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Gather friends and family and cook with Tom! Choose any date and contact us to see if it is available. You pick the time. And just choose from any of the offerings below.  We’ll get together to work out the details.

Pork Tenderloin is a wonderful piece of meat to work with and is so very easy to cook.  Let’s do dinner...

PORK TENDER DELICIOUSNESS 

Pork Tenderloin

Sautéed Cauliflower

with our own Cocktail Sauce.
Stuffed with Sausage, Cranberries and Feta Cheese.  
to compliment the Stuffed Pork Tenderloin.

Grilled Shrimp Cocktail

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Perhaps of all of Julia Child’s work, her book Mastering the Art of French Cooking, published in 1965, shows us how to produce the perfect Boeuf Bourguignon, which from her point of view, stands as the catalyst of a well-done career.  Bringing the world of French Cuisine to America was no small task back then, and bringing it to us was a gift. Thank you, Julia!

BOEUF BOURGUIGNON

Mirepoix

Boeuf Bourguignon

This dish is comprised of freshly prepared vegetables, bacon, wine and of course, seasoned beef.
Learn to prepare this classic French base.
An all in one meal, cooked to perfection and oh-so-good.

Detailed Preparation

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Guests arrive and food is displayed.  What will they find at your party? Let’s learn some fun, tasty and different presentations to impress your guests.  Bruschetta and Crostini can be pretty plain and simple, but what if we think a bit out of the box? Perhaps it will look like this...

SMALL PLATES & APPETIZERS 3

Salmon Guacamole Involtini

Chorizo Stuffed Dates and Bacon

with Avocado and Heirloom Tomatoes.
Smoked Salmon rolled with a Cream Cheese-Guacamole stuffing.
A Spanish Tapas classic… Sweet, Smoky and Savory!

Chile-Lime Crab Salad

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A Hollandaise Sauce is one of the Classical French Mother Sauces.  We’ll learn how to make a Hollandaise and serve it in three ways.

HOLLANDAISE NIGHT

Chicken-Asparagus Roulade

Asparagus, wrapped with Prosciutto

A classic breakfast dish featuring a rich Hollandaise.
Seasoned, pounded Chicken Breast rolled around a saute of mushrooms, onion and pancetta, served with a Hollandaise accent.
The perfect side served with a fresh Hollandaise.

Eggs Benedict

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An Italian night with a few twists… of course!

DATE NIGHT IN THE KITCHEN: 
LASAGNA SURPRISE

Caramelized Onion-Mushroom Lasagna

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A very fun twist on the original.  This one features onion, mushrooms, pancetta and a rich bechamel base.
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Caprese Salad

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Favorites from the coast with all new twists.

THREE FROM THE SEA

Pan Seared Scallop with Banana Chili Sauce

Tomato Poached Cod with Linguini

Seasoned shrimp and a tomato cocktail sauce with avocado
Rich, sweet and spicy.  A thrill for the palate!  
Savory, light, healthy and quick!

Grilled Shrimp “Guac-tail”

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In this class, we’ll wrap our Tenderloin with Bacon and again pan sear and oven finish. We will also craft some complementary menu items including:

PORK TENDER DELICIOUSNESS
II 

Herbed Asparagus

Grilled Caesar

The pork will be topped with this sauce which I’ve heard described as “Christmas”!
Sautéed to perfection.
to compliment the Stuffed Pork Tenderloin.

Cherry-Cranberry Sauce

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There are times when a Small Plate menu for your dinner guests or for special family gatherings is just the right way to go.  Small plates are great for a dressed-up appetizer or when you’re looking for a down-sized dinner offering.

SMALL PLATES & APPETIZERS 1

Baked Caprese

Sautéed Cauliflower

with a Roasted Red Pepper Coulis.
Roma Tomatoes filled with a Basil stuffing and oven roasted.
to compliment the Stuffed Pork Tenderloin.

Seared Sea Scallops

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There are times when I flat out CRAVE a Taco, just a plain old Taco… ground beef, lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese and a crunchy corn tortilla.  Then there are times when I need to look beyond tradition and, as always, “play with my food”. That’s what we’re going to do here, we’re going to have some fun filling up a tortilla!

