Last Friday I hosted a Super Blogger’s cooking class and gathering. It was a night of bringing together a wonderful group of talented and amazing ladies! I taught them this amazing dip and served it as an appetizer. It’s so good and good for you! Now it’s time to share it with you all! Click HERE for the recipe. After all, the holidays are upon us and we all know we are in need of a great appetizer to share!
Fall has us craving certain foods with big flavors. After all, It is the beginning of holiday season… and that gets me excited! We want to serve and eat food that will not disappoint and these dishes will have people swooning! Take the dessert for example… it has all the tastes we want when it’s Fall and more. I say more… because it is unbelievably good… I pinky promise! I added some vegetable sides with this menu, because I think we all fear an overload of “heavy food” overload. Am I right? Balance in all things is a good thing. But no worries… these vegetable sides hold their own. You will love, love love them!
Ok.. so what’s on the Fall Menu? Here’s all the goodness: Pan Seared Pork Chops with a Honey Soy Glaze, Vegetable Crostata, Roasted Beets, Apple and Kale Salad and my Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Gingersnap Crust and Maple Whipped Cream. YUM!
I am teaching this class on Thursday, November 20th at 5:30 pm. I have a limit of 18 people. If you interested, don’t delay as my classes fill quickly!
My limit for each class is 18 people. I first demonstrate how to make all the dishes and then we feast! So come hungry! The cost of each class is $65.00 per person. Let me know if you are interested and I will contact you with more information about the class and tentatively put your name on the reservation list. When I receive your check, I will reserve your spot (31801 Via Perdiz, Coto de Caza, CA 92679, Checks made payable to Jenny Evans). Or feel free to call me (949-533-4038) to pay by credit card. My classes are filling up really fast so please let me know if you are interested before you send me a check to make sure there is an open spot. For cancellations, I require a “10 days before the class” notice for a refund.
I have had a lot of requests for private classes. I have taught gatherings for birthdays, couples classes, or just someone that wanted to learn a past menu and got a group of friends together to learn. I love doing these party- like classes and talk about a good time! Please feel free to contact me anytime if you are interested in doing such a class. I require 18 people for a private class.
Anyone is invited to attend, so please feel free to forward this on to your friends, neighbors and family. I hope you can join me for another gathering of delicious food and a fun night!
Be sure to visit me on my blog at www.jennysgatherings.com. I have a new recipe from my last class as well as cooking and product tips posted on it so check it out! Be sure to tell all your friends to visit me on me my blog as well! You can also follow me on my instagram for additional food posts and happenings at @jennyevansgatherings. And facebook at jennyevansgatherings. Feel free to leave me comments….. I love making new friends!
I mean, really… just look at this stuff!A great grilled cheese sandwich starts with great bread. So of course I used my sandwich bread and now you can too! Head HERE for the recipe.
This Hawaiian pulled pork is like none other. So, so good people!
The taster for this evening was dessert of the best kind! My pumpkin cheesecake with a ginger snap crust is sure to become a new Thanksgiving tradition in many homes. I know it will be in our family. You have to taste it to believe it! This is part of the menu in my next class!
We learned how to make not one, but two amazing pancake syrups! Coconut and Lilikoi. Everyone said they loved them so much they couldn’t decide which one was their favorite. Isn’t yummier to have multiple pancakes on your plate with different syrups? You bet!
Here they are in the making. My Banana Macadamia Nut pancakes. It was such a joy to watch everyone’s eyes roll with delight when they bit into these babies!
And guess what? I am sharing not one, but two recipes from this class with you all this week! These amazing Banana Macadamia Nut Pancakes and the Coconut Pancake Syrup. You can find the recipes HERE. Breakfast just got a whole lot more exciting!
Sadly, I didn’t get very many pictures from this class! Debbie and I are working hard getting the acai bowls going. My rendition of my favorite one. Mmmmmm! We also learned how to make my “over the top delicious” Coconut Chocolate Chip Banana Bread. The food from this menu was so amazing… truly an epic menu and night! Everyone went home a very happy camper. Next in line… my Fall Menu Class!
Have you all heard of the organization Operation Underground Rrailroad? My husband and I had the opportunity to attend one of their charity galas in August where I donated a private cooking class for a silent auction item. I personally know Tim Ballard, the founder of this amazing organization. They rescue children that are sold for sex slavery. Can you even imagine? Me either.
This guy here, Jeff bought the class and brought his company for a night of fun and team bonding. He is also a major supporter for this great organization.
