Join Central Market Cooking School in welcoming the holiday season with food, family and fun this November. During the holidays, the kitchen becomes more than just a space for cooking. It becomes a place for family to gather and create meals filled with love and tradition. The Cooking School is excited to warm the hearts and homes of your family and friends with comforting dishes, delectable desserts, and a plethora of party favorites sure to inspire fun and fellowship. Explore holiday traditions from cultures around the globe, such as Italy, India and France, and bring them home to spice up your own family favorites. From gingerbread house decorating to party preparations to ramped up home cooking, November’s cooking classes present a variety of culinary diversions to transform your kitchen into the hot spot of the season.
NOVEMBER COOKING SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS:
Thursday, November 1 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Molly Fowler, The Dining Diva; Cookbook Author
If anyone knows how to throw a party, it's our Dining Diva. Pick up tips on how to spend more time with your guests and less time in the kitchen. Your guests will be most impressed that you've learned to make:
- Fig & Goat Cheese Tart;
- Brie & Pear Quesadillas with Cranberry Chutney;
- Shrimp Corndogs with Fiery Apricot Orange Glaze;
- Curried Chicken Canapes;
- Lamb Skewers with Mint Chutney; and
- Hoisin Ribs
Saturday, November 3 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Sarah Fioroni, Cookbook Author, Owner, Fattoria Paggio Allora Agriturismo, Tuscany, Italy
Learn about Tuscan food from a native in this class dedicated to even more specialties from the San Gimignano region. Sarah will introduce you to these seasonal delights from her new cookbook:
- Insalatina Autunnale (Autumn Spinach Salad with Pecorino, Pomegranates & Pine Nuts);
- Risotto con Zucca Gialla e Zafferano (Autumn Risotto with Pumpkin & Saffron);
- Tacchino Allo Zafferano (Golden Saffron Turkey Breast);
- Patate alla Poggio Alloro (Potatoes Poggio Alloro);
- Poggio Alloro Salad; and
- Torta di Mele (Apple Cake).
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Anissa Helou, Middle Eastern Food Expert; Cookbook Author; Blogger at www.anissas.com/blog1; Advisory Board Member, Oxford Symposium of Food & Cookery
Join us for a non-traditional cooking event. Anissa Helou will be in the U.S., speaking at the prestigious WORLD OF FLAVORS conference at the CIA, and we've convinced her to tour Texas on her way back home. You'll enjoy a seasonal meal of Lebanese specialties in a relaxed atmosphere as she shows slides of the markets, kitchens and food stalls that she has discovered on her travels. Get insight into the traditions and cuisine of this ancient country as you enjoy:
- Nibbles with Wine: Za'tar Bites
- Mezze of Three Beautiful Dips: Baba Ghannuge; Beetroot & Tahini; & Butternut Squash & Tahini;
- A Delightfully Refreshing Salad: White Tabbuleh;
- A Satisfying Dish Cooked in Olive Oil: Courgettes in a Tomato & Mint Sauce;
- A Main Course of: Kibbeh ( a Crustless Pie of Two Thin Layers of Minced Lamb & Burghul with a luscious filling of Minced Lamb, Toasted Pine Nuts & Caramelized Onions) served with a Minty Yoghurt & Cucumber Salad; and
- For Dessert: Saffron Milk Pudding with Spanish Torta de Aceites.
Monday, November 12 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Melissa Hamilton, Food Stylist; Co-Founder of the Award-winning Canal House; Co-Author of "The Seasonal Cooks" in Bon Appetit and Christopher Hirsheimer, Award-winning Photographer; Co-Founder of the Award-winning Canal House; Co-Author of "The Seasonal Cooks" in Bon Appetit
With her background in the kitchens of Saveur, Martha Stewart Living and Cook's Illustrated, along with the experience gained as the founder and executive chef of Hamilton's Grill Room in Lamberton, New Jersey, Melissa brings a wealth of practical experience to the table. Christopher is equally adept in the kitchen, having served as the executive editor and founder of Saveur, a food and design editor of Metropolitan Home and an accomplished cookbook author. With style and their own wonderful sense of the seasons, tips on food photography and more, they will offer recipes for the home cook that will inspire you to drop everything and run to the kitchen to start creating a meal. These recipes, from their newly released cookbook, were inspired by their daily blog Canal House Cooks Lunch (lunchatthecanalhouse.com).
Kathy Tauber, Owner Ez*Eatz!, Avid Foodie, Chef
Saturday, November 24 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Let the good times roll! With a nod to our brothers and sisters in N'awlins and a little guidance from Kathy, you'll learn to make this menu of:
- N'awlins BBQ Shrimp;
- Fish with Pecan & Meuniere Sauces;
- Garlic Mushrooms;
- Bacon Smothered Haricot Verts;
- Lemon Barley Pilaf; and
- Sauteed Bananas with Cardamom Praline Sauce.
Central Market Cooking School Staff
Sunday, November 25 from 10:00 a.m. to noon and 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
This holiday tradition means fun for everyone, young and old alike. An authentic Swiss Lebkuchen gingerbread house, lots of royal icing and mountains of candy and edible decorations will be ready and waiting. You provide the imagination to create a sensational holiday decoration.
Tuesday, November 27 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Central Market Cooking School Staff
Next to a knife, a cook’s best friend is the sauté pan. Discover how easy it is to make these wonderful recipes with just the kitchen basics:
- Shrimp with Garlic, Vermouth & Cream Sauce;
- Paillards of Beef with Green Peppercorns;
- Sauté of Seasonal Vegetables with a Splash of Balsamic Vinegar; and
- Bananas Foster.
Information provided by Dancie Perugini Ware Public Relations.