October 26, 2012 by Carin
Mozzarella! Who doesn’t love fresh mozzarella? My mother-in-law recently invited myself and her other daughter-in-law out for night of making our own fresh mozzarella and other Italian fare at Mozza Mia in Edina, Mn. This was her present to us for our birthdays that fall this month and next. For me this was a great excuse to get out to the house and this was the first time in the past 5 years that all three of us have gotten together without husbands or kids. T
This was Mozza Mia’s first cooking class and while there were a few things they need to tweak to make the class better, we had a good time. The class was a three course cooking demonstration with wine pairings and the hands on experience of making our own fresh mozzarella to take home, which is a lot easier than you would think. Want to learn about it? No? Too bad I am going to tell you because I think it is cool. Find yourself some mozzarella curd, gather some kosher salt, boil some water and grab a large bowl out of the cupboard. That is all you need. We sprinkled the curd with the kosher salt and then poured the water over the curd. We let it sit for about five minutes and then we grabbed the curd and start pulling at it till looks smooth. At that point we started squeezing it up between our hands till it formed a typical mozzarella looking ball. Some weren’t so typical mozzarella ball shaped, but they were close enough. That was it and we had fresh mozzarella.
The rest of the class was all about sipping wine and watching the head chef of Mozza Mia demonstrate how to make fresh ricotta, fresh ravioli (from the dough to the boiling of the pasta) with a hazelnut sage pesto and then finished the night off with a pumpkin ricotta crostata. What was fun about all the food, it was all made especially for us and none of it is on their menu. The chef came up with a special menu just for the class and it was so yummy! I even discovered a red wine that I enjoyed which never happens (Pinot Noir by MacMurray if you’re interested).
Because the portions weren’t very large because it was just a tasting, we headed upstairs to the restaurant to have some of their pizza because after all it is a pizza place. We had some good conversations about what all of us have been up to and wherever the conversation led us. It was fun to talk without husbands or kids interrupting us, something I think we need to do more often. It was a great evening just hanging out, eating good food and drinking some good wine. The three of us don’t have a ton in common, but we can easily sit and talk without worry and even discover that both husbands got their “road rage” from their father and their dislike of spiders from their mother. Sitting together talking I discovered little bits about my husband I didn’t know and likewise about my mother-in-law.
It is so nice to get out and connect with family when our time together is usually regulated to family events or holidays. I realized that spending time with my mother-in-law and brother-in-law’s wife (what do I call her?) is important to making our entire family mesh well and create a good bond between all of us that is independent of sons/husbands. I am looking forward to spending more time with them doing more girl things. I am sure my mother-in-law is looking forward to this, I think she has fulfilled her time doing boy stuff since becoming a mom, I think she deserves some girl time with her daughters (in-law)!