What a great and fun group of people! It was one of those nights that I too thoroughly enjoyed.
We made a stuffed flank steak that was utterly delicious!
I also taught my potato mushroom side dish that is one of my absolute favorites ever!
These babies are cheese stuffed and topped rolls. Ya.. pretty much heaven in a roll.
This is the perfect fall salad! My roasted squash and fig salad. It is too good for words!
You know I wouldn’t leave out dessert! We finished the meal with the most delicious, light and fluffy cheesecake with a berry topping.
Did I mention the stuffed flank steak is served with an amazing and savory marinara sauce? A perfect match, wouldn’t you agree?
Eating good food is always a good time!
The finished product. I told you… the best!
Passing around the goodness!
Thanks to both Jeff and Sean (pictured above) for bringing your awesome employees for a fun and delicious night and helping out with an organization I fully support! For more information on OUR and to see what you can do to help, go to www.ourrescue.org
Even a little bit goes a long way to change the lives of others. Thanks for reading!
Let me first say that I am not educated about these oils, but was asked if I would teach a class using them. I realize there are many benefits to these oils, but what I was after was the taste. After much experimentation, I agreed to teaching a class with these oils using my Tender Greens inspired menu. Boy was this ever a tasty class! What a great combo… health benefits from these oils and incredibly delicious!
I was able to use a variety of the oils with these amazing roasted vegetables. Best veggies around!
My tomato soup will knock your socks off. My kids can’t get enough of this stuff! You bet it certainly pleased this crowd as well! And guess what? The recipe is on my blog (minus the oils) so hop on over HERE to get the recipe!
Prepping the ciabatta bread to go on the grill.
These babies are grilling to perfection.
And this… is what that perfection looks like! Don’t you just want to sink your teeth into those?
This ciabatta toast is the perfect paring with tomato soup! Just like peanut butter is to jelly, cheese is to macaroni, ketchup is to fries… you get the picture.
Through my experimentation, I found the best way to add these oils to your dishes was to first add the drop or drops to a spoon, then mix it in. It is the easiest way to see how much you actually put in and if too much came out, I was able to reduce the amount instead of ruining the dish. Yes… I like to teach tips as much as I can in class.
We also had seared pork chops with a delicious sofrito sauce on the menu.
I topped off those amazing pork chops with delicious seasoned greens. Just look at that colorful and amazing plate!
I developed this cake just for this class and can I tell you how good it is? Super moist with a fusion of different flavors! Using these oils gave me the versatility of melding different flavors without changing the texture of the cake. What flavors you ask? Lemon, wild orange and lavender. And the cake has fresh pears and fresh blackberries to top it all off!
I can’t forget to tell you about the ginger infused whipped cream. Yes this a killer finish!
The best part of course… diving in to eat all we learned!
This here is Harmony. She is the Do Terra specialist and she told us all what the benefits are of each oil I used in each of these dishes. If you want to know more about these oils you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
It was truly a great class! My tip when cooking with these oils is to use the real herb as well as the oil. For example, in a dish that calls for basil, I would use fresh or dried basil (depending on the dish) and add the basil oil. I found that using the oil alone in most cases did not give me the flavor umph I wanted. So adjust your ingredients when using the oils until you have it just right!
Thanks Harmony for thinking of me and putting together such a great class! I look forward to learning more about these oils and all the benefits they can have on my and my family.
I love Fall and the fun traditions that we do as a family during this time of year. Especially for Halloween!
Have you heard of the tradition of giving a “Boo” in your neighborhood? Anonymously of course! Our family has been doing this for over twenty years now and my kids just love it! This is how it works.
First you need a “Boo” sign and poem to go along with it. The poem explains what the Boo is all about and instructs the receiver of your “Boo” and what they need to do to keep it going. You can go online and find different “Boo” signs and poems. Here is the link for the one you see HERE.
Along with the sign and poem, you will leave a treat or gift of some kind. My kids love this homemade Pumpkin Bread and so it has become tradition for us to give away loaves of them.
Now for my kids favorite part! Leave all the goods on the front door mat of the family you are “Boo-ing”, ring the doorbell and run! You don’t want to get caught! Of course you want to be sure they are home first. It is a fun way to spread some fun and joy in your neighborhood!
By the way, after you are “Boo-ed” you need to make sure you hang the “Boo” sign up so your neighbors and friends know you have already been “Boo-ed” and they can “Boo” a different neighbor that hasn’t received the attention and fun gift yet.
