SPECIAL GREAT TASTE THIS THURSDAY AT 7 PM LIVE AT HY-VEE WITH ITALIAN FOOD EXPERT GISELLA ISIDORI

  • Thu
    Nov 15
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Mon
    Nov 19
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

Gisella Isidori with Indian Hills studentsThe amazing Gisella Isidori is our special guest on a bonus GREAT TASTE show live from Hy-Vee on Thursday evening.  Fresh from surviving Hurricane Sandy, Gisella blew into Fairfield last weekend and proceeded to capture the hearts of local food lovers and Italophiles.  On Sunday, she taught a hands-on class at the At Home Store with 20 people.  In a little over two hours they made 12 different dishes including polenta, sauces, and dessert.  On Monday, a group of middle school students at MSAE learned how to make pasta and two sauces with her.  Tuesday at Indian Hills she interacted with 30 culinary students, and they turned out an array of 12 plates featuring classic Italian dishes such as risotto Milanese.

Wednesday evening she told the Great Taste audience at Hy-Vee about how she and her husband got started making gourmet pastas in New York over 30 years ago.  They were the first to introduce pastas made from quinoa, amaranth, oat bran, and other widely unknown grains.  She even made fresh buckwheat pasta in 1990 at Le Madri, a Manhattan restaurant Bryan Miller, then the New York Times critic, called the hot spot where you find ''the hugs-and-kisses-I-love-your-hat-Ciao-baby crowd.'' 

Gisella Isidori in the Hy-Vee Club RoomSeveral decades later, Gisella is still wowing everyone she meets with her effusive personality and overflowing love for cuisine that takes the best of Italy's far-flung regional traditions and melds them with what's available wherever she finds herself.  On Great Taste this week, Gisella will introduce us to the buckwheat pasta she ate as a little girl growing up in Valtellina, on the border where Italy meets Switzerland.  To make the pasta, pizzocheri, she'll use organic buckwheat and hard red wheat grown by Early Morning Harvest in Panora, Iowa.

Erbazzone, an olive oil torta, and torta caprese are other items on the menu that the studio audience will get a chance to taste.  Great Taste is radio you can actually taste if you are a local, otherwise, enjoy the virtual tastes at www.kruufm.com.

 

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE LOCAL FARMERS AND EARLY MORNING HARVEST, WHO CONTRIBUTED PRODUCTS FOR THIS SHOW.  YOU CAN FIND SOME OF THEM AT THE FAIRFIELD FARMER'S MARKET AT THE SENIOR CENTER SATURDAYS DURING THE WINTER.  ALSO, A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO JAN SWINTON FOR ROUNDING UP THE BUCKWHEAT AND OTHER ITEMS.  CONGRATULATIONS JAN ON THE USDA GRANT YOU WON FOR OUR AREA.  YOU CAN HEAR MORE ABOUT THAT ON THE SHOW!

"You can see past shows on video at www.fairfieldmediacenter.com"  and find KRUU'S GREAT TASTE archives at http://kruufm.com/station/archives/6080