We’ll be learning about ancient Rome, life in modern Italy, and taking some virtual tours. We’ll try to cook some authentic Italian dishes. I say try because it’s difficult to know what’s truly authentic. Spaghetti, for instance, is essentially whatever you want it to be and varies from region to region. For our first meal we thought of trying Spaghetti Bolognese. This is known in Italy as Ragu alla Bolognese, and is commonly referred to as Spaghetti with Meat Sauce in the U.S. However, we decided to play it safe and prepare a linguine with tomato based meat sauce. This is a recipe that came from my mother who in turn got it from her years living in urban Chicago among Italian and Albanian emigrants We call it Spaghetti Meat Sauce a la Millie. For our second week we’ll have a dish we made last year which everyone loved named carne-e-verdure-bake. It’s really called Italian Sausage, Pepper, Onion and Potato Bake, but I shortened the name to make it simpler for the kids and the recipe title. It includes olive oil and a nice mix of “Italian herbs”. For our third and last week we will try making a polenta pie with Italian Sausage. We made this up by combining several recipes and added our own finger print. We call it Polenta Pie a la Centro di Formazione, which means, Polenta Pie in the manner of the Learning Center.
Check out the links to lessons, recipes, and videos, and virtual tours below. Also, check out the on-line quiz game at https://getkahoot.com/ . You’ll have to register for an account to view the game, but it’s easy. Try it.