Alba's Cooking Classes



Secolari store in Columbia mall, is closing its door August 31, 2018.  New cooking Location for Columbia is in progress for Chef Alba.  Please send me your email if you would like to be on my list.



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 Annapolis, Maryland
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Lemons Lemons Lemons! August 31, 2018
Squeezed or zested, lemon gives freshness and flavor to countless dishes.  Lemon, low in calorie and high in Vitamin C, is a very versatile fruit that can be used in the kitchen for thousands of preparations, from starters to desserts. Prepare to squeeze and zest lemons on recipes such as Stuffed Fresh Lemons with Feta and Cucumber, Bocconcini di Pollo al Limone, Patate al Forno con Limone e Rosmarino
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Flavors of Malaga Spain, September 7, 2018
Malaga is located in Andalusia, Spain, and is the cultural and economic capital of the Costa del Sol. The cuisine, with its alluring flavors and aromas evoke reminiscences of ancient traditions. Dishes are simple and tasty made with ingredients that are capable of conquering even the most refined palate. Let’s make Paprika Spiced Almonds, Char Broiled Tomatoes on Crusty bread, Spicy Grilled Shrimp with Ginger and Chilies, Moorish Zucchini with Pine Nuts

Vino Vino Vino Salute! September 28, 2018
Wine is undoubtedly one of the most ancient and appreciated beverages in the world. With its intense perfume, fragrance, and color, it fascinates not only the most experienced connoisseurs, but also all who appreciate good food. Wine is a classic companion for the enrichment of a meal.  It can also become an unexpected ally for the creation of infinite number of recipes; this is why it’s important to select an excellent quality wine.   We will create and enjoy Spaghetti al Vino Bianco, Bocconcini of Pork alla Cacciatora, Broccole Rape al vino
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What the Vegan  – October 19, 2018
Join Chef Alba in creating a Mediterranean inspired vegan menu. Many recipes in the Mediterranean culinary tradition were based on plant-based foods.  From appetizers to sides, let’s reinterpret traditional recipes to tasty vegan dishes such as Polenta and Tomato Crostini, Rigatoni al Forno with Broccoli and Vegan B├ęchamel, and Zucchine e Peperoni alla Menta



Meze, All Greek to Me! November 2, 2018, 6:30pm
All over Greece and the Middle Eastern world, an assortment of small savory plates, “Meze” are enjoyed. Known in other countries as tapas, antipasto, or hors d’oeuvres, these small plates are foods to share with friends in an unrushed environment. Let’s cook and relish the tradition of making Greek Mezes of tasty dishes such as Pan Fried Feta in Sesame Seeds and Honey, Meat and Rice Stuffed Tomatoes, Greek Yogurt Based Coleslaw Salad, and Spinach and Cheese Pie in Phyllo.
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Exotic Brunch Foods- November 10, 2018, 11AM
Brunch started as a Sunday meal when you got up late for breakfast but still a little early for lunch. Brunch is an American invention, however in the last few years the trend of Brunch has caught on in Europe, where brunch is also popular and generally offered on Saturdays and Sundays. Let’s learn and enjoy making Nuvole di Uova (Egg in a Cloud), Coffee Pancakes with Nutella Cream Sauce, and French Toast Stuffed with Ricotta and Strawberries.

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New Sides for the Holidays - November 16, 2018, 6:30PM
Whether you are hosting a holiday dinner or attending as a guest and bringing a dish, why not make delicious sides to pair with the main course.  These new side dishes deserve main event status. Let’s make and enjoy Savory Pecorino Cheese and Fruit Tart, Puree of Potatoes Green Beans and Basil, Portobello and Prosciutto Al Gratin, and Butternut Squash al Gorgonzola.  

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Feast of Seven Fishes - December 7, 2018 , 6pm start
The Feast of 7 fishes (Festa dei Sette Pesci), originated in Southern Italy and is celebrated on Christmas Eve every year. A typical seven-fish menu varies from family to family, or region to region. It typically consists of seven different fish and seafood dishes. In this class our menu is: Leek Chickpea Vellutata with Crusty Shrimp, Crostini Tuna and Cannellini Beans, Mussels in Gorgonzola and Cream, Salmon Torta, Roasted Cod with Tomato Caper White wine, Seared Scallops with Fresh Herb Dressing, and Fish of Season in Potato and Almond Crust.

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To schedule a private cooking party at Secolari in Columbia, or Whole Foods in Annapolis, please contact me directly.

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