Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Day 245: New Orleans Cooking Class

Yesterday, Mr. E and I and his family attended a cooking demonstration class at the New Orleans School of Cooking on St. Louis Street in the French Quarter, just four blocks from where we were staying at the Hotel Mazarin:

We had a wonderful instructor, Pat Hirsch, who gave us an entire culinary history lesson before she showed us how to make three typical New Orleans dishes -- brown gumbo, jambalaya with rice, and pralines -- in the demonstration kitchen classroom:

I knew ahead of time that I wouldn't be able to eat the main dishes, as they both included not only garlic and onions but also sausage (pig), so I planned ahead of time and swiped the makings of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on wheat bread from the breakfast offerings at the hotel in the morning.

The experience was fabulous, even if I couldn't sample the dishes, and Pat was an informative, engaging, and personable instructor.  We got copies of the recipes to bring home, so Mr. E and I may try to make our own versions of gumbo and jambalaya with modifications to accommodate my dietary needs.  Yum!


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