Exclusive Culinary Institute of America Recipes: A Sneak Peek!

Learn Culinary Institute of America Recipes And Tips!

No, don’t worry – this list of “CIA Secrets” won’t get you in any trouble! Recently, Peter Salerno (of our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc.) and his son Anthony took a trip to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, to experience a day of cooking and culinary craftsmanship with master chefs.

While each chose to take a separate CIA cooking class, both learned incredible CIA chef recipes that they will certainly use for the rest of their lives. Anthony attended the Under the Sea (seafood) course, while Peter Salerno chose the Mediterranean Cuisine cooking class.

Peter Salerno and his son Anthony at Culinary Institute of America in New York.
Peter Salerno and his son Anthony at Culinary Institute of America in New York.

We know what you’re thinking – isn’t the Culinary Institute of America just for aspiring chefs? No! There’s an exclusive section of the CIA website for “Enthusiasts”  that promises “CIA classes to satisfy your culinary cravings”. You don’t have to enroll in a full course of study – take individual classes that fit your passions!

From Boot Camp Culinary Vacations to cooking and baking classes to wine and beverage courses, the “Enthusiasts” program is a real winner. Check out their locations here.

Both Peter and Anthony raved about their experience at the Culinary Institute of America – not to mention they each brought home enough food for days!

Peter Salerno was so enamored with the recipes he learned at his CIA Mediterranean Cuisine cooking class, he’s sharing two of them with you today:

  • Chicken Tagine with Apricots and Golden Raisins
  • Paella with Quail, Shrimp and Chorizo

Both dishes are fresh takes on classic Mediterranean fare, and Peter and his family were thrilled with the results. We hope you are too! Please enjoy these recipes and share them with your loved ones.

CIA Chef Recipe: Chicken Tagine with Apricots and Golden Raisins

CiA chicken tagine recipe

CIA Chef Recipe: Paella with Quail, Shrimp and Chorizo

CIA paella with quail recipe

CIA paella with quail recipe

Make Your Own Mozzarella: Recipe, Photos and More!

Make Your Own Mozzarella With Jeanne Dargis (And Us!)

This was SO much fun. Recently, Peter and Tracy Salerno of Peter Salerno Inc. (award-winning custom kitchen and bath design) had the pleasure of making their own mozzarella with Jeanne Dargis – aka “The Cheese Teacher”!

Jeanne Dargis is based out of Nutley, New Jersey, and can travel throughout the Tri-State area. Her expertise in cheesemaking is well-renowned, and “The Cheese Teacher” offers private parties as well as public lessons/courses. From ricotta and mozzarella, to butter, to more advanced cheeses like brie and gouda, Jeanne is the go-to cheese expert in the Tri-State area!

Join us on a journey as we make homemade mozzarella (pictured) with Jeanne Dargis, the Cheese Teacher!
Join us on a journey as we make homemade mozzarella (pictured) with Jeanne Dargis, the Cheese Teacher!

From Jeanne’s website:

Jeanine Dargis is a professional cheesemaker. She offers a variety of cheesemaking classes, parties, and seminars that are fun for adults as well as children. From breezy to serious, Jeanine’s classes can be tailored for any group’s needs.

Peter and Tracy Salerno had a blast making cheese with Jeanne Dargis, friends and family in their northern New Jersey home. The private cheese making party was a smash hit with all participants. It was especially enjoyable to Peter and Tracy themselves, as both are avid and serious home chefs. (And why wouldn’t the most award-winning kitchen designer in North America be a great home chef?)

Join us on a journey as we make homemade mozzarella (pictured) with Jeanne Dargis, the Cheese Teacher!

We’re giving you two great insights from the cheese making party with Jeanne in this article:

  1. All these fun, appetizing pictures!
  2. A few pages from Jeanne’s personal cheese making handbook!

Check out the PDF attachment that accompanies this article for your primer on how to get started making a beautiful mozzarella – then, contact Jeanne Dargis, “The Cheese Teacher”, to schedule your party and/or class!

Click to view the PDF of Jeanne’s personal mozzarella recipe and guide!

Join us on a journey as we make homemade mozzarella (pictured) with Jeanne Dargis, the Cheese Teacher!

Join us on a journey as we make homemade mozzarella (pictured) with Jeanne Dargis, the Cheese Teacher! Join us on a journey as we make homemade mozzarella (pictured) with Jeanne Dargis, the Cheese Teacher!