Our days have grown shorter and darker yet we are all so grateful for the warm and sunny days we have enjoyed this fall. It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just a week away!
This year I have so much to be thankful for. My loving husband, Ralph, my children and extended family, my wonderful friends, and all of you who have come to cook with me and share my table. In spite of the challenge of a breast cancer diagnosis in late March, and a spring and summer devoted to surgery and treatment, I was able to start teaching again for the Kids Cook Camp in early August. Ten terrific boys and girls, ages 9 to 15, cooked enthusiastically and ate with gusto each day of the camp. They were my light at the end of the tunnel – pure joy!
We have had a fabulous fall with several corporate classes and a variety of adult classes. Our attendees included quite a few new faces as well as our loyal students of many years. Two groups of very special veterans also cooked with us from the Wounded Warriors Project, and we look forward to another group coming in December.
As Thanksgiving approaches, I would like to offer a special heartfelt thanks to Gina Ambrosio, who helped me each day to keep our cooking school afloat and encouraged me to think ahead to new and exciting culinary opportunities. She is a wonderful addition to our Cucina Casalinga family.
Finally I am so grateful to Balbina Schiano, my assistant and alter-ego of 25 plus years, who always brings her native knowledge and passion for Italian cooking to our Cucina Casalinga kitchen.
We three make a great team and look forward to cooking often with all of you.
Many blessings and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families,
CALLING ALL SICILIANS AND ALL THOSE WHO LOVE SICILY!
Come and cook Sicilian Specialties for the Holidays on December 9th, beginning at 6:30 pm. We are making “ARANCINE”, fabulous stuffed “rice balls”, (only made one a year) and POLLO IN AGRO DOLCE. You will want to book a trip to Sicily after this class!
Come shop at our Holiday Gourmet Boutique Sale on Wednesday, December 16th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Save 10% on all of your purchases if you enroll in our Italian Antipasti for Holiday Entertaining Class, which precedes the sale. The class time is 11:00 to 1:00 pm
KIDS are invited to cook HOMEMADE PIZZA! PIZZA! PIZZA! with us on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 18th.
Chef Mike Garaghty of Wusthof Knives will be joining us again in the Spring for our annual knife skills class. An action packed evening of cutting, chopping and cooking with many different blades, before sitting down to a feast of your creations!
Upcoming March Classes will include Hearty Comfort Foods and Soups, Osso Buco, Sicilian Sweet and Sour Chicken and a Winter Pizza Party!
Don’t forget to book your corporate or private party for the New Year!