Cooking Classes for the Month of August


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This month, I will offering a limited amount of cooking class partly due to the return of school.

Please join me for some fun time and for some yummy food!

  1. Tuesday, August 11th at 6:30 ( easy dinner ideas)
  2. Thursday, August 27th at 6:30 ( easy dinner ideas)
  3. Saturday, August 29th at 11:30 ( easy dinner ideas)

Sample Menu of one of my latest Easy Dinner presented in July

  • Smoked Salmon Mousse on Canape
  • Brie Tartlet with a Candied Tomatoes Compote
  • Spiced and Maple Coated Salmon with Red pepper and Purple Onion Relish
  • Roasted Tomatoes a la Provencale
  • Toasted Pine Nuts Couscous
  • Meyer Lemon and Raspberry Mousse Bar
  • In this class format, you will have a chance to sit, relax and learn many tips from your instructor. I will demonstrate how to make the recipes and you will enjoy a generous tasting of all the recipes we are making.

( For regulars $25. The fee is waived if a purchase of Demarle cookware is placed of +$60). Does not apply to the class at the Culinary Hub.

You may RSVP at cecile.cuisine@yahoo.com, or call 864-494-4494.

Oven Roasted Asparagus with Sesame Seeds


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Asparagus are one of those vegetables that can be seasoned so many ways to accomodate your entree. Since I was serving an Asian flavored dinner, I thought to flavor my aspargus with toasted sesame seed oil, and sesame seeds. Yum, and fast!

Ingredients for 4:

  • 12-16 asparagus
  • 1 tsp  of toasted sesame oil
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 picnh of pepper
  • 1 tsp of sesame seeds
  1. Trim the aspargus by breaking the ends.
  2. Then place then into a bowl. Drizzle the oil over the asparagus, and with your fingers, turn the asparagus inside the bowl so as to coat them well.
  3. Place the asparagus onto a small silpat that you would have placed onto a small perforated sheet.photo 1
  4. Cook them into the oven for 3 minutes if very tiny, 5 minutes if normal size, and 7-8 minutes if larger than your thumb. Serve with your entree. Yummy!!! Crunchy! Un vrai delice.photo 4

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Steamed Rice


 

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Would you like to cook your rice in less than 15 minute mess free? I  have the solution. Use your round mold to steam your rice. You can flavor your rice any way your want, by adding any spice to the water, or by even substituting the water with broth, tomato juice, and even coconut milk.

Ingredients for 6 people:

  • 2 cups of rice
  • 4 cup of water
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil, or butter
  1. Place the rice, water and salt into the large round mold. Place the round mold onto a plate. Cover the mold with the octogonal silpat and cook the rice for 13-15 minutes. It will depend on the rice that  you will use and the microwave as well. At 10 minutes, remove the octogonal and fluff up the rice. Add either a tbsp of olive oil, or butter and continue cooking for another 3-5 minutes making a total of 13-15 minutes. Easy and mess free!!!

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

 

Chili-Lime Meatballs


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I love, love Asian food, but my husband is not a fan so when I cooked this recipe adapted from an old recipe book from The Pampered Chef and he liked it, I was really really happy because it is so hard to cook for this man;-)

I hope that you will love it too. It is easy to make, fast to cook and delicious.

Ingredients for about 5-6 people:

  • 1 pack of lean ground beef ( about 1.33lb)
  • 4 slices of bread or 1/2 cup of bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/8 tsp of pepper
  • 4 tsp of Thai curry paste
  • 4 green onions diced very thinly

