Posts tagged ‘vinnette thompson’
My kids started school yesterday. Summer seemed especially short this year, if you ask me. I’m not sure I got my money’s worth. I sure like them being out of school. Not only does it mean we can stay up late and go out of town when we want, it means I don’t have to yank them out of bed in the morning. I’m proud to report we’ve been on time the last two days, though. If we can make it a week it will be a personal best. Anyhow – not too much longer and fall will begin officially. I know that’ll make fellow blogger Kristin happy. I like fall, too, with its pears and pretty colors. And that feeling of new beginnings left over from all those first days of school of my own.
We just finished up our Chef Showcase here at Living Light – the live part anyway. I was here for the last day and was able to go upstairs and watch Vinnette’s demo of her raw version of strawberry shortcake. It was so good – oh my stars! Super delicious! And – she added a tarragon and black pepper syrup that was fabulous and soon to be featured in my kitchen. If you want to catch this year’s show you can still order the on-line version which comes with a live teleconference with each chef. Cool, huh? I totally recommend you look into it if only for the recipe book so you can make that shortcake!
I love my Sweet William flowers. They are pink, crimson red, hot pink, and white with purple markings. I bring them to work for my desk and for our Marketing Director, Kristin Suratt, as well (I gave her a little friendship vase for her birthday in January and said I’d keep it in flowers through the year!) She mentioned the other day that Sweet William looks similar to carnations. I looked it up and sure enough, they are cousins. So I decided to have a carnation flower bed intermixed in my lavender garden. Wouldn’t that be lovely? Not to happen, however. My husband Archie said that lavender is drought tolerant and carnations need lots of water. Oh well – I will have two gardens!.
Speaking of two of a kind, Pastry Arts Unbaked 1 and 2 will be taught back to back this November. Pastry Arts 1 is taught throughout the year. This is where you learn to make Tiramisu and White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake, just to name a few sample recipes. Pastry Arts 2 is a recipe development class where you will learn how to make Hibiscus Cooler and other non-alcoholic beverages, along with a myriad of other desserts including fruit tarts, cakes, and candies to sweeten the pie. All I can say is Yum!
Seriously – you’re not going to believe this, but I missed the Hot Raw Chef voting – again. It seems impossible. I mean, I really, truly and in all honesty thought I had until the 12th, but it turns out I only had until the 9th which many of you probably knew because you read our literature including this blog. I mean, I’d watched and was all ready to vote. I thought I’d do it on the 10th – which still would have given me a couple days lee way, and that totally constitutes voting early in my world. Oh well. The winners have been announced and the contest was a whopping success. There were over forty entries and thousands of people actually voted. And you can still watch the videos – just for fun – like I did!
I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I just love it when Vinnette Thompson is here. That woman can create food. And – you can really taste the love she puts into each creation. We at Living Light are so lucky to have her. I’m a huge fan and you would be, too, given the opportunity to study under her in our advanced culinary classes. If you can’t come for a whole gourmet series, though – why not come for just a few classes. We have a little, short series beginning next month and it’s super discounted. So give me a call and I’ll tell you all about it.