Sunday, October 23, 2011

Cuisine du Jour

I recently hear Mario Balati say, “There are two kinds of people; those who are Italian and those who want to be Italian.”  He was definitely talking about me!

Last month’s Cuisine du Jour Class was with Michelle Bommarito (she is our local Food Network Star).  She had just returned from Florence Italy.  I cannot tell you how excited I was for this class!
When I walked into the class, it smelled like an Italian grandmother’s kitchen.  She started off the class with Fresh Pomodoro Sauce.  This tomato sauce is so good with only seven simple ingredients, yet versatile enough to add different vegetables and meat to make it to your own tastes.  

Michelle Bommarito


Pomodori Crostini

Have you ever had Arancini Di Riso?  They are amazing!  Italian’s do not like to waste food, so they have found creative ways to use leftovers.  You use your leftover Risotto to make balls stuffed with buffalo mozzarella and deep fry them.  She served them in Fresh Pomodoro Sauce.

Arancini Di Riso Risotto in Fresh Pomodoro Sauce

Next she roasted a whole fish.  She cooked it in a Lemon Garlic Sauce and saved half of the sauce to put on the fish when served.  It was flaky, light and perfect with that sauce.

Roasted White Fish with Lemon Garlic Drizzle

The dessert she made was Sicilian Cantuccini or Almond Biscotti and served it with a sweet Italian wine.  It was a match made in heaven.  Unfortunately, the picture I took did not turn out.  So, close your eyes and image smelling the fresh baked Almond Biscotti, now take your biscotti and dunk it into your wine for just a few seconds and take a bite.  Now, wasn’t that divine?
If you need help mastering any recipe, call me.  I can come to your home for a one-on-one cooking lesson.

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