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Monday, November 22, 2010

Cooking Class With C

A few Saturday's ago C and I had our first day of cooking class at Kitchen Art Studio's. I was actually pleasantly surprised to find out after we got there that we were the only ones signed up for the early morning class. Guess everyone else decided to sleep in..lol It worked out perfect especially with C being as shy as she is in new situations. She had personal one on one attention from Chef and even got to help out at the stove.

C learning to use a knife

Tossing the apples in lemon juice

Seasoning the pork chops

Helping Chef at the stove

Seasoning the mashed potatoes

Future Iron Chef??

Time to eat!

Roasted pork chops with apples and caramelized onions, mashed potatoes, sweet and sour cabbage.

Apple Tartin

I always enjoy learning tips and tricks in the kitchen and Chef had a few I loved....

* You can tell if the grocers have washed your apples based on how hard it is to get the sticker off. She says if it is tuff to get the sticker off, then they have been washed. The sticker is designed to be tough to remove after being washed...interesting!

* To keep your cutting board from slipping, place a damp paper towel where your board will be and then place your board on top. The damp paper towel acts the same way as the sticky rug mats we use in our home.

* Do not use metal knives to cut lettuce. This is why your lettuce turns brown at the cut points. Either tear or use a plastic lettuce knife. 

* The lettuce knife is also great for teaching little ones like C how to use a knife without cutting her fingers off!

* After your mashed potatoes are done do NOT put a lid on the pot. Instead use cling wrap and actually cover the potatoes leaving no room for condensation (see below picture). Leaving a lid on hot potatoes will cause condensation and drips down into your potatoes and can cause them to become starchy and gummy. Totally makes sense!

* This is my tip for preventing condensation in your food. I put a layer of 1 or 2 paper towels on my pot and then replace the lid. The towels capture the steam before it can gather on the lid and drip down into my food.


Veronica Lee said...

Great tips and pics, Steph!! C is so adorable!

Have a nice day,Steph!

***Sharon*** said...

That is so awesomet that the two of you are doing that together! I did something similar (but not nearly as detailed oriented) in VA with .... now I can't remember the name of the place! But it's a GENIUS idea to do! Have fun with it! (And C looks ADORABLE!!!)

Kelly Polizzi said...

Great post!! Stephanie, your daughter is so so pretty and she has your eyes! Looks like she had a blast. Wish I could have a chef teach me how to cook! Good call going in the morning.

Mrs. P said...

Your daughter is ready for the next food challenge! hehe. Thanks for the tips. I never knew about the lettuce cutting. hmm, i wonder if it will work with regular plastic knives until I get a veggie knife?

Kids Dream Work said...

Such a fun event! How nice to have a 'one-on-one' chance for C :)
And thanks for all the useful tips!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the tips. C n mommy are adorable! :)

Susan Yuen said...

Oh my gosh how fun!!! Everything looks so delish!


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