For the last 7 years Kathy and I have had the privelage of instructing the 4H Advanced Cooking Group. These kids are 13-16 and are fearless in the kitchen. We teach once a month and we only have them for 3 hours at a time.
When the class starts they meet and decide the cooking order based on cooking, resting and cooling times. Then we do our mis en place and start cooking. We always do at least four recipes and often more so they are working hard the whole time.
This months theme was Italian
Here is the appetizer
White Bean Bruschetta
First a little prep work
Now for the finished and plated shot. As we prep the recipes we always ask they how they could change it to make it their own and we decided that sundried tomatoes would be good here
This year we are fortunate to have an Italian foreign exchange student with us and we asked her to share a family favorite with us. She taught us this amazing lasagna dish. It has both a red sauce and bechemel. We used fresh mozzarella and we all agreed that we need to use shredded for better distribution but this dish was still fantastic. With 3 layers you got cheese in every bite
This is a spinach papardelle with both shaved and grated parmesan cheese
Sneakin a tast of the cake frosting while the others are washing some dishes
Prepping some chocolate for the cake top
Dusting the top with chocolate powder. Sometimes they get a little carried away with chocolate LOL- This is a Tiramisu Cake that was really tasty with a whipped cream topping
We do a formal presentation of each dish and its leader so they can use it for their record books - Here is the lasagna
Here is the spinach papardelle
These are really great kids and we love that they like to stop by and visit with us. Makes it all worthwhile when the parents tell us that they cook our recipes at home for the family.
Thanks for looking