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01 April 2008

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.

Comments

M-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m. It all sounds so delicious, but I think Osso Bucco (and with rissotto,too!) is my all time favorite. Time to make some of that again.

What a great cooking class...you get to eat it all. Yummmm.

You've made me hungry again. And I know what you mean about learning about photography - I feel the same way.

Cooking class sounds fun. Yeah, I had the same problem with thinking about wasting film when I was in photography classes, but now a walk down the driveway with my Nikon D50 yields 92 shots, LOL!

Oohh, that Osso Bucco sounds delicious!

And that herd of Spotted Cows has been seen in my vicinity, along with their Fat Squirrel friends. Sometimes they're Totally Naked, along with that Hometown Blonde and her Dancing Man. Don't get stuck in the Road Slush, unless there's a Yokel to help you out with your SnowShoe.

Can you tell I'm a fan of the New Glarus Brewery? They're only 15-20 minutes away, and oh so yummy!

You know...I don't like pasta. I am glad I don't because I bet it would be hard to give up. The cheese sounds delicious though!

Oh that sounds divine! :)

Gnocchi is nummy and as a fellow potato enthusiast I whole heartedly approve of making your own. The cooking class sounds like a blast. I wish I had the time and money to go myself. Until then Me and Alton are best buds. :)

Ohhhh, you've reminded me of a pumpkin gnocchi dish I had once that I thought was going to send me over the moon!

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