Monday, April 20, 2009

Due Terre Cooking Class



I attended a cooking class at one of my favorite New Jersey restaurants called Due Terre this weekend. The name means Two Lands, in Italian.

The head chef, Bill Dorrler is a native New Jerseyan and specializes in Northern Italian dishes using only the freshest seasonal ingredients available.



We had fun learning how to make ricotta gnocchi, a great trick on how to poach eggs for a crowd, and how to make a fantastic zabaglione.

We sampled nicely paired Italian wines to go with the foods and it was a terrific event.


The highlights of the day..........

The Real Housewives of New Jersey!


Poaching eggs for a crowd is simple. Just crack the egg and place it in a little plastic wrap, tie it into a bundle, leaving a little air at the top of the bag, and drop the bags in boiling water for 4 minutes. No mess, and you can keep the bags in the fridge until ready to poach.




Salad with fresh asparagus, a poached egg, prosciutto and a citrus emulsion......


We shelled fresh peas and ramps for our pasta sauce.........




Making our gnocchi..........






The delicious results........


Macerating berries in Grand Marnier and simple syrup...........


Topping it off with a little zabaglione & some delicious Moscato D'Asti.........


33 comments:

doggybloggy said...

pretty cool - the gnocchi look perfect

Ciao Chow Linda said...

What fun - and what great food. I love the tip about poaching eggs too. I'm going to have to get to that restaurant.

Kim said...

How much fun this looked! Great tip on poaching an egg for a crowd, just in time as a matter of fact. Homemade gnocchi, they looked light and wonderful.

Maris said...

What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon! I'd go there just for the gnocchi, it looks really good.

Gnocchi has always been my favorite pasta yet I've never attempted to make it!

Culinary Cory said...

Sounds like a really fun cooking class. I LOVE the poached egg tip. No mess and no fuss.

Proud Italian Cook said...

I just love that egg dish and the poached eggs for a crowd tip! I will steal that for sure! Please post some tips on making zabaglione
I'm so bad at it! What a great way to spend the afternoon!

kat said...

That looks like a totally fun way to spend an afternoon!

Cate O'Malley said...

Sounds like a great class and restaurant - will definitely have to check it out!

lisaiscooking said...

What a fun class! Gnocchi continues to intimidate me, and I need to take a class and learn how to make it. It looks incredible here with the peas.

StaceyEsq said...

Thanks for the gorgeous pictures and recap from the cooking class! What a great way to spend a few hours! Please post the gnocchi recipe, I'd love to learn how to make them!

Patsyk said...

Wish I could have been there! Your pictures are making my mouth water, and to think you learned how to prepare that wonderful food!

LaDue & Crew said...

I am loving the poached egg trick- What a time saver! This looked like a great day, Stace!

Michele said...

I wish I was at this class! Poaching eggs for a crowd is so hard so the tip is really helpful! Thanks so much for posting your experience!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Your food-ography is fabulous! Perfect lighting...clarity...makes me want to sample a bite of that ricotta gnocchi. I've always wanted to learn how to make that? Will you be sharing how? LOVE the poached egg tip, too!

How I wish I could have been there. The whole day looked lovely.

Maria said...

How fun!! Looks like a terrific class. Gnochhi is one of my favorite dishes.

Karen said...

sounds like you had lots of fun! Great tip for the poached eggs!

Dana said...

That looks like so much fun! I love classes like that - casual and fun.

noble pig said...

Wow and cool about the eggs. I mean just wow. Lucky you to have such an experience.

Pam said...

What a fun experience. Everything looks so tasty - especially the gnochhi.

Just saw your got milk add - too funny.

The Duo Dishes said...

Great cooking class techniques! The egg poaching is one we've filed away.

The Food Hunter said...

Sounds like a great class.

Colleen said...

That looks like a lot of fun! What a great day!

Daily Spud said...

I am taking note of that poached egg trick for sure!

pam said...

Stacey,
Was great meeting you at the class, I think we had the most entertaining table for sure! Your pictures are great, makes me want to go back for more! I'm on a mission to find fresh ricotta to make those gnocchi's this weekend for my family! :0) Pam
P.S. great blog, will be back to visit again, fabulous recipes & ramblings

Vidya said...

Hoo boy that ricotta gnocchi looks amazing! I've also been super busy lately so haven't been online in a while and just read your post about the fig cake which was inspired by cuisine.com.au...I love love love that site, it publishes all the recipes from the food columns in big newspapers from here in Sydney and in Melbourne, usually written by foodwriters and chefs. It's a great site, hold onto it!

Peter M said...

Aren't you glad you made Gnocchi? It's so easy and the homemade ones are delish!

Lori Lynn said...

Oh how fabulous! Sounds like you had a grand time.
Love the poached egg idea!
LL

Sara said...

love the egg poaching trick. I will so try that next time.

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

Love the poaching idea. Going to have to try that out this weekend!

Culinary Wannabe said...

How fun! And the poached egg thing is genius!

Angelica said...

What an awesome way of poaching eggs. My boyfriend's obsessed with poached eggs on the weekends and I always hate making them coz they kind of make a mess...But I'm gonna try out your way and hope it's less messy, looks simple and hassle free!

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