When a group of “Wine Tasting Friends” get together for a 2-Dishes cooking class, there is no shortage of fun and laughter! What a great group of ladies who know how to have a good time and can definitely appreciate tasty food and an opportunity to learn some new tips for their kitchen.
Their menu was customized to accommodate dietary needs with a spotlight on Mediterranean flavors. It showcased an array of seasonal farm fresh produce from Talley Farms CSA Program. Was it a success? One of the student’s quotes says it best, “Superlative!! Loved every single minute of Kathleen’s class. The information was so enlightening, the food – so very delicious and inventive!” – Sherry
Here are some more comments and photos from the class:
“Food was delicious. Recipes easy to make. Fun enjoyable experience.” – Ellen
“The food was fantastic! Kathleen explained everything so clearly & made it look very easy. She & her assistant were personable, professional and engaging. Presentation was gorgeous!” – Marie
“Your patience & knowledge is outstanding, besides, of course your delicious meal! Can’t wait to try out the recipes!” – Staci
Ginger & Fennel Scented Orange Pepper Soup
Persimmon Salad with Feta, Hazelnuts and Pomegranate Seeds
Apple & Calvados Sorbet
Moroccan Chicken Tagine, Couscous with Apricots, and Balsamic Roasted Carrots and Parsnips
2-Dishes cooking class held in The Red Barn Kitchen at Rancho Dos Amantes was a great success! The students were taken on a tour of the charming farm stay accommodations and the beautiful gardens with a side visit to see the goats and chickens. While meandering among the raised-bed vegetable gardens, they picked fresh kale, basil and mint for use in the class.
The menu focused on farm fresh vegetables from Talley Farms Fresh Harvest and fresh fish. Many new techniques and tips were taught including how to use a Spirolizer, where to purchase the best balsamic glaze and vinegar, how to select optimum fruit for coring and slicing, along with an introduction to some new produce items.
The response was overwhelmingly positive with comments such as:
- “Beautiful facility! Kathleen is easy to watch and learn from. The food was great, recipes easy and great suggestions for utensils. Would do this again. Highly recommend.” -Barb
- “Delightful to watch Kathleen with a passion for cooking. She inspired me!” -Sharon
- “What a delightful and enjoyable experience in the kitchen!! A real knowledgeable and informative journey for someone wanting new ideas and a positive cooking class” – Karin
- “Being a novice in the kitchen, Kathleen did a fabulous job explaining to all of us – and the forum was relaxed enough I felt I could easily ask questions. Very fun & excellent food! Neat ways to prepare fish & squash with new twists.” -Tanya
- “Really enjoyed the flow of the class. Lots of great information and the food was even better. Will definitely use the techniques discussed and recreate the items served.” -Sally
Here is a visual view of the class menu:
Blistered Padron Peppers
Pumpkin Dinner Rolls with Honey-Butter
Pear & Crispy Pancetta with Farm Fresh Goat Cheese drizzled with farm sourced Honey
Miso-glazed Black Cod served with Yellow Squash Spaghetti & Roasted Skewered Tomatoes
Ginger Shitake Glazed Salmon served with Roasted Vegetable Orzo
Warm Blackberry Cobbler topped with Vanilla Ice Cream
Check out the new food site at www.delish-dish.com! Chef Kathleen publishes informative restaurant reviews and posts easy and amazing recipes including tips and details to help you create wonderful new creative meals.
Chef Kathleen is also partnering with Talley Farms Fresh Harvest to provide recipes for the wonderful fresh produce they supply in their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. Check the Talley Farms link to access new ideas for use with your fresh produce.
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Cal Poly students had a great time at the 2-Dishes birthday party/cooking class celebration for Alexa!
“I loved being able to watch what was being prepared & the tips were helpful. My favorite was the chicken & the coffee ice cream. They were delicious!” – Robyn
“The lasagna cupcake was great & I really enjoyed the experience. Getting the opportunity to make my own pizza was fun and informational. Had a great time!” – Seth
“The Chicken Milanese was bomb-diggity!” – Derek
“Kathleen was very easy to listen to and is very helpful. Great food, nice presentation. Very well-done class. “ – Townsend
“It was a fantastic experience! A great way to learn some of the nuances of cooking while enjoying a great dinner.” – Josh
“You are so gifted at what you do. The demos were fun & the food was amazing!” – Alexa
Hear what students had to say:
“This class was amazing. The food was so rich, vibrant and satisfying. Your teaching skill is easy going and interesting. This was a wonderful date night. We will do it again!” – Kirsten
“Excellent presentation & excellent food! Delicious! Love how you made it special!” – Debra
“I liked that we could see you work & you explained the dishes well. Loved this – I can’t wait to make these dishes!” – Lauri
“Great presentation! The food was fresh and fun. Someone with limited experience could make a wonderful meal for loved ones.” – Anthony
“Very good class! The selection of menu items was perfect for the season. Everything was delicious – well paired with Poallilo wines.” – Stephanie
“10, 10, 10 – You’re our new hero! Especially the beef followed by the pastry.” – Cheryl & Roger
“Absolutely incredible, I came expecting 2 dishes and was SO delighted there was soo much more! I will absolutely recommend this experience to all my classy friends.” – Jaclyn
“It was all done with such class from the moment we walked in the tasting room to the awesome tart. The food was wonderful and I learned a lot. Over the Top!” – Lori
“Wonderful, wonderful demonstrations. Excellent flavors. Can’t wait to try all the recipes. Very informative.” – Robin & Nick
“Excellent! I learned so many fun things. The special tips make all the difference and your 3 special things are an unexpected treat that sets you apart.” – Karen
“Great menu. Great instruction. Great food. Great venue.” – Linda
“Good class, thank you. Dessert was great! Really like how you tied the pork.” – Shawn
“It was fun, informative – with touches of exotic foods. Love it all!” – Tammy
“Fabulous! Wonderful food, wonderful chef & chef’s helpers!” – Mary
“Everything was perfect! Each dish was unique & delicious! I love all the tips!” – Kathy
“Your class was so well executed down to every detail. Creative menu with refreshing ideas. Deliziosa!” – Mindy
“Absolutely delicious! My favorites – paella & fig tart! Please have more classes in this area!” – Tracy