Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Chef's Kitchen

When in Williamsburg, VA, you must visit A Chef's Kitchen.  We recently enjoyed another visit there and were again rewarded.  The Chef, with an impressive resume, was inspired by the success of early cooking shows, and launched this business.  It is a cooking class, gourmet meal, wine tasting and dining experience all wrapped up in one.  Best of all (hard to choose that!) is the small, intimate atmosphere where you really feel like you are part of the "show". 

Starting with champagne and appetizers, on to a soup and salad, a seafood course, entrees of beef tenderloin and truffle stuffed quail (currently) and finally dessert, with wine pairings throughout, you leave completely satisfied.  All of this is prepared right in front of you, recipes are provided and shopping and cooking tips are offered throughout.  I say "currently" as the menu changes monthly.

Wines, both red and white, are international and are offered for sale at under $10 a bottle.  That's right, professionally sourced wines at under $10 a bottle.

Check out the reviews on Trip Advisor - it's a top destination in Williamsburg.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hot Topics-Winter Reading List

I didn't quite get through Food Tank's Fall Reading List and here we have their Winter Reading List.  It's a great time of year for reading however-too cold to garden, comforting to curl up with a quilt and a book, and reading is very budget friendly, as all those holiday bills are arriving.

Food Tank offers provocative recommended reads for foodies, farmers, and fact seekers-similar to the mission of this blog.  Beyond cookbooks, there is also history and motivation.  There are soul satisfying suggestions.

Next to my comfy chair is Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking.  No, I don't intend to try many of the recipes, but I read cookbooks for inspiration and ideas.  Her attention to detail in explaining things is both basic and overwhelming at the same time.  But I do love to read and write about food.

I also picked up An Omelette and a Glass of Wine by Elizabeth David at a thrift shop, reading about the French countryside, markets, and recipes.  It was like a mini trip to France each time I sat down to read.

Check the reading list for a topic of interest to you or for a new,unknown topic which might become of interest to you.  Be enriched.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

WHOLE-istic Eating-It Starts in the Grocery Store

Shop smart, eat smart.  If you don't buy it, you won't eat it.  Parents decide what to eat, kids decide how much to eat.  Healthy cart, healthy heart.  All these expressions point to the basic advice that healthy or whole-istic eating as the author calls it, starts with buying healthy, whole foods.

Read more here.  This Health Journal article contains great advice to stay on track with those resolutions you made just a few weeks ago.