I have been dying to share this post with all of you for quite awhile. When a blog collaboration so sincerely aligns with your passions and interests, it’s a match made in heaven, and that’s how I felt the instant I learned about The Chef & The Dish. The Chef & The Dish brings an international culinary experience straight into your home by offering cooking classes via Skype with chefs around the world. For example, if you want to learn how to make authentic Italian food, you’ll have a Skype session with a fabulous chef in Italy. If you want to learn how to make authentic Hungarian Goulash, your chef will Skype in from Hungary.
After learning more about The Chef & The Dish, I could not think of a better “Girls Day In” activity, and I invited a couple of my girlfriends who share the same passions for food and travel, Valerie Sampson and fellow blogger, Kaylee Koch.
Parmigiano Reggiano Italian Cooking Class – The Chef & The Dish
We chose the Parmigiano Reggiano Italian Cooking Class featuring Chef Paola who lives outside of Milan, Italy. This class combines all of my favorite things: cooking, eating, wine and lots of lots of cheese, since every dish features authentic Parmigiano Reggiano (or as we know it, parmesan.) Talk about drool-worthy! Plus, my hubby and I are planning a trip to Northern Italy next month, and it was the perfect way to get in the Italian state of my mind. Chef Paola even shared some fabulous recommendations for our trip, and we’re hoping we’ll have an opportunity to actually meet up with her in person.
The class was so much fun! Chef Paola had so much personality and was an excellent instructor, especially for only only being present via Skype. I was a little curious about how the Skype lesson would work, but it was so dynamic, and really fun to have a top-notch chef “in your kitchen” for the class. For our menu, we prepared:
- Traditionally Prepared Bruschetta
- Risotto Two-Ways: Classic & Strawberry
- Poached and Stuffed Pears with Parmigiano Reggiano
My mouth is watering just reflecting back on our tasty dishes!
Did you know Parmigiano Reggiano is the only hard cheese that can legally be called Parmesan in Europe? Just like champagne can only be from a certain area in France, authentic Parmigiano Reggiano can only be from a certain area of Italy, specifically from the Italian provinces of Parma, Reggio Emilia, Bologna, Modena and Mantua.
Overall, I could not recommend The Chef & The Dish experience enough. It was such a unique experience, and would make a fantastic gift idea, date night or girls day in. We cooked up a storm, drank wine (cooked with some of it) and shared a beautiful al fresco dinner together featuring all of our mouth-watering parmesan dishes. Buon appetito!
Thank you to The Chef & The Dish for offering the Parmigiano Reggiano Italian Cooking Class and a grocery reimbursement in consideration for a post. All opinions expressed are explicitly my own.
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