Mug shots, photo-ops and cooking class fun
Simple and Savory Fish
August 27, 2013
Simple and Savory Fish
July 2, 2013
Okay, people, now you’ve gone and done it. I was perfectly happy to do as my husband suggested and cut waaay back on teaching for the summer. But then you all (or as Dana might say, “y’all”) joined me in the kitchen yesterday and I had such a great time with you, it made me think I had cut back too far!
I loved seeing all the familiar faces– seven of you from previous classes– and new friends with whom I hope to cook with again. Santiago– now that you are here for a while, don’t be a stranger! Kim– although you had to eat in on the run, I hope you enjoyed the 30-minute paella as much as the four-hour version! Nick and Rose: you are my first ever grown mother-son team! (Usually, it’s the Mom taking the college son to learn how to feed himself.)
Here are a few visual reminders of our day and the great food you made.
And it may have been a fish class, but what is life without dessert?
How to Be a Great Home Cook
May 22 & 29, 2013
I guess by the time we got to dessert the first day, we were too busy eating to stop for photos. But by the second session of class, we were pros– with plenty of time to pose for pictures!
Superfast Spring Recipes from Cooking Light
April 18, 2013
Five cooks, six dinners, one dessert– in just a few hours. I guess we know how these Cooking Light Superfast recipes got their name… Our first dish: Meanwhile, at the other end of the room… On to round two! Back to Laurel and Meg, who are clearly quite fond of lemon: By now, Meg knows her way around the kitchen like it is her own Time to cook up that New York Strip Steak and make the Avocado-Lime Salsa While Meg and Laurel have fish on their minds Yep, we cooked up a few things… Oh! Don’t forget dessert! It was a great day– thanks for being so wonderful to cook with! I hope I’ll have the opportunity to cook with you again soon…
February 21, 2013
Yeah, we really cooked that much food. Here’s a plate that doesn’t even have it all:
We started the evening with Omelet Burritos…
Made with finesse by this group
Ken and Lisa made one set of Balsamic Chicken with Almonds and grapes and Vlada, Ashley and Lynn made another
Simple Beans and Legumes
January 21, 2013
We cooked up a storm! Here are a few of the dishes we made– and of course, photos of the culinary artists who made them! First, though, we had to try to warm up our frozen fingers…here’s Blake, hands over the flames trying to thaw out…
Do Ahead Entertaining
What a great group— and what a fabulous meal! So nice to see some familiar faces, and new ones that I hope will become familiar. I suppose we were too busy having fun and cooking up a storm to think about taking pictures. That’s the only explanation I can come up with for having so few to share with you. You will all just have to come back so I can stop you more often to pose with your food… (If any of you want to share your photos, get in touch with me and I will post them here. I’d love photos of any and all of you and also of the wonderful food you prepared). Here are the Roast Garlic, Tomato and Goat Cheese Crostini: And here are those same crostini with their creators, Marjorie, Sylvia and Elaine: And here are all of you, with just a few of the dishes you made in front of you.
Moving Toward Meatless
I don’t know how I let so many days go by without posting the photos from this wonderful and memorable class. I had a great time with all of you– you were really a special group. I hope these photos make you smile as they did me.