Chili-Lime Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup of soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup of honey 
  • 2 tbsp of toasted sesame seed oil
  • 1 inch of grated ginger
  • 4 garlic gloves pressed
  •  the zest of 1 lime
  • 4 tbsp of lime juice ( you may need 2 limes to get 4tbsp)
  • 4 tsp of Thai Red Curry 
  • 2 tsp of corn flour
  1. In a large bowl, place either the 1/2 cup of bread crumbs or the 4 slices of bread and pour the milk that you would have previously warmed up.
  2. With a fork, puree the bread.
  3. Add all the other ingredients to the bread and mix well. You can either use your hand, or a kitchen mixer.photo 1
  4. With a small scoop, scoop the meatballs and place them onto a deep flexipan that you would have placed onto a medium perforated sheet.
  5. Cook then for 15 minutes at the temperature of 400.photo 1
  6. Meanwhile prepare the sauce. In a small saucepan, mix all the ingredients and bring the mixture to boil.
  7. When the mixture has come to boil, turn the heat down and cook for a few more minutes or until the sauce thickens
  8. Place the meatballs into a large bowl, pour the sauce over them and mix well.photo 2
  9. Serve with steamed rice, and roasted asparagus seasoned with toasted sesame seed.photo 4Yum, and fast!!!

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Easy Chocolate Apple Strudel


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A few weeks ago, a good friend of mine contacted me to help her out with an event she was setting up for her son’s school. In order to broaden the knowledge of her child and his classmates, she had set up a series of international meals to be given to the students throughout the year. She had called a local restaurant to help her out with the German meal. Unfortunately she had forgotten to ask him to provide the dessert as well. Knowing that I am married to a German man, myself, she called me to see if I could help her out. Of course I did! A teacher at heart, I was not about deny her demand so I agreed to provide the desserts she asked.

There are thousands of German desserts, but I thought that apple strudel would be very appropriate, and this is what i made.

In a real traditional strudel the dough would be made from scratch, but not having the time on hand I decided to make the Apple Strudel the easy way, that is using filo dough.

I hope that you will try to make it as well. It is easy, yummy and almost as good as a real one. Even my mother-in-law noted that it was very good.

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Ingredients for a strudel for 6-8 people:

  • 1 pack of phillo dough ( about 12 sheets)
  • 1/4 cup of butter melted or vegetable oil
  • 3 apples
  • 1/4 cup of bittersweet chocolate chips ( ghiradhelli)
  • brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of almond mill
  1. Peel the apples and slice them in thin slices. Place them into a large bowl. Mix in the brown sugar and the almond mill and mix well. Set aside.
  2. Roll out your roulpat, and place 2 phyllo leaves on it.photo 5
  3.  Brush the layers with melted butter, or vegetable oil.
  4. Place 2 more leaves on top and brush with butter again.
  5. Repeat those steps until you have used at least 8 leaves.
  6. Empty the apple mixtures on the buttered layers and spread them out leaving a 2 inches border on the right side.photo 3
  7. And start folding the apple strudel starting from left side and folding it to about 3 inches in above the apples.
  8. Continue folding until there is nothing to fold;-). Make sure the end piece is facing down.photo 2
  9. Carefully lift the apple strudel from the roulpat and plate it onto a deep flexipan that you would have previously placed on a medium perforated sheet.
  10. Brush the top of the strudel with butter and sprinkle with 2 tbsp sugar.
  11. Repeat the entire procedure for the second strudel.
  12. Bake the strudels at 400°F for 20 to 25 minutes, until browned.photo 5

13.While the apple strudel is baking, prepare the “creme Anglaise” or cream:

Ingredients for 2 cups of Creme Anglaise:

  • 2 cups half-and-half or whole milk
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 large egg yolks, at room temperature
  1. Cut the vanilla bean in half, scrape the vanilla seeds with a knife and  place them into the milk.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine the half-and-half and vanilla bean and cook over moderately low heat just until small bubbles appear around the rim, about 5 minutes.
  3. In another medium bowl, whisk the sugar and egg yolks just until combined.
  4. Whisk in half of the hot half-and-half in a thin stream.
  5. Pour the mixture into the saucepan and cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the sauce has thickened slightly, 4 to 5 minutes.photo 4
  6. Immediately strain the sauce into the bowl in the cold water bath to stop the cooking ( optional).
  7.  Serve right away or refrigerate until chilled.
  8. Drizzle the creme anglaise in each individual plates. Cut the apple strudel in 1 inch thick, and place each piece on each plate. serving on individual plates. Sprinkle some powdered sugar with the sugar dispenser and enjoy!
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Bon Appetit and happy Cooking!!!

