What you'll do
Let's turn grocery store ingredients into restaurant-worthy dishes. Many of my guests are stunned to learn how simple it is to create these delicious dishes. First, we'll introduce ourselves to break the ice. Then we'll go right into hands-on cooking! We'll start with making ricotta cheese in a very simple way with ingredients that you are likely to already have at home. We'll also create a simple tartine and "grown-up mac 'n cheese" using a few simple ingredients, including the ricotta cheese that you just made. In the process, you'll have a chance to take a virtual tour of my garden here in California wine country to learn about culinary herbs and edible flowers. I will teach you ways to use the whey, which is a byproduct of cheesemaking. Once we finish cooking, we will sit and taste what we created and talk about the recipes, the experience, and life in wine country. We'll even drink some wine together, and I will make some suggestions for you about matching wine with what we made. This Experience is great for team-building. Looking to reconnect with your colleagues and teammates while working from home? Send me a message.
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I am a classically-trained professional chef, and trainer of chefs, with decades of experience. I have been teaching cooking through a variety of venues including Airbnb Experiences for the past four years. My background is Italian, but I'm a student of world cuisines, learning about cultures and food by hosting nearly two dozen exchange students from around the world. I am passionate about home cooking, and love to help others see how they can easily learn to make great food at home by learning some good techniques, coupled with a few tips and tricks. I love getting to know guests from around the world and have been honored to have hundreds of five-star reviews on my in-person experiences like sourdough baking, cheesemaking, and wine country cooking. View all my experiences here: https://www.airbnb.com/users/show/82728771
What to bring
Desktop or mobile device. Stable WiFi.
For the ricotta: 1 quart Whole or 2% milk, not ultra-pasteurized or shelf-stable.
For the tartines: Bread (rustic is best), honey and/or olive oil and toppings such as herbs, dried f…
For the mac 'n cheese: 4 ounces dry pasta, grated romano or parmesan cheese, and coarsely ground black pepper
Measuring cups and measuring spoons
Medium or small mixing bowls and spoons. Plates and bowls for eating.
Fine mesh sieve, or colander lined with cheesecloth or thin tea towel
Microwave and microwave-safe glass container - OR thermometer & double-boiler
I will send you a complete printable list of ingredients and materials right after you book
A wire whisk
At least 6 tablespoons white or cider vinegar, salt
Pan of water to cook pasta
Colander to drain pasta
How to participate
Join a video call
Download Zoom for free on a desktop or mobile device. After you book, you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
"You'll virtually visit my kitchen in California wine country via Zoom, and we'll tour my backyard (weather permitting) to visit my herb garden and learn more about culinary herbs and edible flowers."
Book a private group
Want to join with just your family and friends? Juli will host a private group for up to 10 guests starting at $195.
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Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.
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You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email. Up to 10 guests ages 12 and up can attend. Parents may also bring…
This is an online experience. If you are prepared with all of the items listed above, you should be able to follow along and cook as we go. I will also provide you recipes via email after this experience. IF YOU ARE LATE, we will admit you up to 10 minutes after the experience begins.
Ricotta Cheesemaking in Sonoma