Sunday, November 16, 2014

Perfecting the Pie Crust (Saturday, November 22, 2014)

Get a head start on your holiday Baking!




Understanding what makes a pie crust flaky and tender can be the difference between an amazing crust and a frustrating kitchen disaster. This class will focus on the tips and techniques for creating the perfect pie crust, while getting knuckle-deep in butter.

Cost: $20

Sign up by: Thurs 11/20/14

Register by calling (814) 375-2750 or email CookingClassChef [at] gmail.com


Classes are located at Kohlhepp's Custom Counter Tops
(203A Beaver Drive, DuBois, PA 15801)

All equipment will be provided. Must be at least 16 years old.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Ready for Thanksgiving!

Thank you to to all who attended last night's class



Saturday, November 1, 2014

*New Class* Holiday Hosting Hints & Cooking Shortcuts


Getting ready for your first Thanksgiving or looking to ease the holiday feast workload? 

Learn  professional catering shortcuts and time-saving tips. In this hands-on class, we will talk turkey, easy breakfast ideas for crowds, along with answering questions like, ‘how long can you keep grandma’s stuffing? Receive comprehensive recipe packets and tools to create a memorable holiday meal.

Come Hungry!

Cost: $35 (cash or check)

Sign up by: Wednesday 11/12/14

To reserve your spot call (814) 375-2750 or reply to this email (CookingClassChef @ gmail.com)








Classes are located at Kohlhepp's Custom Counter Tops

(203A Beaver Drive, DuBois, PA 15801)
All equipment will be provided. Must be at least 16 years old.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Friday = Pie Day

Wonderful evening full of friends, flour & fun! 

Monday, September 1, 2014

New Class : Perfecting the Pie Crust (Friday, September 13, 2014)


Understanding what makes a pie crust flaky and tender can be the difference between an amazing crust and a frustrating kitchen disaster. This class will focus on the tips and techniques for creating the perfect pie crust, while getting knuckle-deep in butter


To reserve your spot call (814) 375-2750 or email CookingClassChef @gmail.com

Cost: $20 (cash or check)


All equipment (and snacks!) will be provided. Must be at least 16 years old.








Monday, August 4, 2014

Cooking Class : Knife Skills 101 (August 22, 2014)




Want to chop, slice, and dice like a pro? Learn the basics of handling the kitchen's most versatile tool. This two-hour workshop is designed to provide an overview on how to select the right knife for the job, care for your knives and hands-on experience sharpening your culinary skills. 

Cost: $15 (cash or check) 

All equipment (and snacks!) will be provided. Must be at least 16 years old. 

To reserve your spot email CookingClassChef @ gmail.com or call (814) 375-2750

Space is limited!


Class will be held at Kohlhepp's Custom Counter Top (203A Beaver Drive, DuBois, PA 15801)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

When Willpower and Better Judgement are No Match for Parisian Pastries

Saturday morning I was at the farmers's market in the Latin Quarter ready to embark on a food tour. The vibrant colors of the produce were some of the most beautiful sights I've seen in Paris. 


After making it to through market, the first stop was an artisan boulangerie for pain au chocolates and crossaints for all! Until this moment I managed to avoid gluten and most dairy while traveling (except for that memorable bite of Melva Pudding in Swaziland). Maybe 1 bite wouldn't be so terrible? It would be in the name of culinary research after all. It. Was. Delicious. Still warm the chocolate center was barely melted and beautifully wrapped in the buttery layers of the never-frozen puffed pastry. Something so good shouldn't be tossed in garbage. ..It's only a couple more bites. 

The tour continues to Laurent DuBois' cheese shop. Now here's a sign - the cheese maker's last name is the same as my hometown in Pennslyvania! Gotta try at least a couple samples, for culinary research purposes of course. Four hours later, I regrettably justified sampling numerous bites of pastry, 3 foi gras and the 8 cheeses unable to be exported outta France. 

This lapse of good judgement doesn't come without consequence. Despite my nonsensical justifications this morning's #GlutenHangover was a doozie (puffy face, acne, hazy vision) - so much for mind over body. It been almost seven years and I still haven't learned my lesson. Pavlov's dogs were trained in just a few days, right?!?






