by Kitchen Ladies
After two years in San Francisco surrounded by an abundance of cooking schools, it was hard to come home to Rhode Island, as I thought I would have to drive at least an hour to neighboring cities to find culinary inspiration.
Much to my surprise I found the nearby gem that is Newport Cooks, and this past weekend I took my first class with guest baker Bill Reichman of the Cooking Skills Academy in Chicago. It was an incredible experience. I have always loved making bread but my eyes were opened to a whole new level of baking this wonderful food. In three hours, Bill got into the science behind the art of baking bread and took us through the different types of dough and techniques. We learned to make bagels, lavash crackers, flat bread pizza, rustic loaves and ciabatta bread.
Let me honestly tell you that the bagels were the best bagels that I have ever tasted, no lie, and the rustic bread was out of this world. Even better, I learned to make these creations on my own! I walked away with a whole new tool in my culinary belt, and it was money well spent!
Newport Cooks has a whole line up of classes that are definitely worth checking out. I know that I plan on taking many more of these classes.
XO Mama Ferg
Artisan Breads Everyday, Peter Reinhart