I love how close I live to NYC. There’s so much to do, eat, and learn there, sometimes all at once. When I first moved to the area, I spent a lot of time searching google for cooking classes, because I thought I might be able to find great recreational classes for cheap. Alas, one of the side effects (maybe) of the overwhelming societal interest in food (Evidence #1: Freddie Prinze Jr’s cookbook) is recreational cooking classes cost more than I expected. My opinion on most courses rapidly became “I can teach myself this for much cheaper, even if I mess up several times.” However, some dishes are harder to teach oneself than others, and certain techniques/recipes/implements aren’t necessarily readily accessible. So when I noticed a class at the Institute of Culinary Education by Daniel Rosati on the Lost Arts of Handmade Pasta, I decided this was a class well worth the entrance fee.
I’m pretty certain (I called and spoke with someone at the school) these classes work by splitting participants up into small groups, and everyone cooks one or two dishes, then people get to taste everything at the end. I find that method rather disingenuous, as it’s certainly not obvious from the course descriptions, however I’m hopeful this Handmade Pasta workshop will be worth it. Students can request to work on a particular dish, and since the class will be this Wednesday evening, I thought I’d alter the standard recipe vote options again, and have you vote for which lost pasta I work on. I’ll post the results and the recipe on Thursday*.
A) Corzetti Stampati (Embossed Hand-Stamped Pasta Coins with Herb Sauce)
B) Maccheroni alla Chitarra (“Guitar String” Spaghetti with Rich Meat Sauce)
C) Fregola (Sardinian Couscous with Lobster Sauce)
D) Cappelletti Messicani (Bottle-Cap-Shaped Pasta “Sombreros” with Chickpea Sauce)
E) Turtei cu la Cua (Piacenza-Style Tortelli Stuffed with Ricotta and Swiss Chard, with Tuscan Tomato Sauce)
*Edit 9/24: I said Thursday and it’s Saturday! I’m sorry internet, I overpromised this week and managed to get caught with after-work commitments. Pasta is coming… tomorrow :/ thanks for being patient!