Thursday, March 10, 2011

Meet Chef Amy Brandwein from Casa Nonna

Recently, Chef AmyBrandwein from Casa Nonna in Dupont Circle joined the NationalOrganization of Italian American Women for their Spring Meet and Greet.

Chef Brandwein showed us how to whip up some tasty, two-bite sized cannoli accented with pistachios. She shared her secret of using ricotta made from sheep's milk, which can usually be found in an Italian specialty store.

These cannoli are cute, but their diminutive size also serves a practical function; allowing diners to satisfy their sweet tooth after having already indulged in a big dinner. If you have ever eaten a cannoli, and I am sure you have, you already know how filling it can be. This portion size is just right, whether it follows a dinner or you are just looking for uno spuntino. You can try whipping up a batch of these tasty traditional Italian treats at home with this Chef Amy's recipe.

If you would like to see Chef Amy Brandwein for yourself mastering the art of la cucina italiana, you will have a chance the first Saturday of every month as she features the cuisine of a different region. On April 2nd she will take you to the Tuscan hills, to the capital of Rome in May, and then down to the Southern region of Campania, famous in the U.S. for everything Neopolitan.

You will surely enjoy your time at the demonstration, just as attendees did at the Meet and Greet. Chef Brandwein is not new to the role of educating others; she began teaching and garnered a following several years ago as an instructor at her culinary alma mater L'Academie de Cuisine in Maryland

Though not of Italian descent, Chef Brandwein shared with the NOIAW her deep appreciation for the many varieties of Italian cuisine. She mastered the art of cooking in an Italian kitchen, and even picked up some Italian.

Classes are $100 a person, and include a four-course meal, tax, and tip. They run from noon to three pm. For more information click here. Make your reservation soon, as class size is limited to 30 people.

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