But one of the most rewarding ones is teaching a cooking class...which is exactly what I did last night at Solari's, a lovely boutique shop in Rocky River that carries the most beautiful ceramics imported directly from Italy.
I got there an hour early. And with assistance from my willing sous chefs (aka my husband and daughter), I got set up and was rarin' to go in no time.
The class was sold out with 15 people attending. They trickled in a few at a time, but by 7pm, they were all in their seats and eager to get started.
My menu was based on four Italian dishes from my book:
Appetizer: Italian Orange/Fennel Salad (from Carmella Fragassi of La Campagna)
Entree: Pan-Seared Black Sea Bass with Artichoke Puree (from Michael Annandono of Michaelangelo's)
Side: Porcini Risotto with Truffles (again from Michael Annandono of Michaelangelo's)
Dessert: Port and Honey-Glazed Pears with Vanilla Ice Cream (from Dante Boccuzzi of Dante)
After chopping, and dicing, and slicing, and julienning (is that even a word?), and searing, and stirring, and reducing, and pouring...
I think everyone -- but most of all me! -- enjoyed themselves very much.
Lucky me. I'm so glad I get to do these types of things. Here's to many more ahead.
Buon appetito a tutti!