There is so much going on! I am catching myself coming and going! But I can't let my blog go without a weekly post so I went through the archives and found this little jewel...honestly, this is one of my favorite all-time posts (with the exception of one about a particular "Throw Down with Bobby Flay" which I have promised not to re-post, for now anyway). We do have a lot of great, fun classes at Urban Kitchen. And, I am happy to say the Asian classes are much more popular than they were when I first posted this lament.
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I am constantly amazed by the number of people who want to learn how to make pasta...often to the exclusion of anything else.
this week's classes as an example: Wednesday was Vietnamese Street
Food which I cleverly titled "What the Pho?" and Thursday was Ravioli.
To me, the opportunity to make a dish as thoroughly fascinating as pho
and the banh mi sandwich would win hands down over ravioli. Boy! Was I
My poor little East meets West fusion class would have
been canceled had it not been for two stalwarts and, frankly, I should
have canceled it anyway (didn't have the four required) but I couldn't
bring myself to deny these gals the wonders and utter simplicity yet
flavor explosion of these two dishes. Plus, I really wanted to prove
that I could make an acceptable pho (I already knew I owned banh mi
land). So we had a great class and explored the ingredients and methods
of Vietnamese cooking with all of its French influences. We even
snapped a quick pic of the pho yummy-ness. Not up to Melanie Dunea
quality but passable.
get me wrong (I know I say that a lot but I don't want to be
misunderstood, of course), I love pasta! But please, please, please...I
don't want to be reduced to becoming the Pasta Teacher of
Tulsa...sounds very grand, doesn't it?
I agree...it IS fun to make
pasta and it IS easy but come on, people, let's branch out! I have
soup, puff pastry, pie, roasted chicken, appetizers, and grilling,
grilling, grilling classes but nothing fills up like pasta. We've made
simple pasta, all kinds of ravioli and gnocchi. We've made sauces and
fillings until they're coming out of our ears but it's never enough!
Yes...I will continue to teach you how to make pasta but couldn't you throw in a little excitement here and there?
I'm just sayin'...