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Jumbled thoughts after a great cooking class

Jumbled thoughts after a great cooking class

Sometimes I feel the need to come home from a class, one that was super successful I might add, and write down my thoughts. I get  a real “high” of sorts from teaching because it’s something I am so passionate about and love to do. And like I said before, the fact my son is … Continue reading

Teaching a new generation

Teaching a new generation

Friday night I taught a group of kids, 6th -8th graders, how to make pasta from scratch. It’s one of my joys in life as I have mentioned in my musings here in the past. Like many other classes in the past my eldest son Jake, now eighteen, assisted me. I can’t express the joy … Continue reading

Classes, classes and more classes!

Classes, classes and more classes!

It’s that time of year again when we here in northeast Ohio are looking for indoor activities due to the crazy weather we’ve been experiencing. Many of the locals are signing up for my cooking classes for which I am thrilled about. I’ve held another no-cook appetizer class at a local library, from which these … Continue reading

Welcome 2014!

Well here we are at the start of another new year, fresh from the dregs of 2013. Many good, bad and in between things occurred in my life during the last year. Let’s not rehash them all, shall we? Time to move forward. Time to move inward. Time to move upward. Time to move outward. … Continue reading

Things I’ve Learned From My Husband

Things I’ve Learned From My Husband

This is not about cooking at all but it’s about the things I’ve learned from the man I love. We’ve been together for twenty years, married for 19 of those and I love him more today than the day I married him. I’m writing this on the day before I will have surgery on my … Continue reading

A Lesson in Quadrucci Pasta

A Lesson in Quadrucci Pasta

Sometimes I have very high aspirations when I find new recipes or new-to-me old country recipe from Italy. I think, “eh, how hard can it be?”. I am here to tell you sometimes it’s really tough.Last night I remembered to buy flat leaf Italian parsley to try this really cool dish called “Quadrucci in Brodo” … Continue reading

Pierogi Tutorial with Photos

Pierogi Tutorial with Photos

This past Saturday I taught a pierogi workshop at Cool Beans Cafe and it was a success. Due to time constraints, we ended up with some leftover dough and filling for me to take home and make for my family. I thought I would add in another recipe for filling as well as giving you … Continue reading

Pappa al Pomodoro or Bread and Tomato Soup

Here in North East Ohio we are suffering with some frigid temperatures outside. It’s the perfect weather to stay inside and enjoy some comfort foods that are hot and filling. Bread and Tomato soup fits the bill perfectly. I’m making this soup Thursday evening for my students attending the Italian comfort foods class at Cool … Continue reading

Chicken Cacciatore

Once again it’s cooking class time for me. The month of January has been filled with one class after another. I do enjoy every minute of the classes. Sometimes the prep work of recipe research and shopping can be taxing but it’s all part of what I do. There are ways to make those parts … Continue reading

Olives part 2

Olives part 2

If you are a regular reader, you will remember I was given the chance to cure fresh olives at home from Penna-Great Olives this fall. They shipped me a box of olives, they were very generous and sent 2.5 pounds of olives. I was faithful to my daily duty to curing the olives using the … Continue reading