GREENVILLE — KitchenAid Store Manager Gloria Keller-Brinley was surrounded by piles of homemade pasta and boiling water in the Greenville store, Wednesday, July 12.
She taught a cooking class on basic egg noodle pasta and fettuccine alfredo for the Darke County Farm Bureau. The Bureau is presenting a four-part cooking series with the final class July 26. Each evening featured local chefs and butchers that demonstrated meals from start to finish, using locally grown foods from the county.
Keller-Brinley broke the ice with some fun facts about pasta. “Where did pasta originate from?,” she asked the class members. “Who says Marco Polo is responsible for bringing pasta to Italy?”
She explained the recipe, while she was stirring the fettuccine mix. Each class member was given the recipes for the pasta and the fettuccine alfredo.
“I am going to tell you right now, do not buy this in a restaurant,” Keller – Brinley said. “It’s so cheap and easy to make this yourself. If you don’t want to make the noodles, you can still make the homemade alfredo sauce at home. I am taking the cream and butter and am going to slowly condense down the heavy whipping cream that is in this mixture. When it gets to about half of its consistency, I will add the cheese, some cracked pepper and we are done. If it needs to be a little thinner, I will add a little of my pasta water. You can make the quantity you want.”
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) organization director Melinda Lee, for Champaign, Clark, Darke and Miami counties said the OFBF has been offering cooking classes for about 10 years.
“The idea behind it is to get people to come in, learn about local products and different businesses in the county,” she said. “This will help them source their food locally and learn how to prepare it from a local chef. It is something people really enjoy and this year we have been sold out on all four nights.”
Carol Brining, of Greenville, signed up for all four classes, and has also attended classes the previous years that OFBF had offered. She said she enjoys the variety of foods they teach people to make, using different local ingredients.
“I like to support the local,” she said.
The first two classes in the series took place at KitchenAid Experience. In addition to the pasta class July 12, the July 5 class featured beef with the Merchant House hosting. The July 19 class took place at A & B Coffee and Cake Co., with a demonstration of homemade apple bread. The final night, July 26, will feature pork with Winners Meats doing a demonstration at the Winery at Versailles.
For more information about future classes, contact the Darke County Farm Bureau at 1-855-335-1471 or e-mail [email protected]