In June of 2009, I had just finished my first year of teaching mathematics after transitioning from a career as an attorney. During that first year of teaching, it did not take long for my Calculus students to learn how much I enjoyed cooking and eating. They began class on Mondays by asking what my husband and I prepared over the weekend – ricotta gnocchi, stuffed artichokes, escargots?
During these conversations about weekend menus and trips to Philly’s Italian Market, I realized that many young people are genuinely curious about cooking. So, to share my love of food, I created La Cucina di Poppiti, LLC, to provide cooking instruction to teens. I designed several series of courses, including one on ethnic dishes – Italian, French, Spanish and Moroccan – and one on menu items inspired by restaurant kitchens from across the United States – Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Vetri in Philadelphia and db Bistro Moderne in New York City. Every session involves preparing and enjoying multi course lunch menus, and students leave each session with the recipes.
Now I offer “Pop-Up” cooking classes (typically dinner menus) to adults. You can find a sample menu on the “Pop-Up” Page.
I also write a monthly column entitled “The Judicial Palate” for The Journal of the Delaware State Bar Association. My articles focus on recipes as well as restaurant reviews, but sometimes you will find a crossword, word search or other puzzle.
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