STREET TACOS 1

Carne Asada

Grilled Sausage Taco with Spicy Apricot Glaze

Grilled Cod served with a spicy Lime Cream, Avocado, Tomato and diced, grilled Jalapeno.
Marinated grilled Flank Steak, topped with a Salsa of Soy, Lime and Jalapeno.
Grilled and glazed Italian Sausage with a Poblano and Bell Pepper Salsa.

Grilled Fish Taco

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Let us help you create a Date Night in the Kitchen.  We’ll present fun dinners that you can duplicate and present to your friends, dinners which will be a bit out of the box.  We all find ourselves making the same meals week after week and here is the opportunity to break those habits.

DATE NIGHT IN THE KITCHEN: 
 CRAB STUFFED SHRIMP  

Crab Stuffed, Oven Roasted Shrimp

Prosciutto Wrapped Grilled Asparagus

with house made dressing.
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Oven Roasted Caesar

Tom

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Let us help you create a Date Night in the Kitchen.  We’ll present fun dinners that you can duplicate and present to your friends, dinners which will be a bit out of the box.  We all find ourselves making the same meals week after week and here is the opportunity to break those habits.

DATE NIGHT IN THE KITCHEN: 
SCALLOPS AND SHRIMP

Fennel and Garlic Shrimp

Tomato-Squash Saute

with Red Pepper Coulis
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Pan Seared Scallop

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One of the most revered culinary destinations in the world comes to you.

ESPAÑA, A TASTE OF SPAIN

Patatas Bravas

Gambas al Ajillo

Mushrooms filled with Spanish Chorizo.
Country fried potatoes, served with a Roasted Tomato Aioli.
Shrimp with Garlic.  This is a fun and flavorful dish featuring great garlicky shrimp and a spicy sauce begging to be consumed with a crusty bread.

Hongos Rellenos de Chorizo

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In the northeast of France lies Alsace, the Germanic region of France.  It borders Germany to the north, Switzerland to the south and France to the west.  It’s food is a great combination of French and German flavors and techniques. In this class, we’ll produce an Alsatian style meal.

AN EVENING IN ALSACE

Coq au Riesling

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Alsatian Onion Tart
Chicken in Riesling
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Tarte a l’Oignon

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Guests arrive and food is displayed.  What will they find at your party? Let’s learn some fun, tasty and different presentations to impress your guests.  Bruschetta and Crostini can be pretty plain and simple, but what if we think a bit out of the box? Perhaps it will look like this...

SMALL PLATES & APPETIZERS 2

Truffled Mushroom Bruschetta

Mixed Crostini

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Mozzarella and Roasted Red Onion Crostini, and Shrimp and Vegetable Crostini

Shrimp Bruschetta with Garlic Chives

Tom

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There are times when I flat out CRAVE a Taco, just a plain old Taco… ground beef, lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese and a crunchy corn tortilla.  Then there are times when I need to look beyond tradition and, as always, “play with my food”. That’s what we’re going to do here, we’re going to have some fun filling up a tortilla!

STREET TACOS 2

Ceviche Shrimp Tacos

Fried Fish Taco

Grilled Chicken served on a soft white tortilla and topped with a Chipotle Crema and Avocado.
A very tasty ceviche with lime juice, cucumber, tomato and more...
with Malt Vinegar and a slightly Mexican styled Tartar Sauce

Chicken Taco with Chipotle Crema

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Date Night again!  This time, try something new…

DATE NIGHT IN THE KITCHEN: 
 ROASTED STUFFED CHICKEN 

Green Salad 

Oven Roasted Chicken Breast

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with Strawberry, Cucumber, Tomato and house made Blue Cheese Dressing
stuffed with Mascarpone, Sage and Prosciutto

Parmesan-Fennel Cheese Crisps

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A date night meal fit for a king and queen.

DATE NIGHT IN THE KITCHEN: 
ROASTED GAME HEN

Cornish Game Hens

Country Style Potatoes

Baby Spinach, crispy bacon, mushrooms, water chestnuts and Kalamata Olives combined with an exceptional creamy mustard taste explosion!
Honey-Lemon-Thyme Roasted
with Tomato Aioli

Creamy Mustard Spinach Salad

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