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On Friday we had a much anticipated cooking party with our friend and chef, Josh. We’ve been wanting to work on our knife skills, and Josh was just the man to teach us. We did not, however, just waste the fruits of our cutting, chopping, mincing, and dicing – instead, we also created an ambitious and delicious meal.

Josh prepared the following menu:
  • Bread with Roasted Garlic, Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar
  • Caesar Salad with Homemade Dressing
  • Gnocchi with a Basil Pesto
  • Gnocchi with a Mushroom Gorgonzola Sauce
  • Polenta with a Marinara Sauce
We loved that he had minimalist-esque recipes on post-its around his kitchen.

The food turned out wonderful (if late, sorry Brandie!) and we had a great time sharpening our knife skills. Sonja won most improved knifer (look at the finger curl!), I won most likely to try to get a picture of someone cutting celery in mid-air (good work, Brandie), and Josh won most likely to get distracted by naming every single type of butter sauce he could think of (we loved it).
And finally, a short list of things we learned:
  • How to pronounce gnocchi.
  • The difference between a mince, dice, julienne, batonnet, rondelle, chiffonade, and more!
  • Don’t try to catch a falling knife.
  • Homemade Caesar dressing is amazing (and anchovies taste good).
  • Josh and Brandie are great!
~ Alex

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Cookie said... @ August 27, 2009 at 7:32 PM

Everything looks SO good especially the polenta! What a beautiful marinara sauce on top!

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