Friday, August 21, 2009

Viking Cooking School & *Benihana Wanna Be...

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Friday was Fresh Farm to Table class at the Viking School in Atlanta. This class was shared with some fun area bloggers. Our class was guided by an easy going chef Donna who hopefully will be the next food network star. In our groups eyes Donna is already a shining star as a teacher, chef, and a genuinely nice person. Honestly, Donna is so worth standing in line for a cookbook signing in the future.



Our lesson included using fresh locally grown produce to help with the carbon footprint on our environment. We were taught the proper way to hold and sharpen a knife. When asked what knives I own I had no idea. I just remembered that they had a little man on them. A Henkles knife man to be exact.

While we were all cutting the fruits and veggies I was making the teacher a bit nervous by waving that big knife around in my hand while talking to Sue of Rue-Mouffetard.bogspot. Sue was talking and waving her knife right back at me. New York & New Jersey Italian gals are just raised to talk with their hands. Good thing we agreed on how to make our puff pastry tart!

Rustic Vegetable Tart with heirloom tomatoes, basil and goat cheese.

The best part of the class was to sample all the delicious flavors of the food our group made. For more photos of foods and participants please head on over and visit Sue HERE. I guarantee that you will enjoy Sue's blog and make sure you scroll back to her Lamb post. Sue has some incredible stories and a great sense of humor.

Thank you Sue for the adorable apron and also for the delicious box of cookies.

*Since my knife skills are not the best I guess my dream of working at Benihana is not going to happen any time soon. I guess I should not quit my day job as the the knife thrower at the Big Apple Circus!

Mangia!



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31 comments:

  1. Hi Joyce,
    How I wish I can join you there. Hope can share your recipes:D

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  2. That looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing the news with us.

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  3. What fun you had! And that tart looks delicious! I have heirloom tomatoes in the garden; I've never grown them before but a friend gave me plants so I'm looking forward to trying them. You will have to do a demonstration of the recipe on your blog soon!

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  4. My son and I took a sushi class at Viking...I continue to purchase it or eat it at restarurants instead, but it was a fun thing to do with my son :) Looks as if you had a great time and may use your knowledge more!

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  5. I would have loved to have joined you in this class, it looks like a lot of fun. I, for one, could use a lesson on how to sharpen my knives properly. Your tart looks yummy! ~ Robyn

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  6. It certainly was a fun day....and I'm still shocked that the staff didn't escort us out of the building....I have made three tarts in two days...I need to stop now or the weight will show up again...back to salad...thanks again for that adorable 4 in 1 measuring spoon...very cool...

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  7. Oh I should have had lunch before I read this .. now I am drooling on my keyboard

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  8. I know how to yield a knife but to make a crust for a tart is way beyond my capabilities.
    It looks delish.

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  9. I have always wanted to take a cooking class. I need to buck up and just sign up!

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  10. What a blast! I want to go to one of these!

    Yum! What a terrific tart! Zippy!

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  11. Hi Joyce...

    Just wanted to stop by after reading the sweet note that you left for me on my "Celebration Giveaway"...thank you so much for coming by and thank you for the birthday and blog well wishes!!! Also...my friend, I would really like to thank you for following Happy To Design...I sure do appreciate it!!! I've sure enjoyed getting to know you and I love all of the mmmmm...yummies...that you're always cooking up! Hehe! Speaking of which...that Rustic Vegetable Tart that you and Sue made looks scrumptious...mmmm, I could almost smell it!!! It looks like you had a fabulous time at the cooking school...I would enjoy that!!! Thank you for sharing a bit of your experience...

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari
    PS...wishing you the very best with my book giveaway!

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  12. From google, type in "ellijay apple festival" - which is in oct but it also gives phone no.'s for all the orchards. Jonagolds are usually ready in early sept.

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  13. That was pretty funny. I'm glad no one got hurt in class. The tart looks delicious. (And thanks for understanding my frazzled baby sitting days : ))

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  14. What fun! I'd love to do it too.

    Hugs!
    Kat

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  15. Now that looks like fun....and the tart is amazing...thank you for sharing!

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  16. What great fun! I would love to attend a cooking school one day. Looks like y'all made some delicious food!

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  17. I am so jealous. That looks like a blast.

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  18. Oh, I need to go to cooking school! My hubby would be so happy, since he can't eat the curtains or quilts that I make! What fun to go with blogging friends...such a treat! Happy week-end! Mary

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  19. looks great, I have never had heirloom tomatoes....

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  20. LOL, at NY & Jersey talking with their hands! So true! fuggedaboudit :)

    Sounds (and looks) like a great time! I've been to some Viking classes in NY, lot of fun, nice small cozy classes. and they have cocktails, too, in the ones I took! Your tart looks fantastic!

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  21. This looks like a great time. That tart looks so delicious. I suppose they did not serve wine with all of these knives flying about.

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  22. The class sounds like a lot of fun... Have a great week Julie

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  23. The Rustic Vegetable Tart looks delicous. It almost looks like lasagna. Yum. I'm still kind of new to your blog. I didn't know you were in cooking school. How exciting!

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  24. Ummm, what a fun thing this must have been. Would love to do that. Your tart looks so pretty and so so delicious.
    I read your comment over at Lilly's..looked up the brownie pan at WS and now..I have it on MY Most Wanted List, too.:O) So cool to have "CHOCOLATE" on the brownies. I love it!!
    hugs, bj

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  25. Thanks for stopping by and visiting me. Perhaps we can have lunch some day at Blue Willow. Happy to find a local blogger friend! Have a blessed day!

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  26. I would have loved to have been in that class. Sure wish we had something like that around my home. The tart looks great.

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  27. I saw this on Sue's..how funny!
    I bet it was fun!
    See how the NY area people seek each out each other? My best friend from college is from NJ, and the rivalry between states continues to this day, decades later...

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  28. yummy! I bet it would be so fun to take a formal cooking class :) It's only been in the last year or so that I've started cooking from scratch and have grown to love it!

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  29. What a wonderful experinece that must have been...don't mind telling you I'm pea green with envy LOL !

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  30. How fun! I've done a few cooking classes over the years and have really enjoyed them, but it's definitely more fun when you've got good friends there to share it with.

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