Stirring Things Up at Sur La Table

While I freely admit to us “Noshers” being champion eaters, I can also say that we both enjoy being behind the stove almost as much as being at the table.  We both enjoy cooking and baking and love the chance to work in the kitchen together. So this Friday we headed out to celebrate Jenn’s birthday with a cooking class at Sur La Table.  Upon arrival, we looked around and noticed that we were the only non male/female team in attendance.  Perhaps that was due to the fact that there was a big chalkboard advertising that this was a “Date-Night” class. Errr….how did I miss that when I registered?  Luckily, my friend Kerri had clued us in to the fact that you were allowed to bring your own wine!  So we uncorked, poured, and drank until any awkwardness disappeared.

The kitchen space behind the retail store is really nice.  Everything is brand new and high-end. There’s even a camera and two large video screens over the chef’s station, so you can watch everything he’s doing.  Four magical creatures (also known as kitchen assistants) had prepped our stations and even done all of our mise en place in advance, so all we had to do was listen to Chef Adam, follow his directions… and drink our wine.  As each recipe was completed the kitchen assistants swooped in, whisked away dirty dishes, and replaced them with anything we needed to complete the next dish.  If only that could happen when we were at home…

First we made a delicious vinaigrette with Dijon mustard, champagne vinegar, and fresh tarragon. We used this to dress a Frisse, Roquefort, and Toasted Walnut salad.



We rolled out a sweet pastry crust and made a Strawberry and Rhubarb Tart.




Potatoes were cut and prepared for roasting.


 The highlight for us was the Mushroom-Cognac sauce that we made for the pan-fried ribeye steaks. It was easy, quick, and absolutely delicious!


Chef Adam was fun, informative, and kept things moving at a lively pace throughout the evening.  It was the type of experience that both kitchen newbies and seasoned home cooks could enjoy, and I’m happy to report that both Jenn and I picked up a few tips that we will definitely use.  We thoroughly enjoyed the cooking… and, of course, eating the meal that we had prepared.

On a side note…they give you a coupon for 10% off of anything you purchase in the store, however, you can’t use it on the kitchen assistants!

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