Friday, June 1, 2012

Cooking Class

If you follow MLST on FB, you would have noticed the other day that I mentioned I was hosting a cooking class at my house the other night. I thought I'd share some pics of the festivities with you. The class was taught by my nutritionist, Marisa. She's so awesome--down to earth, laid back, and fun. Marisa also brought her son Ryan along for more of the "technical teaching" ie how to chop like a chef, etc. Ryan is only 17 but he's already won a state competition in cooking and is going to a national competition soon. We had so much fun, learned a lot, and ate some delicious food.

First I need to show you guys our half-finished dining area. I'm so excited about it! We brought in our outdoor table for this cooking class so we'd have a place to eat and I staged the area a bit. Ignore the unfinished walls for a minute please.

I brought in a rug I had gotten off Craigslist a while ago and love it in here. It was intended to go in the living room when it's all done, but I'm kinda diggin' it in here. We'll see.

We don't have the light that will permanently live above the dining table installed yet, so I threw together this light for a little ambiance. It's just two halves of a metal hanging basket that I twisty-tied together and added some Christmas lights to. Fun, right? The "tablecloth" is craft paper--great for a mess. My boys like to draw on it and when it gets dirty, just crumple it up and throw it away. Easy peasy.

Okay, now on to the cooking class:) Here's Ryan showing us how to mince garlic with a knife. We used a lot of garlic that night so he was busy!

The lovely Marisa overseeing.

Two-thirds of the class attentively observing.

I have no pictures of the chicken that was made:/ but here's the roux that we brushed on top of the chicken to brown it. It was simply equal parts butter, olive oil and flour. And in the other pan are the "innerds" taken out of the inside of the chicken. You can use these to make a gravy, or give to your animal friends.

Sauteeing the zucchini, artichoke, olives and garlic in some olive oil. (This was our side veggie) Fresh tomatoes and freshly grated cheese were added later.

Eggplant, garlic, tomatoes, and fresh basil for our homemade bruschetta. With of course some Romano cheese grated on top.

Roasted chickpeas in place of croutons for the salad. They were roasted in the oven with olive oil, salt, pepper and some cloves of garlic for more flavor.

The simple dressing was olive oil and raw apple cider vinegar doused on top of the greens (Romaine and red leaf) and tossed, with some salt and pepper added and Feta cheese, tomatoes, and roasted chickpeas.

And here's Mitch enjoying the feast after the class was dismissed.

Everything was so fresh and tasty. And the chicken was moist and delicious. (We stuffed the inside with two lemon halves, herbs and garlic.)

 I can't wait for our next class!


  1. It all looks AMAZING! Let me know when the next class rolls around!

  2. So many good things in this post. When I saw your post on fb, I thought you were teaching the class and was impressed. Still impressed, love the idea! I'm going to try those chick peas. I also love that you weren't afraid to have a little party in your unfinished house. I need to work on that kind of thing more and have been really trying to have backyard parties even though behind our sod we don't have that area landscaped. I am having a backyard party next weekend and I am going to try to steal the light fixture idea. I think I have time to pull a few off. Kraft paper on the table is also a great idea.

  3. What a fun idea! Looks like you were a great teacher. That would be my dream job.

  4. Your hanging light is ingenious! Love it!


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