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Welcome to my site. Here you will find exciting mashups of my very own recipes for the everyday home cook. I draw influences from my days working as an Executive Chef at my own Chinese restaurant in Downtown San Francisco, as well as inspiration from various cuisines I experience from all my travels. 

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Chef Kathy Fang
Romantic Italian Cooking Class on the Amalfi Coast

Romantic Italian Cooking Class on the Amalfi Coast

The beautiful dining area where we get to dine alfresco after we finish cooking our meal

The beautiful dining area where we get to dine alfresco after we finish cooking our meal

In May of 2016, I took an incredible trip out to Italy for my best friend's wedding on the Amalfi Coast. For those of you who may not have heard of the Amalfi Coast, it's about a 50 kilometer stretch of coastline on the Southern Edge of Italy's Sorrentine Peninsula. It's an Unesco listed site known for it's rugged and steep cliffs, small beaches, colorful fishing villages, villas, terraced vineyards, and cliffside lemon groves. You can visit the little towns along the coastline and of the few, Positano is probably the most recognizable one there. Needless to say the Amalfi Coast was gorgeous and I wanted to do as much as possible while I was out there. And of those things, taking a cooking class was one of them. Cooking class for a chef? Yes, it's one of my favorite things to do when I travel to foreign countries. Of course you have to be selective and not find a super touristy class that teaches you crap cooking. You want to find something authentic, small, usually done by locals or a family. If I learned anything from having an Italian Boyfriend for 6 years in the past, it's that the best recipes always come from the family. Home cooked Italian meals will beat a meal at a restaurant any day, especially if it came from Nonna:)

So after some digging around and people's recommendations, we went with the Amalfi Lemon Experience. It sounded perfect to me as it killed two birds with one stone. We get a tour of a family owned Lemon Grove along the cliff, learn about it's history, and then finish the tour in their beautiful outdoor dining room/open kitchen with lemon groves surrounding us. The class is taught by the family and after we finish cooking with the vegetables and lemons they grow on site, we sit down with the family and eat with them. Doesn't that just sound amazing? So without further do, allow me to share our cooking experience with you. Truly memorable!

The left side is their kitchen and the right side is the dining area. Everything is surrounded by lemon groves. It smells amazing out here:)

The left side is their kitchen and the right side is the dining area. Everything is surrounded by lemon groves. It smells amazing out here:)

We started with a pretty simple dish, rolled eggplant filled with smoked mozzarella, tomato from their garden and fresh basil

Panfried, eggplant, topped with sauteed tomatoes, cheese, basil, and grated parmigiano

Panfried, eggplant, topped with sauteed tomatoes, cheese, basil, and grated parmigiano

Roll it up and place in a shallow bowl

Roll it up and place in a shallow bowl

My husband hard at work on the eggplant rolling.

My husband hard at work on the eggplant rolling.

After you finish rolling the eggplant, you get this beautiful arrangement in the shallow bowl, bright and full of color.

After you finish rolling the eggplant, you get this beautiful arrangement in the shallow bowl, bright and full of color.

On to the next dish...fresh pasta in their open ktichen. And note that giant lemon next to the water pitcher... the famous amalfi lemons are huge. They are certified organic, juicy, fragrant and sweet. 

On to the next dish...fresh pasta in their open ktichen. And note that giant lemon next to the water pitcher... the famous amalfi lemons are huge. They are certified organic, juicy, fragrant and sweet. 

Semolina flour, warm water, fresh chopped herbs, lemon zest, pinch of salt

Semolina flour, warm water, fresh chopped herbs, lemon zest, pinch of salt

Kneading that pasta...

Kneading that pasta...

The niece rolling out our pasta dough through the pasta machine

The niece rolling out our pasta dough through the pasta machine

Look at that beautiful pasta dough flecked with lemon zest and herbs

Look at that beautiful pasta dough flecked with lemon zest and herbs

The fruits of our labor, fresh pasta tossed with semolina.

The fruits of our labor, fresh pasta tossed with semolina.

Cook the fresh pasta in some olive oil, garlic, lemon zest, fresh herbs, and of course some fresh Amalfi lemon juice!

Cook the fresh pasta in some olive oil, garlic, lemon zest, fresh herbs, and of course some fresh Amalfi lemon juice!

Setup for our 3rd dish: Fresh Gnocchi with of course lemon zest and juice

Setup for our 3rd dish: Fresh Gnocchi with of course lemon zest and juice

Kneading the soft gnocchi dough with freshly milled potato

Kneading the soft gnocchi dough with freshly milled potato

Roll out the dough and cut into equal portions first

Roll out the dough and cut into equal portions first

Our beautiful tray of gnochhi

Our beautiful tray of gnochhi

Fresh made pesto using their own grown basil

Fresh made pesto using their own grown basil

Our 3rd dish: Handmade Lemon Gnocchi tossed in fresh made pesto

Our 3rd dish: Handmade Lemon Gnocchi tossed in fresh made pesto

4th dish: Freshly baked local bread made with whole grains topped with freshly marinated tomatoes, basil, and grated parmigiano

4th dish: Freshly baked local bread made with whole grains topped with freshly marinated tomatoes, basil, and grated parmigiano

Time to enjoy our courses: Along with the baked eggplant we rolled earlier, they also baked some fresh smoked scamorza cheese wrapped in lemon leaves.

Time to enjoy our courses: Along with the baked eggplant we rolled earlier, they also baked some fresh smoked scamorza cheese wrapped in lemon leaves.

Last Course: Lemon Tiramisu, lemon sponge cake, topped by whipped lemon marscarpone cream, limoncello, and dark chocolate. This dessert was divine!!

Last Course: Lemon Tiramisu, lemon sponge cake, topped by whipped lemon marscarpone cream, limoncello, and dark chocolate. This dessert was divine!!

The entire meal was phenomenal. The freshness of all the ingredients they grew on their land, from the tomatoes, to the herbs, and lemons that were used throughout the courses made the whole cooking class that much more special. And finally to sit down with the family and enjoy the fruits of our labor amongst the lemon groves, cool breeze, sunshine, and birds chirping. It gives you a sliver of what life would be like if you lived in the Amalfi. It really doesn't get better than this.

If you visit the Amalfi Coast, be sure to take a cooking class and the lemon tour with the Amalfi Lemon Experience! Link below.

http://amalfilemonexperience.it/location/

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