Weekend in Paris

A solo excision to Paris sounds even more enticing after three weeks of group travel. Friday morning I was drinking my coffee while riding the rails through the countryside of the Netherlands. By lunchtime I was in Paris enjoying lunch in a quaint, open-air cafe. Just as I was having  a true "Parisian moment" Frank Sinatra's New York New York began to play throughout the cafe. So close.... So close....

Having been to Paris before, the usual sights were not on my must see list. Instead a leisurely stroll and dinner along the river would suffice for an evening activity. While taking in the view, much to my surprise, two familiar faces approached. It was another culinary school comrade and his wife.  Thanks to social media I was aware they were traveling in Paris but isn't exactly a small town. Never once, during the past five years. while both living in New York, we ran into each other on the street, but here we are - Bonjour friends! 






Thursday, May 29, 2014

Goedemiddag Amsterdam

May 29, 2014

It's been a great visit to Amsterdam. I stayed with a culinary school pal, Ema who recently made the move across the pond (check out her adventures www.saludcheersproost.blogspot.com ). We have spent the last 4 days eating our way through the city - my kind of sightseeing. 



Unfortunately the Anne Frank House was sold out during my entire stay but walked past for a visual confirmation at least. With our #1 historical attraction a bust, it was on to the next thing on our list - the #HeinekenExperience a museum/historical factory tour. 25% of the tour was pretty interesting, including a lesson on the proper way to drink beer (come to find out I've been doing it wrong all these years). The other 75% of the tour was an interactive advertisement to drink more Heineken. 

In efforts to familiarize Ema with all the neighborhoods of her new home town, we paid the Red Light District a visit.Touring the red light district on a weekday morning didn't exactly showcase it's excitement or lure very well. It was a pretty quiet street with mostly closed restaurants and bars but with the occasional sleepy, slightly sad, looking prostitute standing in a second story window. Since it was only 10am, I'm guessing the district's A-team was probably still sleeping. 

Thinking I should make the most of my time across the pound, I decided to bop down to paris for the weekend. This little side trip will make my country count 6 for this trip - the passport is looking happy!




Friday, May 23, 2014

JNB > LHR

May 23, 2014





Yesterday was a long travel day, After 8 hours in a over-packed little Toyota, we called it a day. When we decided to pull off, still 21/2 hours from the Johannesburg, it was one cranky car. Even with low blood sugar, 2 days of eating fast food and a guide who lacked good manners, we all played nice and enjoyed one last South African dinner. Today we arrived at the airport 6 hours before our flight and ready to part ways. The cousins have continued their endurance shopping at the duty free shop and I've found the bar. 


Just a few hour until we bored the plane headed for London and I'm looking through the pictures, trying to catalog the memories of the past two weeks. There is a witty, insightful and poinient blog post to be written about this African adventure. A post illustrating the connection between being in the part of the world where my grandmother spent two years while in the Peace Corpse, and without her initial invitation to accompany her on on around the world journey I wound not have been open to this opportunity. A post of self reflection after seeing children unable to afford shoes sing with joy in their hearts. Such writting would be the fitting for my last post from South Africa - but I'm a little tired at the moment. 

So please check back for such a post to come, but in the mean times cheers to the hospitable country of South Africa, the scenic roadways of Swaziland and the beautiful beaches of Mozambique!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Topped with Freshness & Love

May 21, 2014

Waking up in a treehouse cottage overlooking sandy beaches and clear blue ocean waters is the type of safari a girl could get use to. 



Our last day in Ponta D' Ouro, Mozambique was spent on the beach and of course, some shopping. The attemp to swim with the dolphins was failed when our party of 4 was deemed too small to charter the boat. The majority of our meals have come from a beach side restaurant but with an open afternoon it was time to branch out. Just before the market was 'Tarragon's Tea Garden -Topped with Freshness & Love' It was closed on Monday for 'Taryn's birthday,' and closed on Tuesday (just because it's Tuesday) but Wednesday there was no excuse. 

As Cousin Kathy continued to shop the vendors I paid the Tea Garden a visit. For a coffe connesiur (some may say addict) like myself, it has been surprising to find instant coffee as the norm in most it the regions we've traveled through on this adventured. As Cousin Kathy continued to shop the vendors I paid the Tea Garden a visit, thoroughly enjoying the hot cup of freshly pressed coffee while watching the cafe's cook prepare lime-cream cheese frosting for the freshly baked carrot cake cooling on the counter.

The day came to an end as we had one final feast of grilled prawns and watched the sunset on the Indian Ocean