Creamy Pan-Roasted Potatoes


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It has been a while since I posted a potato recipe. I still cook  them ( a lot I will say), but since they are often the same, or not presentable for pictures I have not shared them. I thought I would share this recipe I fixed a few days ago. My husband loved them so much that he kept on raving about them ( and almost did not share them with his two children…)

Ingredients for 2-4 people:

  • 1 bag of tiny new yellow potatoes
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 1/4 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp of fresh or dry parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Place the potatoes in the colander and run water over them to clean them.
  2. Place the potatoes in the round mold, place the octogonal silpat on top of the round mold and microwave for 5-7 minutes or until they are cooked, but still firm.photo 1
  3. Cut them in half. OR CUT THE POTATOES IN HALF FIRST, THEM MICROWAVE FOR 3-5 MINUTES. 
  4. Place a large frying pan over the stove at medium high temperature and melt the butter. When the butter is melted and is sizzling, add the cut potatoes. photo 2
  5. Cook the potatoes for 5-7 minutes or until the potatoes are roasted to your liking. photo 3
  6. Add the cream, the parsley and season with salt and pepper.
  7. Cook until the cream is boiling. Season with salt and pepper. photo 4Serve with whatever you are eating. My family had steamed broccoli and kobe steaks.photo 1

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

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Pan Seared Salmon with Orange Flavored Olive Oil


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If you were to ask me what i wanted to eat for dinner, the answer would most likely be fish, fish, or scallops. I love fish. I like it best grilled, roasted or pan-seared. I like any fish medium rare so that they are still moist, and flaky. My most favorite fish are tuna, salmon, and mahi mahi…

The reason I think that i love those fish, is that they are very mild when they are fresh. They do not have a fishy odor and almost do not taste “fishy”. And they need very little prep to taste great.

Because I had just brought an orange-flavored olive oil from convention, i was dying to try it and thought that it would marry well with the salmon I had in my fridge, and grapefruit in my kitchen so here it was i came up with for my dinner last night. Very easy, very yummy and so healthy!!!!

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Ingredients for 2-4:

The grilled Salmon:

  • 1 large salmon filet of about 2 lbs
  • 2 tsp of orange- flavored olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper

The Grapefruit Salsa:

  • 1 grapefruit peeled
  • 1 tsbp of the grapefruit zest
  • 1 tsp of orange flavored olive oilphoto 1
  • 1/16 tsp of salt
  • 1/4 cup of purple onion chopped thinly
  • optional 1/16 tsp of red pepper flakes
  1. With the Demarle grater, zest the grapefruit, collect about 1 tbsp of the zest and place it into a small bowl.
  2. Then peel the grapefruit, remove the meat of the fruit from the grapefruit quarters, chop it and place it in a small bowl.
  3. Add the diced red onion, salt, pepper, olive oil, optional red pepper flakes and mix well. Set aside.
  4. Place the large frying pan on the stove and turn the heat to medium-high. When the pan is hot, add 1 tsp of olive oil.
  5. When the oil is starting to get warm ( it will start sizzling), add the salmon filet.photo 3
  6. Cook it for 2 minutes. Then with a polyamide spatula, flip the salmon on its other side and cook for another 2 minutes  ( or more if you like your salmon cooked well).
  7. Drizzle 1 tsp of orange-flavored olive oil on top of the grilled salmon, sprinkle some sea salt and pepper,  and divide the salmon individually by the numbers of your guests.
  8. Spoon some of the salsa over the salmon and enjoy! I did!!

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IF YOU RATHER BAKE YOUR SALMON, PLACE THE SALMON ON A SILPAT AND COOK IT IN THE OVEN FOR 8 MINUTES AT 400. 

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!