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ICI Days 51-55 – Gelato Week!

Is there such a thing as too much gelato? The week began with the promise of a weeklong sugar rush. So many flavors, so little time. Starting the week with the science and math of gelato and ending it with our own unique flavors, all of us are ready for a little break from gelato. The […]

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ICI Day 50 – Gelato Week Intro and Coloring Party

What a start to gelato week. First we had an introduction to gelato with a discussion on ingredients and technique. Then we visited two gelato shops. Tasting, comparing flavor and texture, making notes. Then back home for lunch and a free afternoon. It was a rainy afternoon, so a bunch of us decided to have […]

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ICI Day 49 – Free Day

Today we a free day and the weather this morning was finally sunny and warm. Katherine, Leo, and I set out after breakfast for a walk into the nearest town, Montepaone. It’s about a 30 minute walk along the beach – such a lovely view of the sea and abundant sunshine this morning. When we […]

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ICI Day 48 – Market and Afternoon Off

The night before we had a strong storm move through with high winds, heavy rain and hail. The next morning started out with a bit of sun, but a blustery wind. We had our weekly trip this morning to Severato and I spent the morning with Linda. Braving the cold wind, we visited the restaurant supply store, […]

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ICIDay 47 – Taste Test Challenge

Today we had a new challenge – taste and smell a dish blindfolded then write down the ingredients we believed were in the dish.  We had one minute to taste and 5 minutes to write down everything we thought we tasted. The challenge? Recreate the dish using only the ingredients we wrote down after tasting. […]

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ICI Day 46 – Mystery Box Challenge

Thanks to Amanda and Chef Andreas for taking pictures for me. Amanda snapped this one of my finished dish before the chefs tasted it. Today and the rest of the week are technically a break for us. About half the class left for travels throughout Italy. The rest of us decided to stay in and […]

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ICI Day 45 – Pasta Party

Today was Pasta Party day. Everyone had to make their own pasta dish. I chose a dessert pasta: chocolate ravioli with chocolate hazelnut praline stuffing, served over strawberry coulis with a dollop of chocolate ganache, fresh strawberry slice, and a chocolate dipped candied orange peel strip. It turned out better than I expected. And it’s yummy. […]

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ICI Day 44 – In the Kitchen with Chef Nicola – Patisserie

Chef Nicola was with us again today.  This time we were learning patisserie – pasty doughs both sweet and savory to use as aperitivo or on buffets. This is all of us with his finished creations. And this is what it looked like after we finally got to eat it! Yummy. I know I say yummy […]

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ICI Day 43 – Creative Cuisine Continued

Another day of amazing dishes and a lot of tasting. Chef John made delicious food an Chef Kevo made beautifully plated dishes.  The image above is a stuffed pasta packet called saccottino (which means a sack or bag), tied with a parsley stem and garnished with burrata, tomato-olive-balsamic salad, caper fruit, fresh basil and some […]

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ICI Day 42 – Creative Cuisine

Today Chef John demonstrated so many dishes it was hard to keep notes going on everything. Chef Kevo also demonstrated a molecular gastronomy technique to make beet juice “caviar” and then used it later in a tris with beef three ways (shown above). Here it is used on the tenderloin tartare portion of the dish. We […]

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