tuscan cooking class

February 18, 2010
last thursday i went to a cooking class to make

gnochhi with three cheese sauce
gnocchi with garlic leek cream sauce
roasted pork with rosemary, sage and garlic
apple cake

there were about ten of us in the class, so we split up into groups to make each thing. i grated the three cheeses (parmesan, fontina and gorgonzola yum!) while others prepared the leeks, the pork, or the cake batter.

after this we all made the gnocchi together. it's pretty simple once you have the recipe (which i can post if anyone would like it). i didn't take a ton of time time to separate, roll out, cut, form with a fork, cook, wait to for the gnocchi to float and then fish out. it was a very fun process and not too time consuming because there were 10 of us (:

anyway, i'll just label what everything is and let the rest of the photos speak for themselves

pro chef jacopo wrapping up the pork stuffed with sage, rosemary, and garlic

all of the cheeesseeeeeee

watching everything cook at the same time

grating the potatoes for the gnocchi!

mixing the potato dough

cut off a section and roll it out
(if you try to roll it out and it falls apart, you need to knead it more)

slice in pieces and make impressions with a fork so the gnocchi holds the sauce

the motherload

my own separate plate of gnocchi with cream leek sauce
(because the recipe calls for walnuts and i'm allergic...
but it was very nice for jacopo to separate some out for me)

three cheese gnocchi.. fantastic

and this point in the meal we were all very full
but this little piece of pork was PACKED with flavor. so good.

and finally.. the BEST CAKE I HAVE EVER EATEN
simple apple cake (perfectly soft and simple)
with some homemade whipped cream

i love you italy.


  1. what a dream it must be to be able to experience things like this!! Your photos are so lovely and tell such a story... I'm so thrilled to have stumbled upon your blog... i can just travel here and live vicariously through your adventures!!

    {i so want to get those recipes... gnocchi is my FAVORITE!!!}


  2. Um. This is absolutely CRAZY. What? Cooking classes in Italy?? SO fun. And that all looks delicious. So jealous. And glad that you're having an amazing time!! :D

  3. Why do I always read your food blogs when I am really hungry? I am drooling.

  4. HOW FUN!!!
    and way to go.. cause i'm drooling over that cake! and that cheesey goodness pasta!!

  5. yummmmm. a girl at synergy made gnocchi for her head cook once but there weren't enough potatoes so she used beets in the mix as well. they were disgusting. not like this deliciousness. congrats!

  6. this is so so amazing!

  7. and i promise i am emailing you back. it's just taking forever. I am having a disgusting week. (will explain later...)


  8. That all looks sooo good! Is there a recipe for that amazing looking cake??

  9. everything looks good!