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Chef Joe Cooking Class Oct 2018 Italian With Veggies
Delicious and healthy - that's the Italian cooking combination served up at Chef Joe's latest cooking class at Marshall Medical.

Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 02:00 PM

Fresh veggies are one secret to tasty, heart-healthy Italian cooking

Chef Joe demonstrates how to bring Italian zest to the table without all the fat and calories.

Italian cuisine can be low calorie and good for you. That’s what folks attending a recent Healthy Heart Cooking Class learned. 

Marshall Medical South Executive Chef Joseph Vance started by demonstrating how to whip up fresh mayonnaise for a Caesar salad dressing. He encouraged people to give it a try by combining anchovy paste, egg yolks, Dijon mustard, garlic, hot sauce, lemon juice and pesto. He whisked it by hand into the perfect consistency but advised his audience they could use a blender or food processor to achieve the same results.
To step up the healthfulness of Italian Chicken and Penne, Chef Vance used gluten free pasta, fresh spinach and replaced canned pizza sauce with fresh tomatoes. He recommended adding fresh seasonings and to roast the garlic before adding.
Vance surprised many by using spaghetti squash in his shrimp scampi, which made it low carb. He put all ingredients together in a skillet and seasoned with a mix of kosher salt, white pepper and black pepper. Red pepper flakes gave it some heat. Tasters raved over it when they got to sample it at the end. 

Don't forget dessert

For dessert, Vance created the Italian classic Tiramisu. Ginger cookies substituted for ladyfingers – which Vance said have no taste – and soaking them in espresso made a delicious base for the dessert. 

“They give a good, rich flavor,” he said. 

He cooked the filling until it reached a thick consistency but advised home cooks to watch it carefully so the eggs don’t scramble. He also used vanilla extract to replace the traditional rum. 

Healthy Heart Classes for 2019 classes are set for these six dates (note that times vary):
• January 10 at 5:30 pm
• March 12 at 4:30 pm
• May 9 at 6 pm
• July 11 at 5:30 pm
• September 10 at 4:30 pm
• November 14 at 5:30 pm

All classes are held in the Women’s Center at Marshall South. Call to reserve a seat at (256)571-8000.