Dr. C. and I are fortunate to have our friend Mary Karlin visit us from the Bay area every couple of months when she comes into town and teaches cheese making at Great News! Cooking School.
Saturday's class was hands on beginning cheese making where the students made Panir, mascarpone, chevre, and ricotta. Since hands on classes make me queasy---I'm too much of a control freak to teach them, I dropped Mary off and then came back when the students were about finished, to take a few photos.
|Chef Mary with curds and whey|
|students checking the temperature|
|wrapping it up|
|Amanda taking care of business!|
|Jessica and Nicole taking care of business|
|Milk for Sunday's class!|
|Even more milk!!|
|huddle before class begins|
|And, we're off......|
|Jessica carefully measuring the magic ingredients|
|Team 2 under Nicole's watchful eye|
|Team 3 getting it done!|
|Separating the curds and whey for the brin d'amour|
|draining the curds|
|adding the magic!|
|Draining and salting the ricotta salata|
|Shaping and embellishing the brin d'amour|
So, what did I learn this weekend? Mary K. is an amazing teacher, and a great cheese maker. Cheese making invites community. Some of the students didn't know each other, but they all got to know each other through the hands on experience, and left happy, with cheeses to finish at home. Lastly, I learned that I'll leave the hands on classes to pros like Mary, and I'll continue to teach demo classes! I hope you enjoyed your weekend!