Just a Short Drive Away

I don’t claim to be much of a cook or even to enjoy it very much.  but it’s a necessary evil and one might as well make the best of it.  Dare I say – have some fun with it?
I do like a challenge though, so sometimes I like to try something new and interesting even if it’s in the kitchen.

My friend here in McCune, Elizabeth,  had a birthday on Thursday.  We both have cabin fever from staying in all winter so decided to celebrate by going somewhere ……… anywhere!  But where to go in McCune Kansas?
No where.

Elizabeth knew about a French cooking teacher in Eureka Springs Arkansas who was having some classes this weekend.

Elizabeth loves to cook and is very good at it.  HD would walk 100 miles to eat her cooking – any day of the week.

Me?  Well I’m always happy to do just about anything that takes me out of McCune. And after all – it WAS Elizabeth’s birthday.
The Hands-On class on Saturday was full but there were 2 openings on Friday for the demonstration class. We booked the date and on Friday I left the house at 6:30 AM to drive 3 hours to watch a cooking demonstration with Karen Gros, and then gobble up the goodies:

Mediterranean Crispy Lentil & Quinoa Salad
Beef Stroganoff with Shiitake Mushrooms over Buckwheat Kasha
Cherry Linzer Torte with a Sweet Almond Pastry Crust

Karen did a fabulous demo and the food was really delicious.  We met some very nice and friendly people and in general had a wonderful time.  She cooks with everyday pots and pans and dishes just like a normal person.  No fancy gadgets and paraphernalia that I don’t have and probably never will.

And just in case you think I spelled that word wrong……….I looked it up.  I always thought it was paraphenalia but it’s not.  ParapheRnalia is the correct word.  According to Merriam- Webster.

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Karen also introduced us to a local store where you can buy the MOST delicious, pure, and wholesome Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars.  Who knew there were so many ways to flavor olive oil and vinegar?!  Coconut vinegar anyone?  Oh yes!  It’s yummy.  How about lemon infused olive oil?  I could go on and on but I’m getting hungry just thinking about all the lovely possibilities.
Hey!  I didn’t say I didn’t like Eating!

If you would like to meet Karen and see some of her recipes, you can see her here.  www.cuisinekaren.com   How would you like to go on a cooking trip to France?  Maybe cooking could be fun after all.    Hhhhhmmmmm

It was an all around cooking day.  I had made an apron for Elizabeth’s birthday gift, so she’s all set to try the Stroganoff at home.  Or better yet – the Torte!
I’m ready with the coffee E!

DSCN2201 DSCN2200And now – back to the paint brushes and the 12 Days of Christmas!


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8 Responses to Just a Short Drive Away

  1. Pam Murphy says:

    You are a woman of many talents ~ Just never pictured you taking a cooking class but not totally surprised . Great apron ~ Pam

  2. LINDA DUFF says:

    Locoks like you both had a great time at the cooking class. My daughter use to take my grandson Josh, who is now 19 and a Marine, but they both use to go to cooking classes together. It impressed Josh so much for a while when he was still in high school he worked for the couple who use to teach the classes. Great job on the apron!

  3. Patty says:

    As I sit here on the computer reading your blog, My HD is in the kitchen cooking a Corned Beef for dinner tonight, and Homemade Spaghetti Sauce for Dinner tomorrow I love that HD cooks so I can do all the things we love. By the way I love the apron, multi talented friend O’ Mine. Makes me want to pull the old sewing machine out…..hmmmm.

  4. Dinky Davis says:

    Looks like you and Elizabeth had a wonderful time and the apron is sooooo cute.
    You are so talented and it’s fun to spend time with good friends and good food.
    The sun is out in Yamhill today so far, you have a great day.

  5. Connie. Lanagan says:

    Ronnie the apron is wonderful and must be reversible too. Love, love it. You are so talented. Good job and your friend looks like a friend of mine. Sounds like a fun thing to do and worth the drive.

  6. Gin Derk says:

    Cooking can be fun but when noone says thank you that was goood
    and leaves all the clean up to me it is no longer fun I would rather paint.

  7. chandra lucksho says:

    Thanks for the visit to the cooking class this morning. It was enjoyable. I love the reversable apron.

  8. Anita says:

    Love how the apron turned out. Glad you had a great experience! Who knew living in Kansas could taste so good?

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