Summertime… always a whirlwind at our cooking headquarters! Camps and classes and new projects… Take a look at some of the highlights:
Junior Iron Chef: knife skills! Junior Iron Chef: protein class!
Chopped: Around the World! Sushi, pasta, kebabs… French Onion soup and baguettes…
And the grand finale: Cupcake battle!!!
Kudos to all my amazing young chefs that give so much energy and inspiration! Favorite recipe? Drum roll please:
BETTER THAN PF CHANG’S LETTUCE WRAPS!
For protein (chicken or tofu):
- 1 LB. chicken breast, cut into finger-sized pieces OR
- 10 oz extra firm tofu, drained, patted dry, and sliced into finger-sized pieces
- 3 TBS soy sauce
- 1 TBS lime juice
For dipping sauce:
- ½ cup coconut milk
- 2 TBS soy sauce
- 1 TBS oil
- 1 tsp lime juice
- 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
For the lettuce wraps:
- 20 large lettuce leaves (iceberg or Boston),
- 1 cup raw vegetables, grated or julienne (carrots, mushrooms, zucchini, jicama,etc)
- 1 bunch fresh cilantro
In a small mixing bowl, whisk together all ingredients for the dipping sauce. Set aside until ready to serve. Place protein “fingers” on a plate in a single layer, and season with soy sauce and acid. Let in marinate for at least 15 minutes. Grill on a hot oiled skillet or electric griddle, 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Transfer back to a plate. To assemble the lettuce wraps, place one piece of protein, some vegetables and a sprig of cilantro cross-wise at the leafy end of a lettuce leaf. Fold sides of lettuce in, and roll down toward the crunchy end of the leaf. Serve with dipping sauce in small individual bowls for double dipping.
AND NOW… WHAT’S NEXT?
We are kicking off our Fall schedule with a HUGE BANG!
FALL ENRICHMENT: LET’S OPEN A RESTAURANT: CALIFORNIA STYLE! Del Mar Union Classes are almost all at full capacity… A few spots open at Ashley Falls and Sage Canyon only! Hurry up – you can still get in! Check with your school’s front office.
WHOLE FOODS CLASSES: Come help me raise money for the Whole Kids Foundation at WF Hillcrest on Saturday, September 19th at 11 am! It’s going to be a deliciously fun time – as always! RSVP: email@example.com
And some AMAZING NEWS!!! As I jump into my new position as Adjunct Faculty at Bastyr University California, we will be hosting a series of healthy adult cooking classes! You have to check this teaching kitchen out!!! More info to come…
Check me out during the last open house in July! Menu: Zucchini noodles with raw arugula pesto, quick pickled lemons and nasturtiums filled with goat cheese and honey…
With much love and gratitude…
See ya in the kitchen!