Vegetable Ratatouille Moussaka by Chef Sam

Last week’s cooking class by Chef Sam.

He makes the most delicious dishes. In addition to the oven roasted vegetables he prepared a fresh tomato sauce and a béchamel sauce and added Parmesan cheese then baked hot 45 minutes with shredded mozzarella on top.

I was watching and missed photographing a few steps. Stay tuned for this week’s class with a complete photographic essay.

Bruschetta toasted with sundried tomatoes and butter on a sliced Sourdough loaf was served alongside the main dish.

You might have seen Chef Sam on the blog in May making Lentil  cheeseburgers and Caesar salad https://rutheh.com/2019/05/16/chef-sam-cooks/

Summer Squash Sauce, Arugula and Parmesan

A couple of yellow squash and a zucchini sautéed in olive oil with onion and garlic- sprinkled with fresh Parmesan on top of a bed of arugula and pasta.  Olives, sliced tomatoes with fresh mozzarella on the side .

The tastes of summer.

Chef Sam Cooking Class with Lentil Cheeseburgers and Caesar Salad

Chef Sam cooks a Lentil Cheeseburger recipe with a Roasted Red Pepper sauce and prepares a Caesar Salad during Cooking Class. He told how he sterilized the eggs for the dressing, gently lowering them into boiling water for five minutes. Safety was emphasized.  Lentils, mushrooms, beets, carrot, onions and garlic were a few of the main ingredients.  Miso paste helped hold it together.  There were ten participants and we all enjoyed the delicious meal at the end of the class.

The class was held Wednesday afternoon at The Stephen Foster Community Center on 286 Main Street, located next to the Lawrenceville Branch of the Carnegie Library. The center is housed in an 1865 brick building now on the National Historic Register. The center offers fitness classes such as Cardio Strength and Flexibility, Tai Chi, Yoga, Soul Line Dancing, and Practical Meditation in addition to craft and  other recreational activities.

Next cooking class with Chef Sam is May 29 at 12:30. $4 is the cost of the class.

 

 Thank you Chef Sam for a great class and delicious meal

Allegheny County senior citizens can eat lunch for a modest donation of a dollar but should register by calling the Community Center office by noon the day before at 412-350-5460.   Contact Allegheny County Seniorline 412-350-5460 for eligibility, if you need a Home Delivered Meal.

Instead of Regular Bread

I’ve seen recipes for cauliflower pizza crust but not this line of cauliflower products. They just caught my eye a couple of weeks ago at Lucky’s Market in Clintonville. No taste test on my end yet but I’m eager to hear from others who’ve eaten the cauliflower sandwich things or pizza crusts.

Patience is Required with Chocolate AND Cake from the Oven

Important to be patient. I’m not.

Melt chocolate slowly on the lowest heat, don’t scorch or burn. Ruin a lovely rich bar. Managed that step but………Oh no.

The cake stuck! Not sufficiently cooled when tried to extricate the cake from the pan. Even with buttered parchment paper. Cake tester broom below.

Glued together. Frosting saves the day. Butter and chocolate. No one even knows repairs were necessary.

Delicious.

Romanian Red Garlic

Primarily Romanian Red Garlic this harvest! And a few other bulbs in the box.

My brother sent organic garlic from his garden in Okanogan, Washington.

It’s the time of year when I’m watching the mail for his shipment to me. He’s made it an annual event.

Thanks David. It’s here. Now to figure out what to cook!

Did you know there are many types of Red Garlics?

Estonian Red, Chesnok Red, Creole Red, Killarney Red, Russian Red, German Red, Vietnamese Red, Korean Red, and Turkish Red to name some.

But this year it’s primarily Romanian Red!

Roasted, rubbed,minced, smashed,chopped, sautéed- it’s all pungently delicious.