Cooking Classes

Cooking Classes have been announced and I am SO excited about these!
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Let’s chat about the first class, June 14th! ⠀⠀

I will teach you a few of my signature recipes as well as share with you my tips and tricks to hosting a dinner party with ease.
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We will prepare a 3-course dinner together, then sit down and dine after the hard work is done. Once the evening is finished you will leave with each recipe in hand, ready to invite your friends over to enjoy at your own dinner party.
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Complimentary wine will be provided to enjoy during the evening.
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Only 8 tickets are available for each class, so make sure to reserve your spot today!

The next class let’s master the art of Sourdough! - June 30th

There is so much pride and satisfaction in making your own bread, especially sourdough.

With simply flour, water, salt, and time, you will learn and discover the beauty of sourdough.

We’ll go through the entire process of making artisan style sourdough from start to finish.

You will take home 1/2 fresh loaf from the class + 1 loaf to bake the next day, along with your own “Sourdough Starter Kit” that has all the basic tools needed.

There will be snacks and wine provided while the bread bakes, giving us an opportunity to linger and discuss further questions.

This will be such a fun Sunday afternoon.

Finally, we will end with an Authentic Italian Dinner - July 13

Join me in the kitchen for an authentic Italian cooking class - the perfect date night or girls night out!

This class with focus on authentic recipes I learned while in Italy last fall.

We will prepare a 3-course dinner together, then sit down and dine after the hard work is done. Once the evening is finished you will leave with each recipe in hand, ready to invite your friends over to enjoy at your own dinner party.

Menu:

Garden Bruschetta

Italian Herb Roasted Chicken

Tuscan Shredded Kale Salad

Fresh Pasta with Garden Pesto

Authentic Tiramisu

Complimentary wine will be provided to enjoy during the evening.

For tickets and more information simply click on the images!


Green Beans Gremolata

Looking for a last minute, easy side to serve on your Easter table?

My sister-in-law makes these for many of our holiday gatherings and they are easily a family favorite!

We have The Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garden to thank for this perfect recipe.

ps - fresh dill makes an extra yummy addition to this recipe!

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Green Beans Gremolata

INGREDIENTS

1 pound French green beans, trimmed

2 teaspoons minced garlic (2 cloves)

1 tablespoon grated lemon zest (2 lemons)

3 tablespoons minced fresh flat-leaf parsley

3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts

2 1/2 tablespoons good olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the green beans and blanch them for 2 to 3 minutes, until tender but still crisp. Drain the beans in a colander and immediately put them into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking and preserve their bright green color.

  2. For the gremolata, toss the garlic, lemon zest, parsley, Parmesan and pine nuts in a small bowl and set aside.

  3. When ready to serve, heat the olive oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Drain the beans and pat them dry. Add the beans to the pan and saute, turning frequently, for 2 minutes, until coated with olive oil and heated through. Off the heat, add the gremolata and toss well. Sprinkle with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and serve hot.

Spring Grapevine Wreath

Holiday decorating can easily put a dent in your pocketbook. Each year brings new trends and new ideas. For my front porch, I love putting a wreath on either side of the door and premade wreaths can easily cost $200+ for a duo, crazy! This is why I love grapevine wreaths, they come in under $30 each and can be used over and over for every season/holiday!

Spring this year, I used some fresh eucalyptus from Trader Joes and some faux lavender sprigs from Hobby Lobby, available here. They turned out BEAUTIFUL!

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Heavenly Strawberry Cake

This cake is a flavor show stopper.

One that will leave your dinner guests swooning.

This recipe takes a bit of time, but it is worth every minute.

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Heavenly Strawberry Cake

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE LAYER CAKE:

1/2 cup vegetable shortening

1/2 cup butter

2 cups sugar

4 eggs, separated

3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted before measuring

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup milk, at room temperature

1/2 cup buttermilk, at room temperature

1/4 cup cream, at room temperature

1 tbsp vanilla

2 cups of fresh strawberries, chopped

FOR THE SIMPLE SYRUP:

1 cup sugar

1 cup hot water

FOR THE BUTTERCREAM:

1 1/2 sticks of butter, at room temperature

12 oz cream cheese, at room temperature

16 oz powdered sugar

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped and drained on paper towels

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of three 9-inch cake pans with parchment paper. Lightly grease and flour the pans , tapping out the excess.

  2. For the cake batter: In a large bowl, beat the shortening, butter, sugar blending until fluffy. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl. Add egg yolks one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

  3. In a separate large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

  4. In a medium bowl, combine the milk, buttermilk, cream, and vanilla. In three additions, add the flour mixture alternatively with milk mixture the creamed sugar mixture. Begin with the flour and end with the flour, scraping bottom and sides of bowl after each addition. Blend evenly, but do not overmix.

  5. Using a whisk or hand mixer, beat the egg white until they hold a peak. Using a rubber spatula gently fold the whipped egg whites into the cake batter.

  6. Carefully fold in chopped strawberries.

  7. Divide the cake batter evenly between the prepared cake pans. Gently tap pans on counter to level out batter. Bake 22-26 minutes, or until cake tester into the center comes out clean. The top of the cake should be a golden color.

  8. Cool cake in the pans on wire rack for 15-20 minutes, then transfer the cake to wire rack and allow to finish cooling completely.

  9. Dissolve 1 cup of sugar in 1 cup of hot water to create a simple syrup. Brush the cake layers with the simple syrup while on the wire racks. This is what makes the cake so moist, so yes, use it all.

  10. When cake layers are cool, if not frosting immediately, wrap layers with plastic wrap tightly and place in fridge.

  11. When ready to frost, prepare the buttercream.

  12. For the Buttercream: In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter, cream cheese. Add the powdered sugar in increments, scraping the bottom and sides of bowl. Add vanilla. Mix well. Gently fold in strawberries that had been draining on paper towels. Place in fridge 20-30 minutes before frosting the cake to firm, careful not the leave too long or it will become too hard.

  13. Place the first layer on a cake plate and spread with thin layer of buttercream. Repeat with remaining layers and front entire cake! Keep cake refrigerated until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Time to Plant!

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Hey Y’all!
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It ‘s officially “frost-free” date (April 15) in Nashville so it’s safe to get those summer veggies in the ground & started for summer!
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Tonight we are having an impromptu garden planting dinner party before we head out of town for Easter.
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It’s fun to get your hands in the soil, especially with friends & kiddos.
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We started lots of seedlings this year, but you can always head to your local nursery or home improvement store to get some plants!
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Happy growing season!
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PS - there are a FEW tickets left for my April 28th dinner party! Click here for tickets!