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April 2007 Newsletter

In our March newsletter we asked help from our guests to determine what sort of cooking classes we should offer and the response was overwhelming. We're enthused about our upcoming classes and plan on tying the culinary classes with tours of local wineries, breweries, and herb gardens. Many emailed and sent some wonderful suggestions and ideas for our cooking classes. Here is a sample of some of the replies we received. Send us an email if you want to receive a special notice of our Fall class schedule.

I am thinking any kind of pasta would be great. Wine can add so much to enhance the flavor of sauces - this seems like a great idea. I anxiously await the news! Thanks  ~Rebecca

I think the cooking class idea is another great one..... a perfect fit with the kind of client you are getting out there.....  ~Dan

Cooking classes sound great! I predict they will be popular among your guests.   ~Cory


What price wine should you use
when cooking?

I would like to know how to make tasty elegant dishes without all the unusual spices normal recipes call for. Also what to season vegetable with, so you don't just have boiled vegetables, and not just the plain old Mrs. Dash. Desserts that sit light on the stomach. And one dish I love but have to clue how to make is blackened fish.  ~Christi

We also both love cooking classes & have taken several together. This would be something we would enjoy. Our preferences: Couples classes, Outdoor grilling, Cooking on a smoker, Cooking with fresh herbs; cooking with wine, Anything seafood I'm seriously considering building a brick oven, so anything about that would be fun Thanks for asking & good luck with the project   ~Suzanne

"...we will be staying for our 1 year anniversary in the beginning of October and would like to learn to cook chicken or beef with wine and any types of potato dishes with different ways to make various vegetables and a nice desert. We would love to do that when we stay this fall...." ~Curtis and Laura


Last-Minute Recipe Substitutions that will keep you Kool

I would be particularly interested in holiday cooking, such as Thanksgiving & Christmas. Recipes that don't have alot of unusual ingredients that you wouldn't normally keep in your kitchen. We are retired, so anytime would be good for us, but I am sure you would have more people on weekends. We have not been a guest, but hope to one day soon...maybe this will get us there. My husband enjoys cooking also!  ~Esther

I prefer hands on classes. I've attended some in NYC and they were centered around a certain food (shrimp or fresh vegetables, etc). Would love baking, pastry and bread classes.   ~ Dana