Cooking For the Way We Live
It was a joy to see familiar faces: Welcome back, Marjorie and Randy. Your presence guarantees a fun class. I’m sure your cooking partners, Susan and Alice, agree– you four made a great group. The group I dubbed “The Competitors” (really, Kelly and Shayna dubbed themselves competetive…) are ready to go on Top Chef with their Mediterranean Barley Salad and South American Chicken Thighs. Can college buddies Seb and Roberto stay in line and keep up with their women? I guess we’ll have to stay tuned. Lorri and her mother Marion and Ann also made a great team– as they calmly cooked their Roasted Snapper to perfection! It was my great pleasure to spend the day in the kitchen with all of you– I hope I have the opportunity to do it again soon. In the meantime, please feel free to let me (us) know about your cooking triumphs on this blog, or post photos and stories on my facebook page at www.facebook.com/ASweetandSavoryLife
How to Be a Great Home Cook
August 21 and 28
What a great group! The class dynamic just couldn’t have been better– and it showed in your food! I wish I had more pictures of Day 1 to share…and on Day 2, Paul and Joanne barely made it into any photos! (Only group shots). I can only think it was because they were so busy cooking up a storm (and preparing perfect mis en place, as a photo below shows). I hope I’ll see you back at ICE again. And in the meantime, please feel free to join the conversations on posts here, send in questions to Ask The Expert on MyRecipes, or get in touch through the Contact tab at the top of the page. In other words– keep in touch! First, a few shots from Day 1:
And now, Day 2:
Thanks, all of you, for two great days of cooking together! -Marge
Moving Towards Meatless
August 16, 2012
This new class, based loosely on a story we did for Eating Well magazine, is filled with meatless recipes for the not-necessarily meatless cook. The recipes all have a strong “umami” or savory presence…just like the wonderful participants who cooked so well together. There was the Black + White Gang, who not only color-coordinated their outfits, but also made a great team in the kitchen, coordinating their work to produce fabulous food. Here they are with their Baked Black Bean Burritos…
Later in the day, this same group brought us Rigatoni with Slow Roasted Tomato “Bolognese” .
Meanwhile, Shelley, Hennie, Anna and Dana were whizzing through their recipes, starting with the fast and simple Rice Noodle and Edamame Salad.
They also made the Three Pea, Tofu and Cashew Stir Fry…
Meanwhile, Shelley’s sous chef and Head Dishwasher at home, Steve, joined forces with Barbara, Amanda, Denise and Mariel to whip up these Grilled Portobello Burgers with Blue Cheese and Red Onion Marmalade
How great do these look?
And here is the whole class, ready to eat!
Simple Healthful Meals
June 3, 2012
We were having so much fun (and cooking so much!), we didn’t stop often enough to get a picture of every class member holding each dish he/she made…But here are some I did manage to get. I hope I’ll see you all again. And in the meantime, come back and visit me on the blog– leave comments, ask questions…chat about all matters culinary.
May 15, 2012
You folks really know how to pose! I love these shots…
And before we get up close and personal with the food shots, a parting “Cheers!” to a fun group! I hope I’ll be cooking with you again soon.
And now, here are close-ups of just a few dishes you made:
Cooking for the Way We Live
April 26, 2012
Some photos from a group of superstar cooks…Look out Chopped contestants!
March 29, 2012
I wish you all a very happy Pesach (and Easter!). May your holiday tables be laden with delicious delights and surrounded by loving family and friends. It was my great pleasure to cook with you.
Simple Meatless Meals with Beans and Legumes
March 12, 2012
What an interesting group you were! We talked before, during and after cooking today about the role of meatless meals in our health and well-being. Our conversations drove home for me that many of us believe we need to add more meatless meals to our mix. But along with that, most of you did not feel a need to keep your diet 100% meatless– although you thought it might be something to work towards or aspire to. From left to right, Barbara, Theresa, Dan, Sophie, Eric, Angela, Diane, Geraldine, Guy, Barbara, Elaine, Laura, and Yael. And in the bottom row (!) Creamy Indian Lentils and Rice; Crostini (for the Edamame-Avocado Soup); Farfalle with Caramelized Onion, Greens, and Butternut Squash; rice,; and Cuban Black Beans (and in the far back, the Quinoa with Dried Apricots, Cherries and Edamame).
Corn and Red Bean Burgers with Chipotle Ketchup and Avocado Cream
Farfalle with Caramelized Onion, Kale, White Beans and Butternut Squash
Elaine, Laura, Geraldine, Eric and Yael made the nutrient rich, colorful and delicious Farfalle with Caramelized Onion, White Beans, Kale and Butternut Squash
Tomato and Pecorino Crostini are served with Avocado-Edamame Soup…
Angela, Guy, Barbara and Diane Show off their Cuban Black Beans and Creamy Indian Lentils and Rice
How to Be a Great Home Cook, February 9 & 16, 2012
If central casting had been asked to send me down the perfect class to ease me back in to teaching, this would have been it. You were a teacher’s dream students: eager, interested and attentive. And you were, each and every one of you, lovely, good people. Thank you. From the bottom of my heart. Back to the business at hand: you are all also great home cooks. The dishes you made were really terrific. So if you had any flaw, it was that you didn’t make enough mistakes to make me feel truly needed. I hope to see you in future classes!
