CEA offers a variety of fun and cultural academic activities. I decided to take part in the cooking class offered to us. It was a three hour class, but defiantly worth it. We started out by creating the ‘dough’ for our fresh pasta. All you need to make fresh pasta is eggs, flour and a little bit of salt. While the ‘dough’ was resting, we started to work on our appetizer which was an eggplant souffle.   While the eggplant souffle baked in the oven, we started to work…

Fresh produce from the San Lorenzo market When I began planning my trip to Italy I was imagining I’d eat some serious Italian cuisine during my stay. I pictured most of my meals consisting of pizzas and pastas with some gelato to top them off, of course.  It sounds great but then what happens when you do not want to spend and spend on eating out? Part of my budget coming into Florence was food, but spending it all on dining out was not part of the plan….

You can walk into any convenience store in Rome and grab a box of pasta off the shelf for a euro or less. Pretty crazy, right? If you didn’t know better, you would figure that would be the single best option for pasta meals during your stay in Italy. I quickly fell into that trap within the first few weeks of my stay in Rome. But last week I attended a cooking class and have changed my mind-set ever since! Last Wednesday night, a group of CEA students…