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A Little Trip to Italy

by Connie Miller (CCKC “House Mistress”), a weekly peek into one of CCKC’s special events.

I took “A Little Trip to Italy” last Friday night w/ Chef Matt & venti quattro nuovi amici (twenty four new friends).  It was a wonderful trip!

We began with Chef Matt demonstrating how to create a rice & zucchini crostata.  While everyone enjoyed a large slice of crostata, he went on to show them how to make basil, parsley & walnut pesto.  Next it was time to put on aprons and cook!  Beautiful, thick pork chops were gently browned and removed to a warm plate to await a topping of sautéed onions and garlic AND a thick slice of provolone cheese.  After 10 minutes in the oven the cheese was bubbly & crusty and the smell was out of this world.  While the pork was “resting” the class was cooking tri-color tortellini and tossing it with Chef Matt’s Pesto and he was roasting eggplant to serve on the side.  It was one of the most amazing plates of food I have ever seen.  Apparently the paired wine was a huge hit also.  We went through almost a case of Villa Pozzi Nero D’Avola.  Once this wine has had a chance to breathe, it turns into a smooth, peppery delight.   Dessert this evening was a beautiful sweet ricotta dumplings with strawberry sauce.  A wonderful texture and not too sweet.  What a treat!

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