Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Men's Night Out Cooking Class

Dine-In Diva's kitchen has officially been broken in for cooking classes.

My first class, Men's Night Out - Side Dishes, featured four men eager to learn something to serve in addition to their grilled meats.

Here they are enjoying the fruits of their labors.

I set up stations for each dish and we worked our way through them. We made grilled corn in the husk and topped it with a smoked paprika butter, a squeeze of fresh lime and a shaving of Manchego cheese.

Going with the 'everything is better with bacon' theory, we also did a coleslaw with a warm bacon dressing. So, warning to the wives: they know how to operate a food processor now, don't let them kid you. We also pan-fried some red skin potato wedges in pancetta fat, then finished with garlic and fresh rosemary.

We also made Fine Cooking's Roasted Green Beans with Garlic, Lemon and Pine Nuts, a recipe I truly adore.

I marinated a nice flank steak in some Moroccan spices which they grilled, then I showed them the proper way to carve the flank steak.

I also showed them some basic knife skills, how to chiffonade with fresh basil, how to peel and chop a shallot and how to deglaze a pan to get the good bits of flavor out and on the plate.

I'm waiting on a report back when they decide to surprise their wives with their new cooking knowledge.

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