Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Gumbo Class

Recently I taught a gumbo class at Bill and Hannelore Holland's "Somethings Cooking" restaurant and gourmet shop.  It felt good to get back in front of a group of people doing what I love to do.   While living in New Orleans, I briefly taught, part time, at The New Orleans School of Cooking in the French Quarter.  After moving back to Panama City I longed for the opportunity to get back to cooking and teaching.  Life gets in the way and things change, but recently I went to lunch at Somethings Cooking so I asked Hannelore if she wanted me to teach a gumbo class.  She said "Let me get my calendar".  My sister and the Holland's daughter have been friends since forever.  My sister calls me Bubba, so the Hollands call me Bubba too.  The class covered a Creole File' Gumbo with okra, tomatoes, and no roux.  I also prepared a Cajun chicken and Andouille sausage Gumbo with a dark rich roux.  
I opened the class with my Redneck Pate' better known as Pimento Cheese served on toast point.  I  also served my Heywood's Jalapeno Cornbread with the gumbos. Thanks to my sommelier Bill Holland for choosing two great wines to pair with the meal. The response has been awesome.  We had such a overwhelming response we have scheduled another Gumbo class on Saturday, September 6th at 10:30.  I am doing a class called Classic New Orleans desserts on Thursday, October 16th at 2:30. which will include Bananas Foster, Bread Pudding with two sauces, and Pecan Pralines.  On Saturday, November 15th. at 10:30, to get you ready for the holiday season, I'll be doing a class on brining your turkey, which will include two dressings, a traditional southern, sage sausage, cornbread dressing, and a Cajun shrimp and eggplant dressing.  I will also serve my cranberry/apple/pecan Chutney.  Call Somethings Cookin to make your reservations now.  A special thanks to my sous chef and wife Lori for assisting.
Remember the 4F's of life.  Faith, Family, Friends, and Food.  See ya soon.

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