Judy Witts FranciniFood Writer, Market Maven, Cooking Teacher, Culinary Guide, Italian Life CoachThe Divina Cucina, rolled it back out for an amazing second night of cooking at Cook’s Pots and Tabletops, and did a “Night in Sicily  Class”. This was the night following her class “A Night In Tuscany”, which was really an amazing class and dinner, so I wondered how she would live up to the first night and what would I expect on the second night. I have to say that there was absolutely no disappointment or letdown in the class or the food.

Since the regions are distinctly different, the cuisine is going to be different to match the foods of the regions. The common thread in all of Italy seems to be to use simple ingredients of the highest quality. The peasant food, the common food, is the distinguishing food of the different regions and it’s the simplicity that makes it so marvelous. And it also makes it easy for you to learn to make for yourself with creative liberty to make it uniquely your own.

The two stars of the evening in my opinion was the Timballo di Pasta, a spaghetti pie, and the Sicilian Sesame Cookies with Orange and Chocolate, which was definitely highlighted by the LARD (yes, lard!!) in the Orange and Chocolate.

I will let the pictures speak for themselves and I hope you enjoy the post. Follow Judy on www.divinacucina.com and try to catch one of the great cooking classes at Cook’s Pots and Tabletops. Hopefully I will see you there.

I love a happy cook!

Below is the fabrication of the Trimballo di Pasta, the spaghetti pie

And it turned out perfect!!

Suitable for framing!!  I was so pleased to attend the two nights of cooking with Judy and I look forward to someday seeing her in Italy to continue the lesson!

Donald R. Dexter, Jr., DMD