Rules for Cooking Class

Truly, we had a wonderful time at The Stock Pot and our cooking class on Modern Italian Cuisine, but why does there have to be one idiot in every crowd? . . . → Read More: Rules for Cooking Class

Chicken Saltimbocca with Caponata

Chef Marcus’ modern take on traditional Italian recipes. . . . → Read More: Chicken Saltimbocca with Caponata

Pasta Puttanesca

The next course after the charred octopus was Chef Marcus’ take on Pasta Puttanesca.    Puttanesca can be loosely translated to “spicy like a prostitute” and most puttenesca sauces are spicy.    Chef Marcus switched it up a bit with his rendition.

(This post is the next installment of our Modern Italian Cuisine Cooking Class with Chef . . . → Read More: Pasta Puttanesca

Charred Octopus (or “You ate what?”)

OK, I can talk big about being a foodie and an adventurous soul, but when it comes to seafood, I am a bit squeamish. . . . → Read More: Charred Octopus (or “You ate what?”)

Amuse-bouche and an Italian Compote

This was a tasty little bite which inspired me to create my own Italian preserve: Triple Berry Mostarda . . . → Read More: Amuse-bouche and an Italian Compote

Another Cooking class

Please join us on another cooking adventure. This time the focus is Modern Italian Cuisine with Chef Marcus Vause from Tavolo. . . . → Read More: Another Cooking class

Double Chocolate Ice Cream with Cocoa Nib and Pistachio Praline Crumble

Well, that is  delicious mouthful.

There is even more—the “double chocolate” requires a chocolate ganache swirled in the already chocolatey ice cream.

This is the sixth part of a series documenting our Chocolate Cooking Class with Chef Sarah Leavell of The Canebrake.

Double Chocolate Ice Cream with Cocoa Nib and Pistachio Praline Crumble was the . . . → Read More: Double Chocolate Ice Cream with Cocoa Nib and Pistachio Praline Crumble

Cocoa-Chili Rub for Steak

This is the fifth post in my series documenting our Chocolate Cooking Class with Chef Sarah Leavell of The Canebrake. . . . → Read More: Cocoa-Chili Rub for Steak

Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes with Milk Chocolate Earl Grey Buttercream

You may have surmised from my recent OCD posts that I am a bit competitive.    No, really, I am.  🙂

Well, one of The Hubs’ colleagues at work has a girlfriend who runs a cupcake catering business.   Her cupcakes are sublime.   We have tasted many at different company functions and even purchased others from her . . . → Read More: Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes with Milk Chocolate Earl Grey Buttercream

Chocolate Almond Cups and Marble Dipped Strawberries.

This is the third post in a series of many to document our supremely chocolatey cooking class with Chef Sarah Leavell of The Canebrake.

The chocolate almond cups were the second treat we tasted from Chef Sarah’s kitchen.   I really enjoyed these tiny bites more than the truffle (which I didn’t think was possible).

Chef . . . → Read More: Chocolate Almond Cups and Marble Dipped Strawberries.

My Favorite Reads

Eat, Pray, Love
Running with Scissors
SantaLand Diaries
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Angela's Ashes
Naked
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
My Life in France
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
The Liars' Club
Code Name Verity
The Paris Wife
The Shoemaker's Wife
The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo: A Novel
Brother of the More Famous Jack
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls


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