The Cucina Casalinga herb and vegetable gardens are planted! Now we need lots of sunshine (and water) to help them grow!
Please join us this summer to learn to make fabulous Italian dishes and menus straight from your garden or farmers market.
Our July 16th daytime class will offer summer pasta sauces perfect for a Spaghettata – A Summer Pasta Party. From simple marinara to rigatoni alla Norma, where eggplant is the star of the dish - a Sicilian specialty. As always, fresh pesto sauce, but made with goat cheese and served over fresh fettuccini.
Our annual All About Zucchini daytime class on July 24th features the stuffed and deep-fried zucchini flowers that we all love. Stuffed zucchini boats, leek and zucchini soup and a lovely frittata of zucchini, onion, potatoes and fresh herbs round out the menu. Traditional Tuscan baked peaches with an Amaretti filling will be our dolce!
Beginning at 10:30 am on August 1, our Gifts from the Garden class introduces real gems from the vegetable garden – Swiss chard and ricotta in a rustic puff pastry shell, my mom’s eggplant rollatine; a great luncheon dish or perfect as a first course. Rotelle (corkscrew) pasta with a broccoli and pesto sauce is a real favorite of the Kirmser kids and grandkids. And to end this special class - homemade fresh berry ice cream with mamma’s biscotti on the side.
On Friday evening, August 9th at 6:30 join us for Dinner by the Italian Seashore. Start with my favorite frozen cocktail – lemon verbena, mint and vodka slushies! We then prepare and serve crostini with mozzarella, fresh pesto and sundried tomato, followed by thin spaghetti with clams, fresh cherry tomatoes and basil for a primo. Salmon topped with a salsa verde, and my grandfather Tony’s baked crusty ciabatta bread with extra virgin olive oil and Sicilian oregano is our secondo. For dessert Pizzelle wafer cups filled with strawberries and Grand Marnier whipped cream.
Our June Kids Cook Italian Classes are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, June 24th and 25th. Guest Chef Marlene will join us on Monday to make homemade pasta! Kids can cook with us either one or both days!
A three day August Kids Cook Camp will take place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the 19th, 20th and 21st! Guest Chef Maria Sanchez joins us on Wednesday for a day of baking and decorating! Call or email soon to hold your child's spot as class size is limited to 10 students.
After each class we sit down and enjoy all of the foods prepared in the class, and everyone takes home a folder with all of the delicious recipes to prepare for their friends and family!
Gina, Balbina and I are looking forward to cooking with all of you.