Thursday, November 5, 2009

How to Eat like an Italian

Great flavors come together in this week's cooking class menu--Ham and cheese, chicken and chestnuts, chocolate and almonds.

All of Chef Titina's students go home with a class recipe book and lots of hands-on instruction so they can prepare the dishes at home. But one of Titina's most important lessons is never written down. It's experienced. A Capri Flavors cooking class teaches students that very Italian art of coming together for a long, leisurely meal.

Her husband, Costanzo uses the Italian word, "conviviale" to describe the way classes bond around the table...feasting on the food and conversation, lingering for espresso and perhaps a tiny cup of Titina’s homemade Limoncello.

No one looks at the clock or hurries home.

It's something we should all do more of. A long relaxing meal is good for the digestion, Titina would say. Also good for the soul.

Here’s the rest of this week’s Menu from Titina and Costanzo’s home Island of Capri.

Limoncello (Lemon Liquor)

Bomboloni Capresi (Friters Filled with Mozzarella and Ham)
Pollo alle Castagne (Chicken with Chestnut Sauce)

Cavolfiori al Gratinati (Cauliflower Gratin)

Torta Caprese (Almond and Chocolate Cake)

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