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Chef Nani Steele at La Cocina Que Canta

HANDS – ON COOKING CLASS WITH VISITING CHEF NANI STEELE

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I had met Nani the first time I came to The Ranch about a year ago.  Flash forward and I’m taking her cooking class at La Cocina Que Canta.  The menu was filled with savory summer dishes as well as some that were slightly sweet, my favorite being the Strawberry Risotto.  To me, there’s no more perfect time to be at the organic farm that surrounds La Cocina Que Canta than during the summer when the sky is blue, the air is warm and there is an abundance of fresh veggies ready to be picked and eaten.  This day was exactly like that.

By now I have had many cooking classes under my belt and I have to say, what really struck me about Nani’s presence is that she’s a true chef.  She cares about the food so much, from where it comes from and how it tastes to creating a beautiful presentation. Nani truly looks at cooking as an art form.  It’s easy to tell by looking at her two gorgeous books, Plum Gorgeous and My Nepenthe.  We are so excited to have Nani back for our culinary week, La Fiesta De La Cocina Que Canta this September!  In the meantime, enjoy the photos and this special recipe from the class, Strawberry Summer Risotto.

THE MENU

Chilled Summer Squash Soup with Mint

Grilled Prawns with Chile, Citrus, and Cilantro

Bulgur Wheat Salad with Strawberries and Preserved Lemon

Strawberry Summer Risotto

Pickled Cucumber Salad with Lentil and Feta

Platter of Asparagus with Soft Herbs and Date-Pine nut Relish

Savory Flat Bread

Spicy Pickled Carrots with Garlic and Coriander

Rangpur Lime–Mascarpone Tart

 

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Strawberry Summer Risotto

From our Hands-On Cooking Class, with Visiting Chef Nani Steele! Inspired by a book of summer recipes from Italy, this savory strawberry risotto is surprisingly delicious, not at all cloying as one might suspect. The berries impart a pleasant tannic … Continue reading

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The year was 1935…and even then the Professor’s bread was good. Very good. And so, too, were the “good radiations.” Englishwoman Florence Mahon’s recounting of her seven-month journey to “The Cure” continues; the setting a camp at Lake Elsinore, California—five … Continue reading

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