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Friday, September 16, 2011

Sharing Great Food

I got this great sticker this week....I think it says it all! Why didn't I think of that? It pretty much sums up why I love my job.

This week I also attended a cooking class at the Buford Highway Farmers Market. If you haven't tried these classes, they're really informative and so affordable....the class cost $20 and you get a $10 gift card for the market. It's such a great value.

The class I took this week was with Chef Eric Cutillo from the Buckhead Life Group Restaurant Kyma. All the food was really terrific and the recipes are ones that I'm sure I'll use. One of my favorites was the Herb Seared Tuna with Quinoa Salad.

I'm sharing below the Quinoa recipe because it was so great. It was served with seared tuna (fabulous!) but it would make a tasty and healthy side dish to include in almost any meal.

2 cups quinoa, cooked
1 tsp preserved lemon, diced fine
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
1/4 cup tomato petal, diced fine
1/4 cup scallion, sliced thin
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/8 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
salt/white pepper

Combine all ingredients, adjusting salt, pepper and lemon seasoning as needed. Enjoy!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Summer Parties, Beach Time

I've been quite busy this summer cooking for regular clients and I've also had several parties and bridal showers. Recently, I was hired to prepare food for a 50th birthday party. The client wanted an old-fashioned cookout, so the menu included potato salad, hot dogs, hamburgers, and some extras.

I made this platter of fruit skewers....this is always a hit, especially with kids. It was great for the hot summer day.

I also grilled two kinds of chicken, tequila lime chicken and barbecued wings. They were both good. And, hot dogs and hamburgers and trays that included all the toppings necessary for both.

Tomorrow we're driving to North Carolina for a friend's wedding and Sunday I'm headed to the beach for a much-needed week of doing nothing.....nothing but reading, knitting, eating fresh seafood, and walking on the beach!