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cooking with mamma agata

David and I are celebrating our 25th Anniversary with a trip to Italy.  We started in Rome, continued to the Amalfi Coast and will finish the trip with Florence.  We had a wonderful travel agent make all the arrangements. One of those was a cooking class with Mamma Agata.

Mamma has cooked for many famous people... Humphrey Bogart, Jacqueline Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor and Pierce Brosnan, just to name a few.  Mamma can cook.  Mamma can't speak a lick of English. Luckily, Mamma's daughter, Chiara was there to translate and made the day so much fun.

We arrived at Mamma's home in the quaint town of Ravello at 10:30 am and while meeting the other couples in the class, we enjoyed Mamma's famous Lemon Cake. Then the schooling began...

After showing us how to make a multi-purpose frying batter and a simple tomato sauce, we moved on to making the Antipasta (Appetizer). An Eggplant Roll-up using fried eggplant, parmesan & an assortment of fillers...sundried tomatoes, pickled pumpkin or plain smoked cheese. 

Next up we prepared the Eggplant Parmigiana since it would take over an hour before it could be served.  She used the same technique for the eggplant as she did for the roll ups only layered them, lots of them and included parmesan, mozzarella, smoked provolone and her simple sauce. The pan looks a little full to me...

Once the Parmigiana was in the oven, it was time to start the Lemon Chicken. It would also need time to simmer on the stove.  This chicken was cooked with absolutely no oil or butter.  The juice of the chicken would make the cooking broth for this dish.

Now it was time to start chopping the peppers and tomatoes for the Pappardelli Pasta with Sausage and Peppers and the Farmer's Spaghetti.  She let all who were willing help with the chopping. Once all the ingredients had been chopped we took a short break and walked around her garden that was perched along side of a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean.

Everything started coming together by mid-afternoon and we stopped tasting and started eating...

First, Mamma's zucchini and ham fritters

 Next comes the Eggplant Parmigiana

 Follow that with Farmer's Spaghetti

Now it's time for the Pappardelli Pasta with Sausage & Peppers

But wait, there's the Lemon Chicken with a small salad

And just as we began the day, we finished the day with
Mamma's Famous Lemon Cake

When David and I left Mamma Agata's home, we swore we'd not be eating again while we're in Italy... ok, perhaps we just swore off dinner that night!  We had a wonderful and fun experience.  I'm thrilled that David joined me in taking the class. (Otherwise there wouldn't be these great photos!)

I can't wait to try and reproduce some of these dishes for some Family Night dinners when I return.

Ciao, Ciao for now!  Arrivederci!

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Reader Comments (3)

Yummmm! I can't wait for family night dinner! It looks like you had a wonderful, amazing time. So glad you did it.

September 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Patterson

I can't wait either! lol.....

September 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPam Hairfield

I wish I had smell-o-vision.

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDixie

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