Monday, February 1, 2010

Cooking in the Countryside

January ended on a high note for 16 CCR members and friends who ventured out to Riano and Wendy Holloway's Flavor of Italy and a morning of cooking, laughter and conviviality. The menu was varied but dedicated to that seasonal wonder: the Carcofi!

In her fully equipped kitchen Wendy had set up stations with all the ingredients and recipes for the great pranzo menu she had planned for the day. We all choose something that interested us and focused on that part of the menu. However that didn't stop us from going around to each of the stations and giving a helping (?) hand. Everyone took a turn at preparing the artichokes - how do those little old ladies in the market do it so quickly? And most of us tried kneading the pasta dough to get the feel for consistency and texture.

After a morning of peeling, frying, kneading, sauting, rolling and cutting we sat down to a delicious lunch accompanied by wines from the region.

Wendy and the gang gather around to enjoy Sunday pranzo with that "home made" touch.

Plans are afoot for another one of these popular cooking events in the not to distance future.

More photos of our cooking foray will appear shortly.