We Didn’t Start the Fire- Cook Eat Love VDay Weekend Cooking Class Recap

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When Valentine’s Day falls on a long weekend, a Sunday night cooking class for lovers and friends is the obvious next step.  Right?

So that’s exactly what we did.  This VDay, TomCookery hosted “Cook Eat Love-Valentine’s Weekend Cooking Class.”  I can’t speak for everyone else, but my Assistant Instructor Sara and I had a blast with this group of foodies.  I was definitely a proud mama watching this dream team drink, dance and bang out a four course meal in about an hour and a half.

Menu

Roasted Shrimp, Corn and Avocado Salad with a Lemon Shallot Vinaigrette

Squid Ink Linguine with Jerk Salmon in Vodka Sauce

Grilled Lamb Chops with Caramelized Onions and Herb Butter

Coconut Basmati Rice & Peas

Chocolate Soufflé with Whipped Cream and Berries

Highlights

-The fire at Rob’s lamb lollipop grilling station and my uncharacteristic lack of concern.  “It will take care of itself.”- said nobody about any fire, ever.  Except me.

-Mustard-herb butter.  And the group vote that it be elevated to a main course.

-My resident Jamaicans making the jerk salmon.  No pressure, TomCookery.

-That salad that stole the show.  Tails-on shrimp…a must!

-So. Much. Souffle.  Hats off to the couple who kept track of all 24, yes, 24 egg whites.  And the stand mixer that whipped them into shape.

-Kenny asking for, and being awarded an internship at TomCookery LLC.

-The pasta and vodka sauce group not so secretly declaring themselves to have the best dish.  Pass the parmesan please!

-My old-lady recipe interpretations (pinch of this, dash of that) for rice and peas and the ever patient student.

Thanks to Marisa, event planner extrodinaire at House of Flores for her clutch tablescaping and flower arranging.

If you are interested in a cooking class or cooking party, contact us at events@tom-cookery.com.

Until next time,

Tom

 

An apron, a side towel and a recipe booklet are the keys to success in this class.

An apron, a side towel and a recipe booklet are the keys to success in this class.

I love this couple AND these aprons!

I love this couple AND these aprons!

Poster child for cooking class wholesomeness.

Poster child for cooking class wholesomeness.

 

Great to have some old friends in the kitchen.

Great to have some old friends in the kitchen.

I know.  I'm also sad we're on the last course :(

I know. I’m also sad we’re on the last course :(

Salad? Don't mind if I do!

Salad? Don’t mind if I do!

Painstakingly prepared this salad with more elements than you can shake a stick at!

Painstakingly prepared this salad with more elements than you can shake a stick at!

If you can't stand the heat...just stay in the kitchen and keep cooking. -Tom

If you can’t stand the heat…just stay in the kitchen and keep cooking. -Tom

There are few things that make me happier than seeing people happily eating ;)

There are few things that make me happier than seeing people happily eating ;)

Hey girl, hey!  The inspiration for the class sitting right here.

Hey girl, hey! The inspiration for the class sitting right here.

Snapshot of what all we made.

Snapshot of what all we made.