Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Change of plan - French Bistro class instead of Entertaining

Plans changed this weekend, and instead of taking my scheduled Food Network cooking class on Entertaining, I'll be taking a different class later this month - French Bistro.


Paris Bistro
Saturday: March 28, May 9
10:00 - 2:00
Instructor: Chef Scott Millspaugh

Dreaming of Paris in the springtime? Join us as we journey through the celebrated fare of the 'City of Lights' with a classic menu inspired by the romantic neighborhood bistros of Paris. We'll show you how to bring the atmosphere of France into your home with our menu of Steamed Mussels in White Wine with Tarragon and Shallots, Bistro Bacon and Egg Salad, Leeks with Dijon Vinaigrette, Coq au Vin (Chicken in Red Wine), Steak Frites and our divine Chocolate Mousse. Your family and friends will take one bite and say ooh la la!

I've always been nervous about trying to make mussels, so I'm particularly excited to try my hand at that. Theoretically they sound easy, but not sure what cleaning them entails, so have been afraid to commit to the expense of buying them and potentially screwing it up!

Alas, the change in plans means, I'm still an entertaining-fraidy-cat, so I'll just have to suck it up and give it a try without the class as a crutch. I at least spent the weekend perusing old copies of Bon Appetit, so I've got a few ideas up my sleeve.

A few recipes that caught my eye:

Beef and dark beer chili (perfect for an easy, low key dinner)
Filet with gorgonzola sauce (how decadent and crazy delicious does that sound?!)
Bombay sliders with garlic curry sauce (fun twist on the usual summer staple)

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