Sunday, September 27, 2009

Cooking Demo 101

So I recently gave my first official cooking demonstration in front of a group of about 20 women this past weekend. And what a blast it was!

Cooking Demo 1

I decided to do a sort of intro into being a vegaquarian, since that's usually what I get questions about when I mention that's the eating style I choose. I only had about 45 minutes and so I decided to do 2 separate preparations of tilapia, a mushroom barley salad, and then my Roasted Vegetables primer. The time absolutely flew by but amazingly enough, everything fit just perfectly in the allotted time.

I love public speaking for some crazy reason. When I had to take Communications 101 in college, I was probably one of the only students who loved getting up in front of the class and speaking. I think being a high school teacher for awhile really helped bring that comfort, as I'm a firm believer that if you can stand in front of a group of teenagers and speak, you can speak in front of anyone.

Cooking Demo 2

Anyway, it was fun and enjoyable and I hope for more opportunities to do this in the future. A huge thanks to my lovely mother, who was my willing assistant, passing out samples of the dishes and cleaning up my mess. And for those who weren't able to make it, here are the recipes I used:

*Wine Poached Tilapia with Tomatoes and Herbs
*Lemon Thyme Tilapia Packets
*Hearty Mushroom Barley Salad
*Roasted Vegetables 101

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

So where have I been?

Wow - it's been quiet around these parts over the past few weeks! Can you believe it's already the 8th of September? That just blows my mind - summer is on its way out and fall has officially arrived.

So why haven't I been posting? Well, I've got one good reason:

Gracie 1

This is my new baby, Gracie, who recently joined my household. She's a mini labradoodle and I adore her. She's almost 11 weeks old, and she's slowly coming to understand that not everything I do at the kitchen counter is for her pleasure. It's been interesting getting used to having a different schedule that doesn't revolve around me, but every step has been enjoyable.

Anyway, all that to say that I plan on returning soon, just as soon as Gracie gets a bit more settled in Casa de 28.

Happy Week!

Gracie 2