I find myself doing whatever I can to get through the tough Upstate NY winters. Sometimes I get a bit stir crazy and need to get out of the house so I signed up to take a cooking class at Susan's Cooking School. Dariusz, Susan's husband, is one of my coworkers at the museum. He and his wife used to own their own restaurant back in the day and I didn't get a chance to go there when they were open but if they were open now, I imagine it would be one of my favorite restaurants.
Joe and I enjoy cooking together, but usually Joe does the standards. You know the simple 5 meals that are easy to prepare and that we tend to have over and over. I'm usually the one to scout out a new recipe, something that takes a bit more time, something we can cook together and something that we can do on the weekend.
Last night's class was excellent. The menu: Chicken Pojarski (chicken cutlets with paprika sauce), buttery asparagus fillo rolls, homemade noodles, and chocolate dipped, heart shaped cookies. A perfect Valentine's meal. I always end up thinking, "This is the best thing I've ever had" and I get all starry eyed and envision myself making this perfect meal for Joe or even for guests. But then reality sets in quickly. It's not an easy meal to prepare. Susan made it look so easy - had all the ingredients already chopped and ready. Saving loads of time so in reality this meal would probably take an entire day. Nothing wrong with that, especially if you love to cook. Another obstacle. Having the right tools. So on my to-do list: Save cash for a Kitchen Aid mixer. And pasta attachments. Get a sifter. Find out if I can obtain Hungarian Paprika locally. Set 2 days aside so that I can chop and pre-prepare many many ingredients. Practice chopping up chicken that has bones in it. I've never done that before. Find out if I can make lbs and lbs of homemade noodles and possibly freeze them because the amount of time it takes *(although much much faster with the kitchen Aide mixer!) is quite extensive.
I took Susan's Pierogi class too. Same thing. Drunk on beautiful and delicious little pierogis, excited to sit down and make a bazillion. In reality, I have yet to do it. It's a two person gig, for sure, and I would have to make enough for an army so I could freeze them because I can't imagine doing a recipe like this more than say, once every six months. Just being honest! who has the time really? there is beading to be done!
A cool thing though, 2 of the girls in the class were close to my age, and when they found out I make jewelry, were excited to check out my site. Bad news is, I didn't have a single business card on me. Doesn't that ALWAYS happen. Geesh. I wrote the address down on slips of paper! Better than nothing I suppose!
Check out Susan's cooking blog,
When I got home the Jade Scott update was still happening. I tell ya, that Jade Scott is a power house and listed for hours and hours, 140 pendants. If you haven't experienced the Jade Scott update day phenomena, I'd say- you might be interested to see how it pans out. If you're lucky, you'll end up with a pendant or two. I was so excited to be able to snag a couple of beauties yesterday. I think the Sailboat might be my ultimate favorite.
You've gotta be quick on your feet though. This is NO game. It's cut throat. :)