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Monday
Apr042016

Il Corvo's Ultimate Bolognese Sauce

 

 

It still feels like winter here in Michigan!  I'm doing a lot of sewing and cooking wintry dishes like this one, until some nice weather arrives.  We do get to sneak out to Seattle, where one of our sons lives, where the weather is much nicer than here. And the food is so, so good! 

There is a wildly popular tiny Italian restaurant in Seattle's Pioneer Square area that has a line out the door every day.  It serves lunch only, Monday through Friday. It's Mike Easton's Il Corvo and it serves some of the best pasta in the city.  

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Monday
Feb082016

Meatball and Escarole Soup (a.k.a. Italian Wedding Soup)


ceramic plate from Fifty One and a Half

 

This soup hits the spot at this time of year.  This is such a delicious soup that makes a perfect marriage of meat and greens (hence the name Italian Wedding Soup).  There are so many versions of this soup it makes your head spin.  Some use rice, some add beans, some use pasta, most have beef meatballs, etc. etc.  Here is how I like to make it. 

First, I use pork for the meatballs. You can use whatever you like - turkey (which I've done), beef, a mixture of beef and pork, whatever.   And I grind it myself as some of you know.  It makes a nice fluffy mixture to work with and I know exactly what is in my meat mixture that way. I used pork shoulder for this - in the grocery store often they slice up this cut of pork into large strips and call it "Country Style Ribs".  It's a nice fatty flavorful cut of pork.  If you want something leaner, by all means use ground pork loin.  

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Tuesday
Feb022016

Winter Cooking Classes Scheduled!

If you live in the Mid-Michigan area, I am announcing two cooking classes for Winter:  one Pizza Making class and one Pasta Making class.  They sell out fast, so e-mail me  - elainemccardel{at}mac{dot}com  -  to reserve your spot!


Pizza Making Class 

Sunday,February 28th, 2016
1-4 p.m.

Come join the fun and learn how to make homemade pizza! You will learn how to make easy homemade pizza dough, the best flour to use and the secrets to making terrific Neapolitan style pizza.  We will also make six different kinds of pizzas, which we will enjoy that afternoon.  You will also make your own homemade dough and take it home! 

Space is limited.    $75 per person

 

Pasta Making Class

Sunday, March 13th, 2016
1-4 p.m.

You will learn how to make fresh fettuccine, spaghetti, lasagna noodles and filled ravioli.  You will also learn how to make flavored and different colored pastas. We will create two pasta dishes and eat them and you will also get to take home the fresh pasta that you make. 

Space is limited.    $75 per person