I had a great time at last Saturday's class on soups at Dino's Ristorante Italiano. Ten of us crowded into the kitchen to make four different soups: Roasted Garlic, Potato Leek, Tuscan Bean, and Sun-Dried Tomato & Artichoke. While it wouldn't be fair to post Debbie's recipes, I can share photos and a few tips I picked up.
|Sun-Dried Tomato & Artichoke Soup|
|Potato Leek Soup|
|Cooking the leeks in butter and olive oil.|
|Frying julienned leeks for the garnish.|
For all the garlic in it, the Roasted Garlic Soup was quite mild and lovely. A slice of lemon was place in the bottom of each soup bowl before ladling in the soup. I was surprised at how much flavor it added! Perfect complement to the thyme in the recipe.
Debbie recommended a great seasoning called "Pepper Supreme" that's available at Sherm's in the institutional section.
Another class member said the "21 Salute" seasoning from Trader Joe's is excellent.
Debbie mentioned that their favorite Italian restaurant in Portland is Pazzo Ristorante. I will definitely be checking it out next time we head north.
If you're interested in getting on the email list for future classes at Dino's, give them a call at 541-673-0848. The classes fill quickly. You can also check out their facebook page.