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Pleasure Palate Chef Series, Installment One: Mario Batali

  • Jan 26, 2013 · 5:30 PM
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Many of you might remember, our Julia Child 100th birthday party was a major culinary success. We have wonderful gourmet home chefs in our dining group and I have decided to make 2013 the Year of the Chef. At each event we will feature the cookbook from a master chef. We will challenge ourselves and each other to take on new styles, techniques or recipes that we have always wanted to taste. The first in our series will be held in my home which is not very large. So space will be limited to 10. Everyone must prepare their own dish from the selected chef’s cookbook. It will be limited to Pleasure Palate members only – no guests can be added until the last week, if space permits. Simply add "would like to bring a guest" in remarks and you will be notified the last week.
To make the menu balanced we ask that you please designate in your RSVP which course you plan to bring. You can always change your mind, but let’s try to make a balanced gourmet dinner to pay Mario homage. There are many of his books in the library, so we should not have to make a purchase to find a recipe. As a matter of fact there are several of his books and hundreds of recipes online. Try visiting to see how easy his recipes appear to even a novice cook.
If you really want to get to know Mario better, read the first few chapters of “Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany” by Bill Buford

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  • YourieG.

    Oh, if you'd like the recipe send me a message and I'll send it to you. I have it saved as a word doc so couldn't post the whole recipe or even attach the file since only lets you load image files.

    January 30, 2013

  • YourieG.

    Thanks Cecilia, enjoyed everyone's dishes. Your new kitchen looks great!

    January 30, 2013

  • Andree

    I am sorrry for my late response! Thank you Cecilia for hosting us in your lovely home! Thank you to all of you for a wonderful meal!

    I got the Erbazzone recipe from Mario Batali's website:

    January 30, 2013

  • Rita

    Thank you Cecilia for organizing and hosting such a nice dinner. Everyone made delicious food. It was great to socialize outside of the restaurant for a change.

    January 30, 2013

  • Ellen

    January 29, 2013

  • Paula

    Wonderful cooking, everybody! I'll definitely be trying my hand at some of the recipes that you all chose. Thank you again for hosting, Cecelia.

    January 27, 2013

  • Cecilia

    Olives and Marinated Butternut Squash
    Erbazzone (Herb Sandwich Tart)
    Mario’s Meatballs Italiano
    Chicken Ragu with Tagliatelle
    Polenta with Mushroom Ragu
    Shrimp Marsala, Housewife-Style
    Penne con Cavoloflore
    Broccolini Sofriti
    Olive Oil and Orange Cake
    Coffee Custard
    Olive Oil and Rosemary Gelato

    January 24, 2013

  • SunnyDE

    Appetizers = olives & marinated butternut squash

    January 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If I make it off the waitlist, I will make a variation of this:
    Polenta with wild mushroom ragu

    January 20, 2013

  • Cecilia

    I will make side dishes: Carotes en Scapeche and also Pancotto con broccolini.
    If you haven't noted what you will bring, please do so now so we can post the menu.

    January 19, 2013

  • Chrissy

    Since many of these recipes are rather volatile (for lack of a better word), would we be able to do at your house Cecilia? Pasta wouldn't travel from Woodland Hills to your house....... Thx for hosting this by the way.

    1 · December 19, 2012

  • Darrell

    I love making pasta using his technique... Brilliant simplicity!

    December 18, 2012

  • Carol R.

    Will have to think about the dish.....hmmm

    December 18, 2012

  • Kiyo

    Cecelia I was so looking forward to this but, I'll be traveling!

    December 18, 2012

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