I’m teaching my friend Tess how to cook. Care to join us?

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Cooking Lessons with Tess | 0 comments

I’m teaching my friend Tess how to cook. Care to join us?

Tess is my goddaughter and one of my dearest friends and favorite people in the whole world. I’ve known her literally since the moment she was born.

Tess just got married last September (I’m proud to say her wedding day was on my birthday!) and she is very busy with her new job as an education and employment manager in a social work agency. She’s been so focused on college and graduate school and work and her new marriage that she hasn’t had time to really learn to cook. So she’s turned to me for help.

I guess she figures I know a thing or two having studied at the Culinary Institute of America in New York and been a professional chef for nearly two decades. There’s one small problem. Tess lives in Oakland, California.

No problem. Via power of the Internet, specifically, a blog on my website, I’ll be teaching Tess how to cook. And you are more than welcome to join the fun.

Each month we’ll explore a key aspect of cooking and a recipe to test your new skills.¬† The learning process includes an e-mail to Tess to broach the topic and ends with Tess celebrating with photos or video of her new husband and herself enjoying the new meal and expanded cooking skills.

Here’s the “syllabus” for Tess’ first lesson:

  • Knife skills
  • Sweating Vegetables
  • Let’s Talk about Oil and Vinegar
  • Recipes:
    • Onion Soup with Crouton
    • Vegetable Soup
    • ¬†Straciatella
    • Salad with vinaigrette

The plan is for there to be a year’s worth of lessons for Tess. The beauty of it being that if you miss a lesson or two, you can just revisit the lesson in the archives of my blog.

I know Tess is raring to go. Hope that you can join us, too.

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