Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A Taste of Sicily and other Winter Class Menus

Sicily has always been irresistible. Strategically placed at the boot of Italy, surrounded by the sapphire-blue Mediterranean sea, this balmy island has weathered all sorts of invasions-- Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, French, Spanish--

All have left their imprint on the land, people,culture and food.

In fact, Sicilians say they were the world's first multi-cultural society. So it's no surprise to see Pollo al Curry (Chicken Curry) headlining Chef Titina's Sicily cooking class menu (scheduled for Winter 2010 in her Capri Flavors kitchen). Students shouldn't expect the hot Currys of India though. Titina prepares the Italian version--widely known in restaurants throughout her home country, including the one she grew up in on the island of Capri.

Sicily is also famous for its eggplant or aubergine which Titina showcases in her Anellini con Melenzane. Anellini is a small ring-shaped pasta and the dish is a wonderful first course.

Here's the complete Sicily menu, plus Titina's other winter classes that begin after the first of the year.

But book early--cooking class gift cards have been really big sellers this Christmas and spots are expected to fill up fast.

“Let’s Cook with Titina” Winter 2010

Anellini con Melenzane (Anellini with Eggplant)
Pollo al Curry (Chicken Curry)
Piselli al Prosciutto (Peas with Prosciutto)
San Giuseppe Zeppole (Saint Joseph Cream Puffs)

Malloreddus Con Dalsiccia (Malloreddus with Sausage)
Cozze Gratinate (Mussels au Gratin)
Carciofi alla Sarda (Sardinian Artichokes)
Sabadas’ (Ravioli with Honey)

Pasta e Cannellini (Cannellini Beans with Pasta)
Roast-Beef con le Castagne (Roast Beef with Chestnuts)
Fava alla Piemontese (Piemontese Fava Beans)
Nodi D’Amore (Love Knots)

Limoncello (Lemon Liquor)
Suffle di Formaggio (Cheese Souffle)
Aragosta alla Crema (Lobster in Cream Sauce)
Radicchio al Parmigiano (Radicchio with Parmesan)
Torta di Capri al Limoncello (Capri Cake with Limoncello)

Capri Dates--Monday: 1/4, 2/15, 3/1-- Friday: 1/8, 2/5, 3/5
Sicilia Dates--Monday: 1/18, 2/15, 3/15-- Friday: 1/22, 2/19, 3/19
Sardegna Dates-- Monday: 1/25, 2/22, 3/22--Friday: 1/29, 2/26, 3/26
Piemonte Dates--Monday: 1/11, 2//8, 3/8--Friday: 1/15, 2/12, 3/12


  1. Encouraging news--thanks for the comment. We love chicken recipes at my house so maybe Pollo al Curry will become a staple. Right now--Titina's Cacciatora may be my most requested dish.

    Have you been to Sicily? The photos in the post are from our trip--taken by my husband in Syracuse and Monreale. I want to go again.

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