Easy Fabulous Holidays, December 8, 2011
For some of you, this was a first cooking class after contemplating the idea for two years (um, that would be you, Stefanie) and for others (Alberto!) it may have been the 300th. Remarkably, despite the various levels of culinary experience, you all worked together in a steady, affable hum. Even more remarkable, though, is that 9-month pregnant Caryl never once sat down! In the picture below, it seems that Donna is having a private moment of prayer as she awaits the signs that Caryl is in labor.
Alberto, Pashen and Geraldine guided ICE newbie Talma through the ins and outs of classes here as they whipped up their knock-your-socks-off Pomegranate Vanilla Chicken.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the room, Stefanie and Michelle produce their version. Is an episode of Chopped in the making?
Up close and personal with the Pomegranate Vanilla Chicken Thighs:
Bright, crisp, perfectly cooked Green Beans in Almond Brown Butter, thanks to Stefanie, Mary, Michelle and Lisi. It should be noted that pregnant Lisi (like Caryl) never once sat down. Ladies– your energy level puts us non-pregnant people to shame!
Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes are courtesy of Alberto, Pashen, Geraldine and Talma:
Now, I know you’d all like to see pictures of the Goat Cheese, Roasted Garlic and Tomato Crostini, the perfectly cooked Marinated Leg of Lamb with Orange Chimichurri (truly, it was cooked to perfection!) or the yummy glazed pearl onions and roasted red onions… but we were apparently too busy cooking to take a photo. Chrissy and MaryAnne were also either too busy to stop for a pose, or they are camera shy. (I am guessing the former). Fortunately, we got them in the group shot below. As for the Fallen Chocolate Cake with Cherry Red Wine Sauce– well, that disappeared far too quickly to pose for it’s glam shot, so you’ll just have to take a photo at your own holiday celebration. By all means, post it here when you do! Cheers to all of you. May your holidays be filled with warm, loving friends and family and loads of luscious fare.
Cooking for the Way We Live, October 13, 2011
First, Let it be known that Emily (Feller), who said she had no experience cooking, turned out to have phenomenal knife skills. The way I figure it, either: 1. She is a natural or 2. she is an undercover chef, there to steal our secrets. Look what she and Natara and Ann accomplished with their combined finesse: Emily’s sister Natara certainly knows her way around the kitchen– I am hoping that after taking this class you’ll be willing to follow a recipe or two! Ann, who claims to be a “terrible” cook, is no stranger to the stove, either. Together with Emily, they made one of the favorite dishes of the day, seasoned and dressed to perfection: the Mediterranean Barley Salad. Now, Jackie told us she hates to cook, but it sure looked like she was having fun. (And if she wasn’t, she sure made it more fun for all of us.) Remember Jackie: Don’t weigh, cut or measure until… Here’s Jackie, Tanya, Robin and Lisa, rocking their Moroccan Chicken. And just below, the beautiful tri-colored zucchini they whipped up.
Some disciplinary action was needed at the far end of the room, where a naughty little chicken thigh refused to cooperate. Lisa, Emily, Josie and Carin eventually got that bad boy under control, but not without some serious work. (Sadly, Carin had to leave early and is not in the picture below). Here they are with Pork with Dried Cherry Sauce: And here are the good and evil South American Chicken Thighs:
Sadly, in addition to Carin, who had to leave early, we don’t have photos of the deceptively simple Roast Snapper which came out of the oven after the camera was put away; and the perfectly seasoned Cuban Rice and Beans, which had to be eaten early in the class to prevent students from fainting with hunger. But I’m sure you will replicate them well at home. By all means, send in photos when you do!
