In celebration of Rocco Dispirito's Now Eat This Italy cookbook and his new AOL Travel show of the same name, AOL publicists invited several journalists to cook with the outgoing Jamaica, Queens native in the test kitchens of the International Culinary Institute in Nolita. I was one of the lucky three dozen journos who got to cook light versions of Caprese Salad, Pollo Al Forno, Spaghetti Vongole and Instant Italian Ice (which Dispirito whipped up with Rachael Ray on her show about 1 ½ years ago).
|Chef Rocco in Action|
To be perfectly honest, we all were a little slow in the kitchen so Rocco actually made all the strawberry flavored instant Italian Ice in front of us as we sat at the dinner table eating the other three dishes we prepared. I also noticed that once our food was plated by the Culinary Institute Staff, it looked a helluva lot neater than when we plated it in the kitchen—so we indeed did have a bit of help making our food presentable, LOL!
|Low Calorie Strawberry Ice|
|Preparing the Chicken|
|Pollo Al Forno|