Dispensing Happiness

A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.-Elsa Schiapirelli

That's me, the magical good cook.

Borrowing from my friend Dexygus, I've created my own food blog.

Read of my exploits in the kitchen! Salivate over the descriptions of fabulous desserts and savory meals I've concocted!

No, seriously...go ahead. It'll make my day.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

It's almost worth the airfare


Oh, sure...I'm no where near a Sur La Table these days, and that's when they finally bring in someone I'd love to meet! (as opposed to say, Rachel Ray)

Known as the 'Indian Julia Child,' Julie Sahni is a leading expert on Indian cooking. A native-born Indian now living in New York, she is the author of Classic Indian Cooking and the chef/proprietor of her own cooking school. Don't miss the opportunity to learn from Julie at select locations throughout September.

Portland, OR (Brewery Blocks) - Sept. 7
Kirkland, WA - Sept. 9
Arlington, VA - Sept. 14
Richmond, VA - Sept. 21
Los Angeles, CA (Farmers Market) - Sept. 28
Newport Beach, CA - Sept. 29

Sur La Table has worked closely with Julie Sahni to develop the following series of Indian cooking classes for September. We've been fortunate to have her as a culinary advisor - Julie's been able to handpick an array of top Indian chefs, restaurateurs, and cookbook authors to teach at our culinary programs across the country. Sign up now for a single class or the entire series and discover the flavors of India.

Understanding Indian Spices
September 7 6:30 PM $65
Whole or ground, toasted or fresh, spices such as turmeric, coriander and cumin are the soul of Indian cooking. Learn how to use the essential spices and herbs to maximum effect as you infuse oil, make a masala (spice mix) and discover the proper way to introduce spices into curries and other Indian dishes.

Indian Breads, Chutneys and Condiments
September 9 10:30 AM $65
Without the right accompaniments Indian cuisine isn't quite complete. Learn how to make Indian meals everything they should be as you create fresh and cooked chutneys, leavened and unleavened breads and a host of exotic condiments that allow guests to match their personal tastes. Plus, get savvy tips on which type of condiments-sweet, spicy, bitter, salty, astringent or sour-will properly balance an array of Indian dishes.

Exploring the Food of Northern India
September 14 6:30 PM $65
Northern Indian cuisine, with its distinctive breads, pilafs, dals, curries and paneers, is the regional cuisine most familiar to western palates. Learn to make these staple dishes, plus tandoori, the northern Indian specialty famous the world over in this informative hands-on class.

All About Curries
September 21 6:30 PM $65
Varying widely from region to region, Indian curries are complex creations. However, with a few simple techniques these delicious concoctions are more manageable than you might think. Learn how to get a curry started with the masala (spice mix), then work your way through essential spices as you learn to infuse oil, stir-fry the main ingredients and perform the exciting balancing act of tastes and textures that is an Indian curry.

Healthy Vegetarian
September 28 6:30 PM $65
Predominantly Hindu, and therefore vegetarian, India is home to some of the most tantalizing vegetarian cuisine in the world. Enlivened by a veritable apothecary of spices, Indian meals are a delicate balance of taste, temperature, texture and color, with items served in a specific way to satisfy the diner's senses-and optimize health. Based on Ayurveda, one of the oldest forms of health care in the world, Indians also utilize food to enhance health and alleviate ailment. Join us for this special class and learn how to add an exotic, healthy twist to your vegetarian repertoire.

Cooking with Friends: Indian Dinner Party
September 29 6:30 PM $65
Enjoy a fun, informal Indian dinner party with your friends and other food-curious folks. If you've taken a few of the other Flavors of India classes, this will be the culmination of the things you've learned and the skills you've acquired. If this is your first, you'll get a great introduction to Indian cuisine, plus pick up new techniques and valuable tips from a talented chef. When the cooking's complete, everyone will share a delicious multi-course Indian meal together.

To find the culinary program nearest you-along with additional classes, descriptions, menus and registration-go to surlatable.com/cooking.

9 Thoughts for food:

At 12:06 PM, Anonymous Katherine C. said...

I got this email too, and was disappointed to find that the only event planned for Calif is in LA! And we have at least 3 Sur La Tables in the SF Bay Area...:(

At 12:14 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

I know!

I'm trying to remember which one we went to, but to not cover the Bay area?

Makes no sense to me.

I suppose I could drive to Richmond, but I don't want to see her that badly!

At 2:09 PM, Blogger Sara said...

Wow, wouldn't that be something. The classes sound so great.

At 6:14 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Oh, Sara...I wish I lived closer to one of those locations; just think about how fun it could be!

At 6:15 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Wait...Katherine, is that you??? How's Maggie?

At 7:36 PM, Anonymous peabody said...

I have to work every night she has a class. :( But at least I do have a Sur La Table.

At 7:45 PM, Anonymous Katherine C. said...

yes, it is me, finally unlurking on your blog, though I have enjoyed it for many months! Don't know if Matt shared any of my recent email comments with you...

Maggie is just fine, I was a little worried as she was overtired on Monday (from the camping trip we took last weekend on the Sonoma Coast) but now she's back to her perky self and sparkling clean and soft from a bath yesterday! I know she'd love lying about with your furry trio...

At 8:14 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Oh, sure, Peabody...rub it in!!!

Seriously, I adore Sur La Table; I can't alays afford the, but it doesn't cost a thing to look at their catalogs!

At 8:15 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Katherine!!! HI!

So good to hear from you...Matt told me about the cinnamon rolls, at least.

Aw...sweet Maggie. I think she'd enjoy hanging with Wicklow and Donegal, but she'd probably be as annoyed with Doolin as they are!


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