He had me at gnocchi
I had a great time at cooking class last night. The format is more of an informal demo and talk, sprinkled with questions and answers, and accompanied by samples and wine. Mmmm, yummy samples. Mmmm, yummy wine. As the evening progressed, I also became acquainted with a very small herd of Spotted Cows from New Glarus. I'm thinkin' I just kind of needed a night out with the girls!
The focus of this session was on northern Italy -- Lombardia and Milan. We had Potato Gnocchi with Gorgonzola -- that's potatoes mentioned in two posts in a row -- also, I just had some boiled reds for lunch. Okay, so yeah, that was at the top of the list and I was delighted to see how they're made (it's not hard!). We also enjoyed Milanese Steak atop Savoy Cabbage with Eggs & Cheese -- there was cheese in everything, including dessert! I think my favorite -- though not by much, because everything was delicious -- was Osso Bucco alla Milanese served with Risotto Milanese; I was cutting the beef into very tiny pieces to savor every bite! For dessert, we had Strawberries with Mascarpone (into which a little sweet dessert wine was mixed) served atop a wedge of Corn Meal Cake.
I had my camera, but the lighting was terrible. I've been doing a lot of researching, reading and learning about photography -- composition, equipment, software, processing. I'm afraid the more I learn, the less impressed I am with myself and my abilities, and the more careful I am about taking photos altogether. That's probably a good thing -- it makes me want to reach and be better.