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Compressed culinary training... this is gonna be fun!

Monday, April 15, 2013

My son recently contacted me to let me know he was going to visit. Oh and by the way, would I teach him everything I knew about cooking in the week he'd be here?
I spent about 35 years in the food industry, graduated from culinary school and an apprenticeship with a major hotel after several years. Sure, I can compress all that into one week.

I created a pretty intense program for him based on what might be most applicable in his life, and touching on a few "impress the date" ideas. We hit the grocery and spent time selecting produce and ingredients for the next couple of days.

Last night was Spinach and Bacon Quiche with Caramelized onions, where he learned basic knife skills, importance of preheating the oven, how to caramelize and to squeeze all the water out of the spinach, as well as what cheeses he could have used and flavor combinations. He also made a salad with homemade classic vinaigrette, learning ratios, quality of ingredients and tasting before serving. It's funny how you can learn so much from just a couple of simple dishes.

To get him thinking, I created a list of basics he should know:

He's trying to lose weight, so I'm trying to keep everything as healthy as possible. Any thoughts?
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    Lovely! How fun...truly. What a wonderful way to spend a week. Your son is one lucky guy. Liam is always worried about "when he is big, how will he know when food is done" I guess "doneness"would be something important...but you probably already covered that one!

    Great job!
    1785 days ago
    hey there!!!! Try to incorporate as many dishes that concentrate mostly on fruits and veggies and less on pasta.....try to enlist whole grains like quinoa, brown rice, reg rice, and other whole grains..........and try to steer clear of the cream based sauces unles you can make them wheat-free and gluten-free..... have a great day dear
    1805 days ago
    You are the expert, 35 years, wow!

    1859 days ago
    Just made grilled cheese sandwiches for my son in law, he said dont put too much love do more hate! Then my daughter said every time she burns something for his meal she says it was made with LOVE. So after discarding the first two sandwiches I made his next to with HATE! He wolfed them right down and said thanks! emoticon
    1862 days ago
    as a mom of 3 girls, I never quite understood why boys eat so much and never gain weight emoticon
    Girls are pretty easy to teach because they love salads. I encouraged my girls to do more raw veggies & spinach smoothies ( and they love it). Somehow, I don't think a boy would go for that, right?
    1866 days ago
    What a blast I wish I was there to help! But only a week? Seriously ? Well I always tell people that simplicity and good ingredients make a fine meal,the knowledge is in how to combine things so I think you are well on your way .I know we are forever exchanging tips and recipes but we might be just a tad above his level yet ! (Though I suspect he has already loearned a lot by osmosis !)Have a fun week ,love & hugs,Cheri
    1867 days ago
    Suggestions? Ah heck, I'm coming to your house for lessons! I'm a basic farm girl style cook. I can whip up stew, throw dumplings in the pot and peel potatoes. I can make a really good moose roast. I can fry up fish at the lake over an open campfire. I have no idea what poaching fish is or carmalizing onions. lol! That's so cool you are not only teaching your son about cooking, you are also teaching him good dinners for dates. Oh yes, that is so wonderful! A man that can whip up a nice meal for his date, is a man who will have a 2nd date. :) Have fun!! :)
    1868 days ago
    Yeah, really? I'm with Pam, no sense trying to tell the cook how or what to cook! Have fun you two...and Roger gets to eat the lessons!
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    1868 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    It does sound like an interesting fun week. emoticon
    1868 days ago
  • AUNTB63
    First of all I love the idea of spending time in the kitchen with your son. I believe sticking to the basics (for now) is the way to go and your plan sounds like you are covering all the bases. When my son visits he takes over my kitchen as he loves to cook and experiment. He did not get his skills from me. He has worked in the food industry for many years and has learned along the way. There are times when our phone conversations are food based with him giving me tips. Enjoy your visit. I'm sure your son will appreciate all your knowledge of food prep. emoticon
    1868 days ago
    Sounds like you & your son will have a fun week. Enjoy every second. And I, for one, am not going to tell the cook how to cook!

    1868 days ago
    You and your son will rock the kitchen- your knowledge and enthusiasm for both of you!!!! Jeez, post the menus for the rest od us!!!!! emoticon

    I'll volunteer to taste test!
    1868 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/15/2013 8:17:40 AM
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