Friday, April 27, 2012

Learning Pasta Secrets from a Real Italian Mama

Have you ever wanted to learn the secrets of pasta making from a real Italian Mama?  That's what I'll be doing this Saturday at Forno Bistro at 541 Broadway here in Saratoga Springs.  They offer cooking classes where you can learn to throw pizza dough, roll out ravioli and create homemade pasta.  Classes are offered for children and adults.
This will be my first time taking a class there - it will be my first time there -- so I'm very curious to see the inside of the restaurant and learn in their kitchen.  Taking a class at a local restaurant, and you'd be surprised how many offer classes, is a great way to get a behind the scenes look at the restaurant and the city or town you live in or visit.  Their classes are held on Saturday mornings, two classes a month for kids and two classes a month for adults.

So come back for the next blog post with lots of photos and maybe an Italian secret or two!!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Blog Update

I thought I would quickly write an update on the latest that's happening with my blog.  Last weekend I got a new computer, a huge 17 inch Samsung laptop.  So far it's working out well.  I went from a Mac to a PC which I thought would be a lot more foreign to me than it is.  As I use it more I'll give a complete review.

I've been working a lot of hours at my day job (The Ice Cream Man in Greenwich NY) where I've been making close to 300 gallons of ice cream a week and decorating up to 100 cakes a week, so I'm way behind on blogging new entries.

 Coming in the next few days will be a recipe review from The Beekman Boys' Heirloom Cookbook- a complete Sunday Supper menu.  I'll also being doing a review of the OXO 5 pound scale and hosting a giveaway, (my first!) so come back for a chance to win the same scale.  Lastly I'll be taking a class at a local Italian restaurant on pasta and ravioli making.  I'm really looking forward to it, should be lots of fun!!

I check my blog stats all day every day and am amazed at the overseas visitors that I receive.  Yesterday I had one from Brunei!!  The internet never ceases to amaze me!  I'm hoping that I continue to receive overseas visitors (as well as the U.S. and Canada) and that from time to time they leave a comment.  I want to thank everyone who visits my blog.  If you ever have a comment or suggestion I'm all ears!!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Homemade Lox-The Perfect Breakfast

Sometimes recipes are created by a trip to the grocery store and seeing what's on sale. Sometimes they're created by a desire to try to replicate something that's usually considered a restaurant item. And sometimes a recipe is created by trying to flex my culinary muscles.  Well, this recipe came from all those....

At a recent trip to the grocery store I saw some absolutely beautiful salmon at a pretty good price.  I'm not really a salmon fan but my husband and son are.  I wasn't sure what to do with it, how to cook it. After asking the "seafood guy" for a few recipes I thought -- I'd like to try something new.

I did an internet search to see just how complicated it is to make lox -- a piece of salmon cured for at least 24 hours in citrus, dill and salt.  I found several simple recipes but decided on trying one by Emeril Lagasse from the website.

The ingredients were something I had most of right at hand: vodka, citrus juice, citrus zest, kosher salt and fresh dill.

The process is simple. Rinse the salmon, pat dry. Mix the curing mixture and spread over salmon.

Wrap it up tight in plastic, and weigh it down so that the curing mixture can draw out the moisture. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours.  For the complete recipe go to:

Then buy a package of bagels and cream cheese and get ready for an amazing breakfast, made easier than you thought.

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