I slept until 10:30 yesterday morning. I even missed a bike ride. Not my usual habit, but my body needed the downtime. Why? This has been a great week for cooking lessons (and cooking lesson parties!). Especially for August, when things are a wee bit quieter than the rest of the year. It started with a private/corporate lesson on Tuesday night. A group of 12 co-workers in Northampton showed up at Different Drummer’s Kitchen for a night of fun and food. And we all got both. They were a blast, and played together very well. It was even a hands-on class. As a rule, I don’t usually arm the guests, But no knives flew, and the food was very good. The most popular item of the night? That’s a tough call. Was it one of the variations on flatbread? And in case you were wondering, we made the dough from (yeasty) scratch. Or maybe one of the two variations on garlic bread? Or maybe the chicken or pork tenderloin kebabs? Oh, these tough decisions.
Then, after cooking for The Author on Weds, it was my bi-monthly cooking and nutrition evening for a group of women going through breast cancer treatment. We did healthy variations on chicken piccata and chicken Marsala. With the addition of a great suggestion on the perfect seasonal salad: fresh tomatoes and peaches (yup! Peaches!) with basil, a little balsamic vinny, and olive oil. It was excellent.
Which brought me to the finale of the week: a cooking lesson party at a bridal shower, in scenic Somerville (formerly known as the “Paris of the ‘90’s”) It was a blast. Maryland crab soup, dates filled with goat cheese, bacon, and gorgonzola. Shrimp pad Thai. And finishing with pots de crème, the rich and palate-boggling baked chocolate custard. It was a very fun night.
On top of all of that food, I drove almost 850 miles for the week, too. But alas, AmEx doesn’t do frequent driver points.
And this week? A bit quieter, finishing with a dinner for seven people in Williamstown.
This really is fun.