While I do cook at home, writing and developing recipes there happens rarely since I do it full time at work. But I'd still like to share some of my recent published recipes here, hope you try them out!
The best part of developing a story / recipe is seeing it published with beautiful photos. Love the work our photographer Chris Rochelle did and I'm really happy with how these ice cream bars turned out.
Teaching people how to cook always amazes me because no two classes are ever the same: different menus, different ingredients, different tastes, different personalities, different skill levels, always interesting.
When people email me about what kind of classes I teach, I always respond that I teach whatever you want to cook and eat. Although I'm trained in classical French cuisine, my years as a recipe tester with both Cook's Illustrated and now with CHOW.com have given me the opportunity to explore all kinds of cuisines and recipes. The only thing people tend to forget is that these lessons have to be in San Francisco Bay Area, sorry Boston! (not unless you'd like to foot the bill for me to travel to where you are!)
Here are some menus from a few recent private cooking classes in people's homes, they were yummy and fun!
Braised Pork Chops and Fennel sweet onions, vermouth, crème fraîche, lemon, served with baguette
Sautéed Green Beans and Bacon shallots, parsley vinaigrette
Dark Chocolate Ganache Tart brandied whipped cream
Asparagus à la Vinaigrette lemon zest, toasted almonds, garlic
Been here at CHOW.com for over a year and thought I had gone through some fairly elaborate photo shoots until now. It was only 5 photographs, but involved a group of 5 people who cooked, styled, shopped, propped, photographed, retouched, reimaged, and more for a week!
One of the funnest parts was looking the food culture in the '60s and '70s and seeing if we could update or reinvent them while keeping the spirit of the dish, things like a glazed ham, soft dinner rolls, and casseroles. While a jello mold was not involved, there was definite discussion about it.