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Be An Italian Chef For The Day

In On-Line Cooking Classes

Join our family!

Join our family, Mamma Marie Lucia in on-line hands-on cooking classes and learn to prepare antipasti, fresh pastas and sauces, main courses and desserts.

You’ll also discover and enjoy precious Italian wines with my husband wine enthusiast Rino. Rino’s grandfather was a famous wine maker in San Felice a Cancello in Campania and Rino continues to make wine today.

Travel with us to Italy and step into our Italian kitchen where we share our cooking traditions with you. Cooking classes include recipe booklet, great food and conversation.  Each class is $45 per guest for groceries.

Cooking Class Menus

All recipes are designed to be recreated in your home kitchen.

Classes are approximately three hours with questions and discussions along the way.


Santa Lucia’s Feast Day

Sunday, Decembre 13
3pm

Cookie Menu

Biscotti Regina

Biscotti al Cioccolato

Biscotti ai Datteri e Noci

 

 

Positano Lemons

   

Sunday, December 20         3 pm

Starter
Zucchini Oreganata – Oven Baked Green Squash with breadcrumbs and herb

Pasta
Pasta Positano – Fresh Pasta with Shrimp and Lemon Sauce

Main Course
Pesce all’Acqua Pazza – Fish in Crazy Water

Dessert
Torta Caprese –

Chocolate flourless cake

Tuscany Cooking

 

Sunday, January 17
3 pm

Pasta
Ravioli Nudi & Salve Burro – Naked Ravioli & Sage Butter

Main Course
Rotoloni di Carne & Spinaci – Stuff Ground Beef Spinach Roll
Cavoletti di Bruxelles – Brussels Sprouts & Roasted Garlic

Dessert
Cantucci – Traditional Tuscan Biscotti  

             Cost $45 per guest

Venezia Carnevale  

   

Sunday, February 14
3pm

 

Celebrate Carnevale as we travel down the Grand Canal, stroll through the Rialto Market and share our knowledge on the cuisine of Venice. Dress in costume if you would like, turn on the opera music and get cooking!!!

– Menu –

  • Bruschetta, toasted garlic bread with tomato and basil
  • San Pietro in Padella con Carciofi– Sea bass or cod prepared in a pan with artichokes
  • La Peperonata – Bell Peppers, Venezia-style
  • Zaletti – Venetian biscotti dipped in Vin Santo, sweet wine
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Prosecco & Bites

 

Sunday, February 28
3 pm

 

Italians have a gift for making any simple food into a feast. This cooking class shows you how to create some of those delicious finger foods that are so beautiful and pair well with Prosecco and wine. Impress guests at your next party, and learn how!

– Menu –

  • Grissini – Fennel and pepper sticks 
  • Pasta Frittata – Neapolitan omelet with cheese, herbs and pasta
  • Barca di Zucchini – stuffed zucchini boats filled with capers, green olives, herb and cheese.
  • Polpettine – Roman Meatballs, a secret recipe from the Eternal City

Mamma Mia

 

Sunday, March 7
3pm

 

Warm your heart as we celebrate Mamma’s southern Italian recipes made with love. Healthy and wholesome, this menu came from my Nonna’s recipe book.  Also learn how to make traditional Zeppole in honor of Saint Joseph.

 

– Menu –

  • Manicotti – pan-made pasta, stuffed with cheese and covered in red sauce
  • Braciola – thin sliced beef stuffed with cheese and herbs
  • Scarole alla Napoletana, Sautéd escarole with toasted pine nuts and raisins
  • Zeppole di San Guiseppe – baked puffs filled with cream for Saint Joseph’s day.
 
 

Travel With Us To Sicily!

   

Saturday, April 17 
 5pm 

Antipasto
Polpette di Melanzane – Delicious eggplant bites, a tried-and-true traditional recipe from Sicily – one bite and you will be asking for seconds.

