For my first cooking class ever, the Hands on Cooking Class with Lia Huber couldn’t have been more amazing. Imagine strolling through the organic gardens at La Cocina Que Canta picking right out of the soil which greens and veggies we were going to cook in class. Along the way, eating fresh watermelon that Salvador just harvested and learning about sustainable organic farming from a top-notch chef. Yup, this is the kind of stuff that happens at La Cocina Que Canta.
It was a hot day, but the juicy watermelon kept us cool. Then after picking the greens from the garden we came back inside the kitchen where Gabby brought us some icy cold popsicles. What a treat! Not going to lie, I was kind of sitting there thinking this was too good to be true.
While we devoured our frozen treats we listened to Lia explain her background as a chef. Such an interesting story! She’s written recipes for Prevention, Body + Soul, Fitness and Cooking Light. Her recipes have an emphasis on healthy eating and sustainability. In 2009 she started nourishnetwork.com, a membership site that provides daily and weekly customizable menus that focus on nutritional content and eco clean eating.
Our class was pretty small which meant lots of hands on cooking. I was in charge of the garlic lime butterfly shrimp, which I have to say turned out delicious! Lia was there helping all us along the way and giving us tips that we could use in our own kitchens at home. The whole process was a blast and the best part was yet to come…eating!!!
As you can tell from my photos, there was more than enough food to eat and each dish was so good. From the tortilla soup to the green bean salad to the sautéed greens to the shrimp…plus dessert which was this AMAZING cheesecake.
I can’t tell you what a wonderful experience this was. To go through the whole process of picking food from the garden, working with such an eco conscious chef and eating the end result was truly an experience. Not to mention meeting new people, working together as a team and also having some laughs over lunch. I couldn’t have asked for a better time!