Saturday, November 9, 2013

NaBloPoMo Day 7 - Date Night

Okay, I admittedly think it's kind of annoying when married couples go out to dinner together or do something fun together and call it "date night." You're with each other all the time, you have tons of meals together, why is one a date night and one isn't? Because you shaved your legs? Probably, actually.

Moving on.

Mike and I decided since we are currently (and probably going to be forever??) baby-less, that we should go on more dates. Basically, we need to get out of the damn house more. So we signed up for a cooking class at this local catering company/kitchen store that we love so much and they sell that most amazing $8 bloody mary mix holy man that stuff is good - Quality Street Catering.

We took the Brunch Menu class taught by the chef at our favorite local restaurant, CD Cafe. I was admittedly pleasantly surprised to find out that we weren't going to actually cook anything. We were given copies of the recipes and watched the chef prepare and explain everything while we drank wine and joked the whole time. And then we got to eat what he prepared. I mean, that's my kind of class!

Here's what he made:

Southern Maryland Style Eggs Benedict with Lump Crab, Ham & Old Bay Hollandaise
Okay, so the presentation on this one is ugly, but it was delicious. I have only made hollandaise once and I followed a recipe that used a blender and it ended up cold and messy and I hated making it. He made his the old school way and it was delicious and oh man why am I always so impressed watching people poach eggs?!

Fresh Strawberry Shortcake & Chantilly Cream
I am making this chantilly cream and I am putting it on everything.

Poached Salmon with Lemon Caper Aioli
This was by far the best dish of the night. Why have I never poached fish? Yum yum yummer face, this was good.

Bacon Potato Casserole
So he thickened up the casserole with a roux and it made it even richer and just damn yummy. I honestly didn't know you could put a roux in a casserole.  Is that sad?

Spicy Sausage Fritatta
Okay, ugly presentation again, tasty ass fritattta.  Just effing tasty.  The end.

If you live in my area, definitely sign up for one of their cooking classes! It's fun, tasty, and booozy. Which really is the best kind of class, right?
Also, if anyone wants recipes, just let me know and I'll send them your way!


  1. Val, I would love those recipes. They sound delicious!

  2. That sounds like fun! And you went away with recipes to make together for more fun meals. Great idea!