Tuesday May 3, 2011 Cucina Casalinga hosted nineteen 4th graders from Waterside School in Stamford CT. The Waterside School is a co-educational K-5 independent school whose mission is to provide children to opportunities for educational and personal excellence and to prepare them, in time, for positions of leadership and responsibility.
The children accompanied by their teacher, Melissa Tate and Assistant Principal Medard Thomas. Sherri Tate and Laurie Greene came along as chaperones.
The children arrived at 11 am on a perfect sunny and warm spring day. Sally started off the lesson with a visit to her Italian herb garden where the children could touch and smell the basil, sage, parsley, wild fennel and other herbs used in Italian cooking.
Then into the kitchen, the students donned Cucina Casalinga aprons and participated enthusiastically in a hands-on cooking class, preparing all the dishes for their lunch served al fresco on the patio.
The menu of the day was:
Panzone’s Stomboli – with prosciutto, salami and fresh mozzarella,
Sally’s Quick Marinara Sauce, Penne al Forno – penne pasta baked with ricotta and mozzarella and tomato sauce,
Polpette di Nonna – Nana’s meatballs
Pane Origanato – Italian bread baked with extra-virgin olive oil and oregano
Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cake
During the class the students exchanged ideas about cooking as well as their personal experiences cooking their family’s ethnic dishes, Sally talked about Italy and how important fresh vegetables are to its cuisine.
After lunch and before leaving, the children treated Sally and Vicki and all of the adults to a Sicilian tarantella dance that they had performed the Friday before at the Waterside School’s International Festival.
What a perfect day for all from the Waterside School and for Cucina Casalinga!
Interested in planning a culinary-cultural field trip for your school or group? Call Cucina Casalinga 203-762-0768 for more information.