Drew Barrymore, Reese Witherspoon and Cameron Diaz Go Carb Crazy in Culinary School

03/05/2014 at 05:37 PM ET

Drew Barrymore Pasta Class
Courtesy Drew Barrymore

First Oscars, then orecchiette?

Drew Barrymore has been busy in the kitchen, whipping up dishes like spaghetti and meatballs for her growing family. But after Sunday’s Academy Awards, she and a few pals — including Reese Witherspoon and Cameron Diaz — hightailed it out of L.A. and took their culinary skills to the next level at an intensive two-day pasta course at The Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, Calif.

“Going to culinary school in napa ! #freshpasta#learning #eating,” Barrymore posted on Instagram with a photo of yummy noodles in the making.

The star cooks were joined in the kitchen by a few friends like Hollywood stylist Leslie Fremar (who dressed Witherspoon for the Oscars) and celebrity makeup artists Lona Vigi and Gucci Westman — the latter of whom shared a photo of what looks like a hefty syllabus for “The Cooking of Italy”.

Beyond their newfound pasta skills, we also spy the group looking ever-so-professional in chic chef hats. “@drewbarrymore [making] the pasta FRESH!!!” Diaz wrote on Instagram, while Westman announced: “Let’s cook! #girlsweekemd #napa.” Meanwhile, Fremar shared the finished menu’s highlights like delicious fresh gnochetti with peas and panchetta.

The end result (beyond what we can imagine was the most fun dinner party ever): A photo to rival Ellen’s Oscar selfie, which Westman shared on Instagram. (And to make matters even more epic, does CIA bear a slight resemblance to Hogwarts?)

Now that’s a great idea: A girls getaway in the kitchen. But even if you can’t escape to wine country, gather your crew for an at-home bootcamp and make the CIA’s star-worthy Fresh Egg Pasta from the organization’s recent cookbook, Cooking at Home with the Culinary Institute of America.

Fresh Egg Pasta

1 lb. all-purpose flour, plus more as needed
Pinch salt
4 eggs
1-2 tbsp. water, plus more as needed
2 tbsp. vegetable oil or olive oil (optional)

1. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt and make a well in the center. Place the eggs, water and oil, if using, in the center of the well.

2. Using a fork, gradually pull the dry ingredients into the egg mixture in the center of the well and stir until a loose mass forms. As the dough is mixed, adjust the consistency with additional flour or water as needed. The dough should be tacky but minimally moist.

3. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead until smooth and elastic, 4-5 minutes. Gather and smooth the dough into a ball, cover lightly with plastic wrap and let the dough relax at room temperature for at least 1 hour.

4. Roll out the dough into thin sheets and cut into the desired shape by hand or using a pasta machine. Cook the pasta immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

—Brooke Showell

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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That has to be a dream vaca for drew. Pregnant and all those carbs.

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