Saturday, February 5, 2011

Another Great Class at Viking Cooking School

It was a marathon class but so much fun!   The class is called The One-Day French Culinary Basics that includes the preparation of:
Savory Cheese Soufflé
Béchamel Sauce
Seafood Crêpes
Bouquet Garni
Beef Bourguignon
Classic French Bread
Plain Short Pastry
Tarte Tatin

Last weekend was particularly beautiful so it was especially hard to go through with an indoor activity but once the class got started there was no time to think about any place besides the kitchen. 
My cooking teammates were Emily and Steve, a dad and daughter who enjoy cooking together and they were so much fun to work with.  

Since taking the class, I've made french loaves once and my husband's made them twice!  Nothing beats a delicious crusty loaf of bread, fresh from the oven.  
 I loved preparing the beef bourguignon, seafood crepes (I love crepes!), 
 and the tarte tartin 
but my favorite was the cheese souffle.  
It was so beautiful to see the beautiful puffed souffles coming out of the oven.  

After a day of cooking,  we all sat down to enjoy a wonderful meal.  Of course I got home and my husband asked, "so, what's for dinner?"  


  1. What fun you are having with this class! The food looks great!

  2. That was one delicious food-filled day! I would love to take a class. As a former cooking instructor, I can't imagine accomplishing that much in one day but I'd sure love to try.

    What was for dinner?


  3. What a great thing to do! I'd love to learn to make a real baguette...and crepes...well, my mouth is watering.

  4. Wow, Cheryl! That was a marathon! and all of my favs in one meal...yummy! Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbie

  5. Oh my...those dishes look so delicious. You are one fun gal, always doing adventurous things!

  6. This menu has many of our favorites. Looks delicious and sounds like a fun day. Beautiful pics! ~ Sarah

  7. What time should I be there for dinner? I would love the cheese recipe.

  8. What a wonderful cooking school! It looks like everything you made was delicious.

  9. OMG, this all looks SO GOOD! I have never mastered baking bread...Hmmmm, I MUST put that on my list of "MUST ACHIEVE"... My Mom and Grandmother were masters of it, SO Somewhere IN there I must have the gene, hehe!
    Thank you so much for sharing all these goodies.
    Have a wonderful day,

  10. Haha! You crack me up! I used to get this question too on a daily basis. This class sounds like a lot of fun!

  11. Is there any chance you could post the recipe for those gorgeous souffles? I'm new to your blog and just blown away by the content and quality of the food and recipes you feature here. I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

  12. What a wonderful dishes you learned to cook! Everything came out so professionally. It's too bad you can't take them all home for dinner.

    Are you allowed share some of the recipes? I want them all :)

  13. Hi...Oh how did we miss this class!!...I am going with my neighbor on March 7th. to the macaron/whoopie pie class....As daughter pointed out "Why did they have to dumb down the class by adding whoppie pies"...I think she has a point...This class sounded fabulous...I guess we'll be taking this in the near future...

  14. So much fun! Making memories and delicious meals too. Hugs!

  15. What a delicious day you had! And HOW do you stay so slim? i am jealous, I think.

  16. That looks like fun! That souffle is outstanding, Jo JO!

  17. Mmmm I am getting hungry!!! Have a nice day, Anita Camilla

  18. Jojo I realy miss cooking clases. the dishes you are preparing look so delish!

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  19. You are going to be the best chef ever! Looks like fun.
    They say snow tonight so stay warm and lets hope it melts before Valentine's Day!

  20. wow!!!! i wanted to reach into the screen and take a bite of everything!

  21. I would love to take a course like this! What fun you are having.

  22. I would love to take a course like this! What fun you are having.