Mastering the art of French cuisine

Well, not quite, but this is a start!  For Christmas this year I mainly asked for items for my kitchen…what I grown up I am…well, I also asked for an outrageously overpriced Michele watch, but who’s keeping track?  Actually, I hope my husband is, but that is beside the point.  Several loved ones gave me Sur la Table gift cards so I could pick out some new things for my kitchen, and needless to say, I was thrilled.  I had been dying to take a cooking class at the Pentagon Row location for months, and now this gave me the perfect opportunity to sign up AND strong arm Matt into going with me!

Over a month ago, I signed us up for the Favorites of Northern France class.  Though I would say I’m well on my way to mastering the art of Italian cooking, my skills in the art of French cuisine are surely lacking.  So when I almost started drooling while reading the menu of mussels poached in white wine, duck breast with wild mushroom sauce, camembert mashed potatoes and apple tart tatin…I knew I was destined to take this cooking class.  The class surely did not disappoint; the instruction was fantastic (French chef and all), the prep work and clean up was done for us (heaven!) and the food was delicious to boot.  Overall a fantastic experience.  Here is a little photo story of our experience…

cooking station - complete with menus, apron, cutting board and fabulous knife

mussels poached in white wine with fennel, leeks and garlic

pre-measured ingredients for the seared duck breast

ingredients for the mashed potatoes - the camembert cheese and cream made these like a little slice of heaven

we served the duck along side the mashed potatoes with heaps of the red wine and mushroom sauce and accompanied by a light mixed green salad

I made caramel for the first time!  It was super exciting!

delicious dessert - caramelized apple tart tatin with calvados cream

happy cooks in our aprons!

I highly recommend taking a class at any of the Sur la Table kitchens, we had a blast!  I will blog about each of the dishes and share the recipes as I tackle them in my kitchen over the next several months, so stay tuned!

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One Comment

  1. Karen Burns
    Posted April 4, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Well, never a dull moment with the Rendulics! What fun for the both of you, learning some new French recipes together….You know… you have to do these kind of things now because once “Little Rendulics” start entering the picture you will not have as much time for these great moments together. 🙂 K.K.

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