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French Cooking Demonstration and Dinner

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Last night, I had the pleasure of cooking for a group of women who were celebrating their friend’s 70th birthday.  The dinner was a surprise for the birthday girl; she thought they were going out to dinner, so when she arrived at the house where I was cooking (under the guise of picking up another friend), she was delighted that they would be staying in and having a French cooking demo and dinner!  The evening went without a hitch.  I could tell the women were dear friends, and so comfortable in each other’s company, and they made me feel welcome.  Alli came too, as my sous chef and server.  I cooked while they chatted, and every once in a while, they would call out to me, “What are you making now?” and I was happy to come around the island and show them.  I told them that some of my class “students” like to be hands-on and help stir and chop, and others like to enjoy their wine and just watch, and that I was happy with whatever involvement they wanted to have in the making of their dinner!  Their Bon Anniversaire dinner included: Brie en Croute, Crepes, Coquilles St.-Jacques, Fresh Bread, Salade Verte, Steamed Haricot Verts, and Mousse Au Chocolate.  I also treated them to a taste-test of chocolate!  We all agreed that Nestle chips are perfect for cookies, but other chocolate desserts will be made even better with the likes of Callebaut!  (Callebaut is $6.99/lb at Whole Foods, and is well worth trying out in YOUR favorite recipes!)

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Baklava!

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

A friend called and asked me to help her child make some Greek food for a school project for tomorrow. She asked my advice, because it was last-minute, and because she figured that someone else might be able to guide her child better than she could (if you are a parent, you already know this). Within a half hour, my friend had purchased phyllo dough and was in my kitchen with her daughter. She sat and watched while her daughter “paint on” the butter and sprinkle on the spices and nuts on each piece of phyllo, layer by layer. A great time was had by all and the finished Baklava was beautiful.

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Cooking Demonstration up for Bid!

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

I attended a meeting for the JDRF Promise Ball today.  I am on the Procurement Committee, and our theme is “Cirque du Cure,” so we are looking to gather lots of French items: French wines, chocolates, linens, perfumes, etc.  I decided to donate a Cooking Demonstration and French Dinner for 8!  Doing cooking demos is a blast, and because I was a teacher, talking away comes naturally :) Looking forward to a fun time, both at the auction on May 1st, and at the dinner at the home of the highest bidder, TBD!  This pic. is of Bill and me at last year’s gala.

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Cooking Demonstration for the West Hartford Garden Club

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Today I gave a cooking demonstration to the West Hartford Garden Club members.  We met at one of the member’s home, in her beautiful kitchen, and stood around the center island making Mozzarella-Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms and Butternut Squash Soup.  I had made my Raspberry Bars for them ahead of time, and they ate those while they had their meeting.  It was wonderful to see the group again, and they all got some great tips as well as a yummy lunch.  One tip I will share with you all: instead of peeling and dicing your squash for soup, try cutting it in half, hollowing out the seeds, and placing it cut-side down on greased tin foil. Bake it in the oven for an hour at 350, then let it cool enough to handle.  Flip it back over like a boat, and scoop out the insides with a spoon!  So easy, great roasted taste, and none of that difficult peeling and cutting!

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