Mirta’s zest for life and passion for her country will immediately impress you as she welcomes you to her art-filled home. She will greet you with a hot cup of mate, the traditional herbal tea of Argentina, along with an assortment of snacks, which may include toasted Argentinian bread, artisanal cheeses and charcuterie from her local Argentinian butcher, and her homemade dulce de membrillo (quince paste and jelly).
Mirta will then lead you through the mate ceremony, which will incorporate her gorgeous collection of handmade mate cups and utensils. Then, you will follow Mirta into the kitchen where the lesson will begin. Mirta will teach you how to make some of her favorite family recipes, including hongos con provolone (pan-seared portobellos marinated in chimichurri sauce and topped with melted provolone cheese), humitas (a sweet and savory corn pudding made with fresh corn shaved from the cob, onion, pepper, tomato, and fresh basil), and alfajores (delicate butter cookies flavored with vanilla and lemon, filled with caramel-like dulce de leche, and rolled in shredded coconut).
Once all of the food has been prepared, you will dine on the mouth-watering fruits of your labor. You’ll go home with a packet that includes information about Argentinian cuisine, a shopping guide to Mirta’s favorite markets, and your very own copy of Mirta’s family recipes.