This is not your ordinary cooking course! This course is for those who have fun in the kitchen, love Italian food, and enjoy diving deeper into learning traditional dishes in simple, new and engaging ways. What will be shown is the preparation and cooking of a Sicilian dish called Sarde a Beccafico--stuffed sardines. You don't like sardines!? This dish is a great way to try them for the first time--it's so tasty, it'll convert you.
What makes this different than an ordinary cooking course is that you will also learn about the history of the dish, about its birthplace, the Italian island of Sicily and the Sicilian city of Bagheria where the dish was prepared and cooked specifically for this course. Also throughout the lessons, you will learn Italian and Sicilian words and phrases. The course is visual, informative and hands on--The best way to learn is to watch and do as Nonna Grace does.
Learn a bit more about the sardine, test your general fish knowledge and learn some Italian phrases
Learn a brief historical overview on Bagheria, Sicily
Learn a bit about the villa they call 'The Villa of Monsters'
A quick welcome to my grandmother's kitchen--a list of nonna's ingredients and some tips and tools before learning how to prepare and cook Sarde a Beccafico.
Watch and learn the first part of preparing and cooking Sarde a Beccafico
Watch and learn the 2nd and last part of preparing and cooking Sarde a Beccafico
Learn some more basic Italian.
A quick video recap on making the dish.
Answer questions based on the lessons learned throughout the course. Have fun!
A brief video view of the sights and colors of Sicily.
I have been teaching for almost 20 years, predominantly teaching Italian, at the Secondary level . It's a passion. It's the love of and for the Italian language and culture that gives me the desire and great joy of sharing it with others.
I earned my undergraduate degree in Italian Studies and continued post graduate work in Education. I later earned my graduate degree in Liberal Studies. It was after receiving my Master's degree from the University of Chicago that my love for all things Italian grew even more. I saw how clearly Italy and its history connected to so many other subjects and topics--it's Connection that inspired me to create this course. I hope to encourage travel to Italy and infuse a knowledge of Italy's landscape, its people, its food, artists, culture, and language. Benvenuti e buon divertimento! Welcome and have fun!