Chesterland chef Loretta Paganini takes Christmas dinner menu from her native Italy

Dec 18, 2015 923

By Debbi Snook

While our Thanksgiving dinners are trussed up in American traditions, Christmas leaves a little wiggle room for overseas adventure. If you aren't already wedded to your usual ham, fish or another turkey, anything goes – as long as it sparkles.

Add an ethnic twist – let's say Italian – and you can plunge into the colorful, flavorful feasts of another culture. And so it went in a recent demonstration class given by Loretta Paganini, the Bologna-born founder of a Chesterland cooking school bearing her name, and, more recently, her professional academy, ICASI, one of only a handful of schools in Ohio offering professional certification.

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