Simple Healthy Meals Tuesday, September 13, 2011
We got Sue one step closer to crossing an item off her bucket list, Al stayed blood-free, Stephanie may venture out beyond her cereal dinners, Dubi didn’t get yelled at even once, Sabine and Anita both mastered new knife skills, and Sybil has promised to look at Thursday’s Newsday (and come back to another class with me!). Not bad for a day in which you all cooked many dishes and learned a thing or two!
My Wickedly Delicious Class
I’m under your spell, it’s true. Think I may need a 12-step program (or at the very least five steps) when our Sunday night soirees end. Lucky for me, we have another week to go! Here are the pics from last week…this coming Sunday, we’ll take (and post) more.
Quick Wholesome Family Meals, August 18
Two Texans (not Southerners!), a tall musician, a beautiful Russian, and a mother-daughter team = one great class!
And now, to the hours leading up to that:
How To Be a Great Home Cook, July 28-29
I just loved cooking with all of you. It is as though the moon and stars aligned to put together just the right combination of great people who would work together so perfectly well! The fact that you are also all so incredibly photogenic blows my mind…
Angie, Betsy and Lara rocked the hens, too.
Candie and Billy also made this delicious dish of Sauteed Zucchini with Caramelized Onion. The addition of onion was Candie’s idea, and I think I may now add caramelizing onion to the class program. Thanks, Candie!
Just look how beautifiully these vegetables were cut and handled. This looks downright professional:
I am so hoping to see you all again. Feel free to email me, talk to me on my facebook page or twitter at Marge_Perry. But please do keep in touch. Okay, to avoid sounding all gushy and gooey, I will leave it at that. Post Script: Thanks to you, I will be posting shortly about both hard-cooking and soft-cooking eggs and caramelizing onions (and doing other things to them, too). Watch for it on this site in the coming days.
Simple, Healthy and Gluten Free, July 14
I hope Pat and Paul’s dinner–the blackening spice from the swordfish applied to sirloin steak– comes out as well as thier fish did!
Lori fakes us out by telling us she couldn’t cook…nice try! And Alice was no slacker in the kitchen either. Then there is Charles, who has professional experience. No wonder thier food was so good!
Three more really experienced cooks: Susie, who loves to entertain, Toby, who has taken a zillion classes at ICE (hope I’ll see you in another one!) and Robin, who didn’t miss a trick at the other tables, either. These three were invincible! Just look at their gorgeous paella…
What you see below is a miraculously lumpless polenta. Oh, the stories Amy, Pat and Paul can tell about straining, mashing and smoothing polenta. (If there had been an iron in the room, perhaps we could have pressed it, too). But in the end, it was oh-so-rich and creamy.
And finally, I think I speak for all of us when I wish Amy happiness, good health and fabulous meals in Portland.
Simple Summer Gatherings, June 13
PS Did Any of you get photos of your great dessert? Somehow, I didn’t…I guess I was too busy eating it to stop and snap a shot.
Simple Healthy Meals, April 21st
Okay, gang, here are the late night photos. You’ll notice the plates are all empty and the smiles are broad. It was a lot of fun– I hope to see you again soon!
Rob: click on the recipes tab and you’ll find the recipe link for the Buffalo Chicken Panini. Post to let us know how it turns out!
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How to Be a Great Home Cook, March 23-24th
I have to be really careful about what and how I say this lest you think I am some kind of culinary stalker, but it boils down to this: I wish I could have taken you all home and cooked with you some more. And then we would sit down on my back patio (because as long as this is my make-believe, I’m going to make it a warm and sunny day) and eat what we made and you would all keep cooking more and more, and you would all love cooking more and more. Shoot, I suppose the next thing is that I’d have bunnies and Bambi romping through the grass, and daisies popping up here and there and everywhere…but I liked you all individually and as a group that much. Isn’t it funny how group dynamics work? Think back to who you all are: you come from all walks of life, all ages, all levels of cooking experience…but you worked together extraordinarily well. The only thing I’d take you to task for is I wish you’d made more mistakes—to prove how very much you needed me. Please come back. If you take another ICE class when I am teaching, stop by at the beginning or end of mine and say hello. (Much) better still, come back to another with me. I can’t guarantee you’ll be in a group like this again, but let’s give it a shot.