You can pay $10.00 for a video class on chocolate tasting. Our class was ready to start, so all I could do was to photograph these beautiful confections. The bottom right photo is the Viking Class, where you can come and take a hands on class. Ready to take this class, folks?
The mis en place is ready for the demo...
Hello, Summer! This would look even prettier if I had some yellow or orange heirloom tomatoes!
If you can find purple basil (or grow it, yourself) it's delicious! I'm going to make a purple pesto with the leftover basil and pine nuts-- just like the CIA Chef suggested!
VERDICT: The recipe tasted just like the small sample we received at the Culinary Institute. I loved the crunch of the toasted pine nuts and barley. Who doesn't love sun-ripened tomatoes? I loved the perfect balance of lemon with just a very light coating of olive oil. I ate three bowls of this salad, without one single ounce of guilt. This would make a pretty side dish at a barbecue or any kind of potluck. I agree, as the chef said, that this salad should be served and eaten within an hour of making this. Otherwise, I think the barley and pine nuts would begin to lose that crunch-- which is what I loved about the texture of this salad.
Walking fairly fast, with no flash and scattered natural lighting, I took a few snapshots of the Culinary Institute of America's training kitchen. It's huge! How about that stockpot?!
Wouldn't I love to play in the baking area-- which is equally huge! However, it's really hot in there. I was wilting...the outside temps were 99degrees. The kitchen doesn't have air-conditioning, which makes sense. I noticed that the kitchen are was very clean and organized. Thanks for joining me on a tour of the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, CA. Someday, I dream of being sponsored to participate in some kind of culinary adventure. I'd be there, no matter what! I love this place!
Today is our last official day of vacation. We're headed off on another road trip and will return some time this evening. I have lots of recipes to blog, but I need to make the time. I'll be back. Soon. I promise!
Thanks for visiting with me!