy in 2009. Now that I am a bona-fide Corporate Chef, I'll need some good Italian recipes to add to my repertiore along wth and some Italian language to wow my clients. (I have been dreaming and longing to return to Italy so I would love to make this journey with you and your group.)

My Mélange said...

Oh, if I only lived closer!!! Love pici...and it sounds like sooo much fun!!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

How fun Jeni! Have a great trip! Looking forward to more stories!

The Passionate Palate said...

Amanda - It was great fun...and so sorry I'll miss you on this trip.

Rebecca - Yeah! So glad you are interested and congratulations again.

Melange - I wish you lived closer too!

Jenn - Thank you!!!

Bella Baita View said...

Buon Viaggio Jeni. Your pasta and class looks fabulous and fun. I wish you much success. Ciao Bella

Christina said...

Looks like the class was a blast. I'm glad the beans worked well for you.

Have a wonderful time on your trip--I'm excited for you!