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Pizza Cooking Class, October 11, 2012

Grilled Pizza from the Garden to Table Cooking Class

Pizza is America’s favorite food.  I don’t have documentation on this, but if I did my own survey, I think I could justify my case.  I think most American kids would choose pizza over the all-American hamburger and well, for us adults, if you put a piece of quality pizza in front of just about anyone, I can guarantee they will love it.   It’s our go-to quick meal dish.  It’s what we order when we don’t have time to cook.   It makes a perfect party dish.  It is customizable to fit anyone’s diet restrictions and yes, even the gluten-free now have a pizza crust available to them. (more…)

September 24, 2012 at 1:58 pm 1 comment

La Cucina Italiana Cooking Class – Sept 13, 2012

Every issue of La Cucina Italiana that comes across my desk is like candy for the eyes.  The photos are so tantalizing.  I have been pouring over these beautiful issues to prepare for our La Cucina Italiana Cooking Class on Thursday, September 13, 6:00 – 9:00 at the Holy Nativity Community Hall in Westchester.  I look at these magazines most days, since I sell advertisers on promoting their products in La Cucina Italiana, but today I am reviewing the recipes with a different eye. I’m looking for recipes that we can make easily and enjoy in our three hour class.  As I do this, I’m getting hungry and tempted to make a few different things for dinner tonight.  That’s the problem!  What to make from all the possible choices. (more…)

August 21, 2012 at 11:19 am Leave a comment

Swiss Chard & Ricotta Ravioli star at Pasta Class

The Pasta Class

I felt like a proud mother watching everyone cranking and rolling out beautiful
ribbons of pasta dough at our Pasta Cooking Class on June 9.

Diane and Hannah rolling out pasta dough

It was a first for just about everyone in the class and our 11-year old Sous Chef, Hannah seemed to have mastered making pasta in no time at all.   Starting with just flour, eggs and salt, you just can’t imagine that eventually you will end up with beautiful ribbons of pasta that you can spin around your fork.

Making Ravioli

We made four different pasta dishes.  It was difficult to choose a favorite.  TheSwiss Chard and Ricotta Ravioli has been a favorite of mine for a long time,
when I found it in Marcella Hazen’s book, Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking.  It certainly has great presentation value and looks difficult to make, but once you get a rhythm going, it comes together quite easily.

Ravioli with Browned Butter and Sage Sauce

Diane and Susan made up a browned butter and sage sauce, which makes this dish!  Add a little parmeasan and Voila! (more…)

June 22, 2011 at 12:18 am 1 comment

Pasta-Pasta-Pasta Cooking Class – June 9, 2011


Pesto and Tomato Angel Hair Pasta

Pesto and Tomato Angel Hair Pasta

Pasta is one of the most versatile “food groups” as far as I’m concerned.  You can add so many things to pasta and come up with a casual or an elegant meal.  Today there are so many pasta options in our supermarkets –  you can purchase whole wheat pasta, gluten free pasta made from rice (check out and semolina pasta in every possible shape and size.   If you’ve never tasted fresh pasta, get ready for a surprise to your senses.  In this class you will be cranking out fresh pasta by hand and see how the nonni’s of old created simple, but yet delicious dishes from the basics in their kitchen – flour and eggs ( flour paste – hence pasta).

We will try a number of sauces too.  Pesto, browned butter and sage, a milk based sauce, sun-dried tomato – all with a different twist of course.
So far on the menu are:
Once we complete the cooking we will sit down and enjoy our meal with a glass of Chianti!
Come join us on Thursday, June 9, 6:00 – 9:00!  What cook doesn’t want to add new pasta dishes to his/her repertoire? Class fee $35 when you reserve by June 6,  $40 at the door.    To reserve your spot,  email .  Then write a check to “Fresh Food in a Flash”; mail it to Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, Cooking Class,  6700 West  83rd Street, Westchester, CA  90045.

May 16, 2011 at 12:22 pm 2 comments

La Cucina Italiana Gift Basket winner

Food Blogger, Melba Melendez,, Patti Londre, Camp Blogaway

We had a fabulous time at Camp Blogaway this past weekend in the Big Bear Mountains.  I met amazing new friends who are just as obsessed about food as I am. That made me very happy and validated all my thoughts and feelings about food and cooking.  This includes fellow campers pictured here, Food Blogger Melba Melendez, who won the La Cucina Italiana Gift Basket and Patti Londre, Camp Blogaway and     (more…)

May 2, 2011 at 1:24 pm 6 comments

Camp Blogaway Here We Come!


La Cucina Italiana Gift Basket for Camp Blogaway Includes: La Cucina Italiana magazines and apron, Lundberg Risotto, Amaretti di Saronno Lazzaroni, Voskos Greek Yogurt, Di Majo Norante Sangiovese, Colavita Orecchiette, San Marzano Tomatoes, Gusto Gucino Extra Virgin Olive Oil

La Cucina Italiana Gift Basket for Camp Blogaway Includes: La Cucina Italiana magazines and apron, Lundberg Risotto, Amaretti di Saronno Lazzaroni, Voskos Greek Yogurt, Di Majo Norante Sangiovese, Colavita Orecchiette, San Marzano Tomatoes, Gusto Gucino Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Camp Blogaway 4-11

This weekend I will be hanging out with about 100 other Food Bloggers at Camp Blogaway in the Big Bear mountains, above Los Angeles.   I’m hoping to hone my blogging skills and meet like minded friends who relish the idea of talking about the fine details of cooking, entertaining and food science.

I really need some technical help, so I’ll be searching out anything and everything I can along these lines.   I’ve been a little overwhelmed with all the jobs I’ve been doing since I started my food business in January.   In March, I added the job of Western Regional Manager for La Cucina Italiana Magazine.  I now have three different business cards in my bag to hand out – Fresh Food in a Flash (Blogger, cooking teacher and chef), Pampered Chef consultant (cooking equipment salesperson) and now the La Cucina Italiana gig.  I’m finding out that I can successfully manage all of them by letting one flow into the other.  It’s a lot of fun and keeping me very busy!

Yesterday I prepped the La Cucina Italiana Gift Basket you see here to give to our fearless leader, Patti Londre.  She will be raffling this off among the volunteers who will be prepping a dish with Idaho Potatoes.   Can’t wait to taste this!    I’m also bringing boxes of magazines with me so that my fellow campers can experience this authentic Italian publication’s quality and salivate over the Italian themed recipes and gorgeous food photos.

April 28, 2011 at 9:27 am Leave a comment

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Patricia K. Rose

I am a Chef, Cooking Teacher and Food Blogger. Learn how to create delicious and healthy food in a FLASH.

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