Pasta 
Pasta alla Norma – Pasta delicately tossed with eggplant, tomato, and ricotta with origins from Catania. Pasta alla Norma takes its name from the opera, Norma. by Vincenzo Bellini.

Dolce
Cuddureddi Biscotti di FavignanaBiscotti Siciliana stuffed with fig, almonds, and spices from the island of Favignana will have you dreaming of this sunny island.

Venezia Carnevale  

   

Sunday, February 14
3pm

 

Celebrate Carnevale as we travel down the Grand Canal, stroll through the Rialto Market and share our knowledge on the cuisine of Venice. Dress in costume if you would like, turn on the opera music and get cooking!!!

– Menu –

  • Bruschetta, toasted garlic bread with tomato and basil
  • San Pietro in Padella con Carciofi– Sea bass or cod prepared in a pan with artichokes
  • La Peperonata – Bell Peppers, Venezia-style
  • Zaletti – Venetian biscotti dipped in Vin Santo, sweet wine
  •  

Prosecco & Bites

 

Sunday, February 28
3 pm

 

Italians have a gift for making any simple food into a feast. This cooking class shows you how to create some of those delicious finger foods that are so beautiful and pair well with Prosecco and wine. Impress guests at your next party, and learn how!

– Menu –

  • Grissini – Fennel and pepper sticks 
  • Pasta Frittata – Neapolitan omelet with cheese, herbs and pasta
  • Barca di Zucchini – stuffed zucchini boats filled with capers, green olives, herb and cheese.
  • Polpettine – Roman Meatballs, a secret recipe from the Eternal City

Cooking Club schedule coming this week.

On Line Cooking Classes And How They Work!

On-Line Cooking Classes

All cooking classes take place on Zoom from the comfort of your home and into our kitchen.  Once you email your requested cooking class or classes, we’ll send you a Reservation Form to fill out.  Please include one or any of your selected classes along with your food allergies. Once processed and confirmed, you will be sent an e-mail that will include a link for the class on that day.   Cooking classes are held at 4pm Eastern time and are approximately 2 hours to 90 minutes.  Recipes are sent in advance so that you can shop for the ingredients prior.  One cooker per computer or lap top only, please.  Kids 10 and under are half price with one adult paying.  On the day of the cooking class, we will meet on Zoom, cook together and enjoy the delicious foods that were prepared in the cooking class.  Group cooking class prices are $45 per person.  Extended menus and private cooking classes with tailor made menus are available upon request.

Private On-Line Cooking Classes

Private on line cooking classes are a fun option for birthday parties, a girls’ day or night get-together, or even a kids cooking class birthday party.  Whatever your wish I, I will be happy to plan it with you.  Please call me at 617.247.4112 or send in an e-mail to lauren@cooking-vacations.com, and I will send you a menu with different options according to season.  Once a menu is selected, we can plan the best time for you and your group according to your time-zone.

Cooking With Our Italian Family

Marie Lucia

Born and raised with Italian tradition and cooking skills like no other, my mom, Marie Lucia learned these authentic recipes from her mother, great grandmother and aunts who were from from Prata Sannita, Italy.  Prata Sannita is a small village in Campania where the local women are noted for their prized baking skills.  Marie Lucia has years of experience in cooking for her family, guests while in Italy, and baking for weddings and special events all around the world.

Lauren & Rino

Lauren, creator of Cooking Vacations, is a writer, cook, food lover and photographer, who shares her family recipes and traditions in each cooking class and tour.  Using recipes that were passed down in her family from Rome and Campania, she leads cooking classes throughout all of Italy’s 20 regions.

Gennaro, nick-named Rino, is a true Italian who was born in Pompei.  When he is not driving Cooking Vacations to landmarks and marketplaces, he is in the kitchen sharing his knowledge as a food lover.  He learned the art of cooking from his grandmothers and mom, while studying wine in Italy at his grandfather’s vineyard and cantina in San Felice a Cancello.  Rino adds his cooking skills and wine pairing know-how in every cooking class.  Rino and Lauren are married and split their time between Italy and Boston.