Well I just got home from yet another successful Whole Foods cooking demo with my fave home-chef Jessee 🙂
Per usual, he went with a seasonal theme and focused on dishes that would fit the spring time of year!
A few things were a bit outta my “comfort zone” if you will, but leave it to Jessee to get me to try it and actually like it…
Plus who could ask for a better Tuesday with an evening like this 😉
Alright already, I’ll quit babbling and get to the food… sound good?! 😛
Grilled Onion, Asparagus & Tomato Salad
This refreshing salad featured not only green asparagus, but also it’s white counterpart – which I learned is just green asparagus that has piles of dirt mounded around it as it grows so that it never turns green. Interesting, no?
This salad featured a new to me dressing too, which was phenomenal!
The asparagus & onion were grilled/cooled, the tomato chopped and the vinaigrette added…
Voila! What could be easier? What an impressive salad to serve during the warm summer months, I loved it! 🙂
Here’s where we start getting out of the “Steph-zone”…
Goat Cheese Fiddlehead Fern & Morel Mushroom Quiche
Fanatic Momma and I just don’t dig goat cheese… not sure why, but really not my thing.
Howeverrrrrrrrr… I wasn’t passing up the opportunity to try a dish made with these lil’ beauties!
Ever tried a fiddlehead fern? How freakin’ cute is that?!?! 😛
Made into a lovely quiche with the morels, eggs, half/half and goat cheese…
I must say that I did enjoy this dish! I won’t say that I’m a goat cheese lovah or anything now, but mixed with these flavors it was pretty good.
Plus I really want to experiment with the fiddlehead ferns in my kitchen and hope they don’t cost an arm and a leg 🙂
Okay, so now here’s where we really get into “sticky” territory with ol’ Steph’s taste buds!
Mediterranean Lamb Stew
Now I’m not a huge meat junkie, and lamb is definitely something I never ate growing up. In fact, I’ve had it once. And hated it.
So this was going to be a “big kinda deal” for me, but I was trusting Jessee this time around!
Plus with a whole bottle of French wine could it really be that wrong 😉
This had been cooked for hours with herbs de provence, capers, garlic, sun dried tomatoes, red wine, olives…
And then served over a pine nut couscous
So what happened next?
Welllll, I ate all around the meat and devoured the sun dried tomatoes & olives in the lovely sauce, which was so freaking good along with the couscous… And then I finally took a bite of the lamb… duh duh duh duh!
I thought it was pretty darn good! Not something I’d cook regularly, however the flavoring was on point and it was as moist as moist can be.
Jessee, huge accomplishment with that one… for realz 😛
Then home-chef had a surprise for us “followers”!
Pound Cake w/ Mascarpone & Mixed Fruit
Plus it’s like my bff cream cheese’s Italian partner in crime, but on a whole ‘notha level! Booyah, cream cheese on steroids perhaps? 😉
This brand was fabulous, well from my “inexperienced mascarpone tastebuds” point of view at least 😛
Spread atop a slice of poundcake then topped with a mixture of strawberries, plum, blueberries & kiwi… ummm yea.
OUT. OF. CONTROL.
Want to impress a date/guests/yourself? Use mascarpone. And use it now 😛
What a fabulous night! Thanks to Jessee for all the delicious food & wonderful ideas… this guy knows his stuff & I never walk away from a cooking demo without taking something away 🙂
And guess what the next theme is going to be? Cinco de Mayo!!!! And we all know Cookinfanatic’s obsession with all things Mexican cuisine… (*squeal!*)
Well if you’ll excuse me now, I’ve got some American Idol to watch until Mr. Man gets home from basketball!
Hope you have a wonderful night friends, and see you tomorrow for humpday (hooray!) 🙂