So….after much deliberation, I decided to indeed offer cooking classes to our friends, neighbors, and other foodies in the area. Classes are now in session – next one is 6/23 at 2 pm – “Simple Summer Salads”.
Today’s class was “Stocking A Healthy Kitchen“. At the end of our discussion of healthy pantry and fridge staples to stock, we crafted our lunch from items on hand.
Today’s class starred Mary Ann, Dianne, and Sherry, from my ‘hood. What a blast! These ladies are smart, fun, and each one has a great sense of humor.
PLUS we all had a lot of tips and techniques to share with one another.
First up: Creamy Zucchini and Ricotta – this was a recipe that I’ve been wanting to try. (I’ll post the recipe tomorrow, as can’t seem to find where it originated….) As a group, we decided: it was great as is; chopped artichoke hearts sounded like a fun add in; would be perfect spread on toasted bread with half of a cherry tomato on top; or as a base for an omelet prior to adding the ricotta.
Next: Melon Salad with Prosciutto – Wow! The mix of flavors on this was a winner – salty prosciutto, fresh melons, peppery arugula, and a simple dressing of honey, oil, and lemon juice. Definitely a “make again”.
Then, for our “Main Course” – Tuna Salad Melt – I know, I know…you’re thinking “that’s a tuna sandwich”. No, my friends. Any similarity ends with the first ingredient: chopped walnuts. What a surprise this one was to us. Loved the crunch of the walnuts, the dash of hot sauce, and the addition of garbanzo beans.
Lastly for those of us with any room left in our tummy – Greek Yogurt with Warm Black and Blueberry Sauce – yes sirreee! Just as good as it sounds. Cold and hot. Nothing better. Once again, a keeper that could be used as a dessert, or for breakfast with oatmeal, or for a mid-day pick me up.
All in all, we went away satisfied that all of our dishes were “Keepers”, easy to assemble, and kept the kitchen nice and cool, since there was minimal cooking.
(P.S. – If you live in the No. Fulton/Alpharetta GA area and are interested in attending any of the classes, just email a comment to me and we can discuss. Thanks!!)