Alba's Cooking Classes


Columbia Mall,  to register go to http://www.secolarievoo.com/cooking-classes/




Fusion of Italian and Greek Cuisine, Opa! – May 15, 2018, 6:30-8:30pm
The Italian and Greek cuisine is recognized for its frugality and richness of flavors and aromas.  Greek cuisine differs from Italian due to its use of spices and yogurt. Both cuisines are famous for their custom of cooking with the day’s freshest and locally grown ingredients. In this class, we will merge these two cuisines by making Rigatoni with Feta and Sundried Tomatoes, Grilled Sausage Peppers and Tomatoes, Greek Spinach Salad with Fried Mozzarella.

Using Aromatic Herbs in Cooking- June 12, 2018
Herbs are valuable for cooking because they give a special touch to each dish.  Knowing how to use them is an art. Herbs are rich in vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and each has its own distinct aroma and characteristic. Fresh herbs can enhance and compliment the taste of a dish without adding calories or fat.  Learn how to use and store fresh herbs while making Pasta with Fresh Aromatic Herbs, Shrimp with Pistachio Mint Pesto, Tartar of Vegetable with Herb Yogurt Sauce.

Summer Southern Italian Recipes – June 27, 2018
The tradition of the cuisine of Southern Italy is centered on fresh, local, and authentic ingredients. This cuisine makes the most of its ingredients provided by its rich land and seas, and its use of very fragrant herbs that this fertile area can offer in abundance. Let’s discover popular recipes of the southern part of the boot with dishes such as Antipasto Italiano, Pasta al Pomodoro Crudo, and Cordon Bleu Eggplant. 


Alba’s Independence Day Favorites – July 3rd, 2018
The 4th of July is our American independence day. Celebrate the Fourth of July with fresh and delicious summer dishes worthy of fireworks. Spark up your recipe repertoire and prepare for a festive Independence Day party with friends and family by making scrumptious Chicken and Sausage Skewers, Potato salad with Tomatoes Arugula and Olives, and Zucchini Rosettes.

Sauce Recipes for Perfect Summer Pasta - July 31, 2018
Enjoying a good plate of pasta is really one of the greatest pleasures of life, at least in Italy. By following a few simple tips you will no longer need to buy sauces in a jar, you can rely on making your own home-prepared fresh sauces. Expose your senses to new and fabulous flavors. Learn how to prepare quick and rustic Italian sauces such as Lemon Carbonara Spaghetti, Farfalle Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Golden Breadcrumbs, and Linguini with Shrimp and Zucchini, served with a fresh salad

Chef Alba is Getting Fresh in the Kitchen- August 8, 2018
Summer is here! It's an opportunity to unleash your creativity in the kitchen with fresh and full of flavor dishes. Chef Alba as selected for you summer recipes that are quick and easy to prepare. Enjoy the summer with fresh dishes such as Gazpacho with Tomato Bread and Basil Polpettini, Shrimp al Rum e Lime con Crema di Zucchine e Menta, Rice Insalata with fresh Mango and Pineapple, and for dessert Apricots over Pitachio Ice Cream. 

Lemons Lemons Lemons! August 29, 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, an for dessert Mousse al Limone

Flavors of Malaga Spain, September 5, 2018
Malaga is located in Andalusia, Spain, and is the cultural and economic capital of the Costa del Sol. Its 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 26, 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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 Annapolis, Maryland
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Fusion of Italian and Greek Cuisine, Opa! – May 4, 2018, 6:30-8:30pm
The Italian and Greek cuisine is recognized for its frugality and richness of flavors and aromas.  Greek cuisine differs from Italian due to its use of spices and yogurt. Both cuisines are famous for their custom of cooking with the day’s freshest and locally grown ingredients. In this class, we will merge these two cuisines by making Rigatoni with Feta and Sundried Tomatoes, Grilled Sausage Peppers and Tomatoes, Greek Spinach Salad with Fried Mozzarella.


Using Aromatic Herbs in Cooking- June 15, 2018, 6:30-8:30pm
Herbs are valuable for cooking because they give a special touch to each dish.  Knowing how to use them is an art. Herbs are rich in vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and each has its own distinct aroma and characteristic. Fresh herbs can enhance and compliment the taste of a dish without adding calories or fat.  Learn how to use and store fresh herbs while making Pasta with Fresh Aromatic Herbs, Shrimp with Pistachio Mint Pesto, Tartar of Vegetable with Herb Yogurt Sauce.

Sauce Recipes for Perfect Summer Pasta- July 20, 2018
Enjoying a good plate of pasta is really one of the greatest pleasures of life, at least in Italy. By following a few simple tips you will no longer need to buy sauces in a jar, you can rely on making your own home-prepared fresh sauces. Expose your senses to new and fabulous flavors. Learn how to prepare quick and rustic Italian sauces such as Lemon Carbonara Spaghetti, Farfalle Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Golden Breadcrumbs, and Linguini with Shrimp and Zucchini

Chef Alba is Getting Fresh in the Kitchen- August 17, 2018
Summer is here! It's an opportunity to unleash your creativity in the kitchen with fresh and full of flavor dishes. Chef Alba as selected for you summer recipes that are quick and easy to prepare. Enjoy the summer with fresh dishes such as Gazpacho with Tomato Bread and Basil Polpettini, Shrimp al Rum e Lime con Crema di Zucchine e Menta, Rice Insalata with fresh Mango and Pineapple

Fresh and Easy Hand-Made Pasta– Sat August 25, 2018, 11AM
Making your own homemade fresh pasta at home gives a great sense of satisfaction that it was made with your own hands. The dough will be more porous, thus allowing the pasta sauce to be better absorbed. The entire dish will be more flavorful. Let’s make Pasta Fresca al Vino, Trio-color Gnocchi (potatoe, spinach, beets), Butter and Herb Sauce, and Sausage and Fresh Tomatoes.

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

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

Savory Rustic Tartes - September 15, 2018, 11AM
The choices of fillings for savory tarts are endless. These savory tartes are highly appreciated because of their versatility. They can be served as an appetizer, as a side dish, or as a main dish. Let’s prepare and enjoy Tarte with Leeks and Brie, Spiral Tarte with Prosciutto and tomatoes, and Tarte with Potatoes and Paprika

Vino Vino Vino Salute! September 21, 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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