Saturday, October 13, 2012

Cooking classes.

On Thursday this week, I was visited by the local elementary class of 4th and 5th graders. They walked a mile to get to my house, and they were hungry and thirsty when they arrived.
Our first lesson: Making pizza!

They brought tomatoes, onions, garlic, and basil from their garden.
I provided flour, water, yeast and cheese to make Pizza Margherita.
We talked and worked, and they learned about the birthplace of Pizza.

Except for one adult present, nobody had ever tried to make pizza at home before that day.
The result?
35 people tasted something that came hot from the oven, with no preservatives, all fresh ingredients, and the best tasting, simplest pizza they ever had!
Of course, I had to mix the flour and yeast ahead of time so the dough could be ready for this event. The children did the mixing of another batch, and this too was useful, as we sent it home with a helper who could make her own pizza with leftover dough, and leftover sauce.

(you too can make this by scrolling my recipe list)

I was too busy demonstrating and managing my many helpers to take pictures.

Next on the menu:
Vegetable Soup/aka Minestrone will all ingredients straight from our gardens.

Note to self:
Cook the dry beans ahead of time.
Make garlic toast also ahead of time.


  1. What a great way to share your heritage. My granddaughters love to make their own pizzas...everyone gets exactly what they love as a topping.

  2. Wonderful - I am sure the kids had a great time and you, too, Rosaria!

  3. Sounds like a great experience for everyone! Did you tell them about your pizza dough in a jar?

  4. What great fun! How wonderful that you were able to share your love of cooking and good food. You may have planted the seed in the next great chef.

  5. I love it, what a gift you are giving!

  6. I LOVE that you did this. What a gift this was for the children who came to your house to learn about real food. They won't forget this experience. Thanks for doing this and for sharing it with us.

  7. According to the teacher and the principal, the students are walking around school telling everyone what a great experience they had. They now think they know everything about pizza!

    Wait till they start making pasta!