FRENCH cuisine is elegant in all its forms. In our classes, we’ll explore that elegance, learning how to coax depths of flavor from perfect ingredients, then presenting our creations so they are blindingly beautiful, tempting with their aromas and colors, dreamily delicious. With Susan, you will learn to astonish with your culinary creations, which begins with the ingredients and the cooking, and continues all the way to the candles, crystal, and silverware! Includes a meal.
HAUTE CUISINE FROM THE SEA
Susan is passionate about seafood, and a recognized expert, thanks to her first book, THE GREAT AMERICAN SEAFOOD COOKBOOK. She will take you through the world of seafood into a universe of delicious dishes that you will recreate at home, to the delight and astonishment of everyone at your table. From market to table, you will cook with the finest array of seafood imaginable. Because seafood arrives at the market daily, most of it directly from the English Channel, Susan responds accordingly, by choosing recipes based on the daily catch. But imagine Fish in Salt Crust, Fusion Fillets with herbs and flavors from afar, Marmite Dieppoise (Silken Fish Stew from Normandy), Basque-Style Cod. You will become a Seafood expert.
A MENU AROUND MUSHROOMS
French mushrooms embody the feel of autumn elegance. Collected fresh daily from the woods, or carefully coaxed from loam in ancient caves, you will touch mushrooms of every variety, turning them into savory delicacies.
LOVE AFFAIR WITH FRENCH CUISINE
Here you will spend three days making elegant dishes like Stuffed Lamb Shoulder, Chicken with Walnuts, Tournedos au Deux Poivres (Steak with Two Peppers), combining them with fine side disehs like Asparagus Three Ways, Swiss Chard Timbales with Radishes, Red Pepper Tart, and ending with desserts like Strawberry Balsamic Parfaits, Vanilla Millefeuille, Choux a la Crème…
Susan will show you how the French put vegetables and grains at the center of the plate to make elegant, meatless meals.
FRENCH HOLIDAY DISHES
The French go elegant for the holidays, from truffle-roasted turkey to platters of seafood with multiple sauces, to buche de noel filled with cream and covered in ganache…learn the traditions so you can recreate them at home.