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cooking classes


children's pasta class July 30 or August 20, 2017

knife skills class July 27 or August 10, 2017

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cooking classes


children's pasta class July 30 or August 20, 2017

knife skills class July 27 or August 10, 2017

Our Philosophy

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When people ask me where I was trained as a chef, I always answer Grandma’s kitchen.  I remember rolling out the silky dough for a family dinner of “home-mades” with meatballs in tomato sauce.  Yes, home-mades. We never called it spaghetti or pasta; that’s what you got out of a box. I remember making the dough, with Grandma and Mom guiding my hands and beaming.   My best memories though, are feeding the dough into the hand-cranked pasta machine with my daughters, Carrie and Emily. In the kitchen I learned about cooking and teaching, living and loving. Cooking teaches important lessons about nature’s bounty, the love of family, and the bond between the two.  It’s not just about food. It’s about family and relationships and togetherness. 

Cooking teaches important lessons about nature’s bounty, the love of family, and the bond between the two.  It’s not just about food. It’s about family and relationships and togetherness. 


Knife Skills Class

Thursday, July 27 6:30 pm

Thursday, August 10 6:30 pm

"Stone soup?" the kids were asking. "How can a stone make soup?"

"If we just had a potful of water on the stove, you'd see that Dad’s stone will make the best soup ever!" Mom explained.

Yielding to a desire for an easy meal, the kids filled a pot with water. Soon it was boiling away. Then Dad abra-cadabra-ed to let the magic begin and dropped in the stone. When he tasted the watery gruel he noted, "A good beginning, but it's weak and needs vegetables. Are there none in our fridge?"

"Oh yes," they said, their enthusiasm for the miracle soup growing, and they grabbed onions, celery, carrots, and whatever other vegetables they could fine. They chopped away and added them. After a few minutes he tasted it again.

"Much better!" he said. "But, a good soup needs garlic and herbs.” So they were added too. After the mixture had simmered for a short while, Dad tasted it again. "It's almost soup," he said. "The stone has not failed us." He adjusted it with salt and pepper.

When their noses told them that the soup was done, Mom and Dad dished up a portion for each member of the family. They enjoyed a delicious (and healthy, easy and inexpensive) meal all together, thanks to the magic stone!

You might remember a version of stone soup from when you were a kid, but did you know it's the basis for almost all the soups, stocks + sauces  made at PAIRINGS?

 LEARN TO MAKE STONE SOUP

Thursday, July 27 at 6:30 pm or Thursday, August 10 at 6:30 pm

 

Children's Pasta Class

Sunday, July 30 at 5:30 pm or

Sunday, August 20 at 5:30 pm

As a family, join us for Sunday dinner on

July 30 at 5:30 pm or August 20 at 5:30 pm

Together we'll teach your children about food and fine dining

While you relax, order your dinner, enjoy your glass of wine and appetizer, we'll teach your child how to make pasta:   

          how to make the dough,               

                                        how to roll it out,                  

                                                       and how to shape it into home-mades.

We'll cook the pasta your child made and serve it with tomato sauce + turkey meatballs when your entrée is served to you.

Students will leave with a copy of the pasta recipe, the tomato sauce recipe, and the turkey + spinach meatball recipe from our cookbook written with The Culinary Institute of America.

Pasta making class + dinner + ice cream dessert 45 per child.

children 6 to 12 years old and limited to 12 children per class

Reservations for child class + dinner and adult dinner must be made together.

Please call 908-276-4026 or email carol@pairingscranford.com for more details and to reserve a spot in our pasta dinner class.