Sunday, July 22, 2012

Our First Cooking Class

For those of you who have not seen my facebook post, here is a picture of my new look!

I finally decided to get my extensions taken out so that I wouldn't have to deal with all of the tangling, shedding, and gaps that needed fills. This is the first time that I have ever willingly cut my hair short, and I am actually pretty happy with how it turned out. My hair feels much more light, free, and easy to take care of.

A few days ago, Barry and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary. We took a cooking class together, which was super fun, relaxing, and educational at the same time. They had all of the ingredients ready for us (which were fresh and from the local farmer's market) and taught us the techniques for cooking a full-course meal. Our menu included:

Chilled Cantaloupe Soup with Prosciutto Toasts
Crab Cakes
Roasted Corn and Tomato Salad
Potato-Pesto Salad
Green Bean Salad with Tarragon and Goat Cheese
Peach Tarts

Although I knew that this was a beginner's level course, I was surprised at just how easy all of these dishes were. I will definitely recreate every single one of them again at home.

They have a wide-range of classes to choose from at L'Academie de Cuisine, and we chose this one based on the menu, the date (a weekend that Aunt S could baby-sit Ryan), and skill level (very basic due to my lack of cooking abilities, ha!)

I would love to take more classes like this in the future, and I highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for a unique "date" idea, or who wants to become more comfortable with basic skills in the kitchen, and even to those who are more serious about cooking.

Here is Barry's final product:

And mine:

And this was our dessert:

Our instructor even served us homemade ice cream to go along with the peach tarts. Mmmmm... yummy in my tummy!

Many of the recipes for these dishes can be found in the cookbook, Plenty.  I just ordered it and I am looking forward to discovering even more delicious vegetarian combinations.


  1. That looks like a great way to celebrate your anniversary - what a fun and creative date. And I still LOVE that hair style - GORGEOUS!

  2. Dana thank you for all of your inspiration and light. I am a mother of a 5 year old and a 3 year old and am being treated for Stage 3b breast cancer. You have been through so much as I can personally understand. Your positive outlook is amazing and I hope to be able to take your cue as I continue to battle. You look wonderful and I am glad you are getting the most out of life!

  3. Dana---you look wonderful! I LOVE your hair. You too are my inspiration as I wait for the last of reconstruction and for my hair to grow! Surgery, chemo and rads are behind me and I look for the day when I can fully smile like you! How can I e-mail you or find you on facebook to send you a private message?

  4. @Karen- It was super fun! You and Rupert should try a cooking class sometime! I think that you guys would enjoy it!

    @Jo and @annette- Feel free to email me at Dana520 (at) I would love to talk with you! I am so glad that you found me through my blog. My thoughts and prayers are with both of you as you are on your road to recovery. I hope that things will better with each day and that you WILL eventually feel like your old self again. (Actually, I think that we become a stronger version of ourselves after something like this!)


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