Tuscany is the perfect place to eat.
And after inhaling plate after plate of incredible food, you might even want to give eating a break, and cook a little bit yourself.
Hotel Casafrassi is nestled above olive groves and vineyards outside of Siena, deep in Chianti country.
The agriturismo is set in an 18th century villa, but down a path past the hedge-lined pool, is a modern kitchen.
With all of the ingredients ready for ragu, we go started on the first step: make the pasta.
Pasta making is one of my favorite kitchen activities.
Mixing and kneading takes my mind off of every day concerns and makes me focus on the moment.
If you have never made pasta before, the chef will walk you through the measurements, and teach you how to use a pasta machine step-by-step.
I rolled and pressed, and then helped myself to a glass of Chianti.
While the rich smell of sauce filled the kitchen, I may have had another glass of Chianti while chatting with Georgette and Nico.
Chianti or no, I still have my priorities straight and those priorities almost always include tiramisu:
While I often order the “pick me up” when I am eating out, I was thrilled to learn the recipe and the techniques for perfect tiramisu at the cooking class. Now I can indulge at home as well…
After all that cooking (and chatting.. and chianti-ing) it was time to sit down for lunch.
Staying (or cooking) at an agriturismo, is a great way to experience the real Italy. Sitting down for self-made lunch while surrounded by new friends?
Many thanks to My Tour Tuscany for the invitation to join the cooking class – it was great!