It’s fun to see the “Boo” signs in the windows of your neighbors as you drive or walk by. It’s the perfect way to bring the spirit of friendship to your street!
If your neighborhood hasn’t started this fun tradition, you get the privilege of starting it and anonymously watching the fun and joy spread!
I am proud to say that our family brought this tradition to our street oh so many years ago and now someone on our street starts it before we do! I don’t think this fun tradition will ever die… and I certainly hope not!
If you want to make some of this yummy pumpkin bread, click HERE for the recipe. Happy Halloween everyone!
I am teaming up with some fabulous people over at www.pinkpeppermintdesign.com . Today on their blog I shared my Pasta Carbonara recipe and seriously people.. you need to make this one! So full of flavor, satisfying… and talk about comfort food at it’s best! And guess what? You can whip this baby up in 30 minutes or less! Yes.. I would call that a perfect recipe.
I will be sharing a new recipe on their site every month! This site has so much for us to learn and be inspired from. Home design, DIY projects, party ideas, recipes, floral arranging and more. Move over Martha… you’ve got some serious competition! Be sure to check it out and be sure to make this recipe and let me know if you felt the love… yes.. this pasta dish will ooze love from the first bite! You can also click HERE for the recipe.
Many of you know Ani Taylor. Mother to three beautiful girls… Kate, Ruby and Lola. She has the difficult trial of raising only two of those three daughters as Ruby has returned to live back to her Heavenly Father. Instead of crawling into a dark hole like so many would, she looks for the best in life….people…moments… and how to live life with meaning and purpose. She is an amazing mother and person with so much to share.
Ani started Project Serve Together. You can follow her at www.projectservetogether.blogspot.com , www.aniandmatttaylor.blogspot.com and on instagram at @servetogether. About this project, she says, “We have seen the power of service work in us and we want to continue to spread the love and joy we have felt. Each week we will be issuing a new service challenge on @servetogether and our hope is you will find increased happiness in your life as you serve others with us, each week.”
If there is one thing I know… it’s that doing service for others is one thing you can do to bring true happiness to your life. It doesn’t have to be anything big… even the small acts of service work miracles in the lives of others and your own.
Ani has asked that I share a service challenge with you this week. As you all know… I am a cook and love to cook and share that talent with others. I make my own bread for my family every week. I don’t think anyone tires of homemade bread… not even my family. Best smell and taste… don’t you agree? I always bake 4-6 loaves at a time so I have at least 2 spare loaves I deliver to two different people each week. It’s amazing what happiness a fresh, homemade loaf of bread brings to any individual of all ages! I love to see the look on their faces when I show up at their door with my freshly baked bread. I am known to show up at my local gym with loaves in hand to share. It’s the best start to my day! As I said…. it’s not a big thing, but it sure brings big smiles and looks of surprise when I gift my bread.
I am sharing with you all this week my very sought after recipe for my amazing homemade bread with the challenge to bake more loaves than you need and share with others. I think you will be hooked, as I am, in sharing these loaves every time you bake them. Click HERE for the recipe.
Will you please let us know how you as the giver and the person as the receiver felt when you did this challenge? Tag us in your instagram posts so we can see the joy in their faces too! @servetogether @jennyevansgatherings #projectservetogether
Let’s bring more joy to this world through love, service and thinking outside of ourselves. Thank you Ani for the example and inspiration you are!
Oh boy am I excited to share these over the top amazing dishes with you! As most of you know… I spent a month over in the North Shore, Hawaii and I came home and recreated some of my absolute favorite things I devoured while there. With these dishes being a six hour flight away… I had to recreate them so I can get my fix when I crave them! My family is pretty darn happy about it too! Let’s just say we have pretty much been living off these delectable dishes and desserts. Yes…they really are that good!
Let me first tell you what’s on the menu and then I will tell you about them. Here we go: Pulled Pork (Hawaiian style) Grilled Cheese with a Macadamia Nut Pesto, Banana Macadamia Nut Pancakes, Coconut Pancake Syrup, Lilikoi (aka passion Fruit) Pancake Syrup, My All Time Favorite Acai Bowl and a Banana Bread Sundae.
I am holding this class two nights. Thursday, October 16th and 17th at 5:30 pm. Don’t delay to sign up because this will fill quickly!
Please click HERE to learn more about the class and to sign up!
I couldn’t post about the good eats here on the North Shore and not mention this food truck…. The Haleiwa Beachside Galley. Their Kalua grilled cheese sandwich knocked us off our feet! We also had some of their bowls and other dishes and we loved them all. I wish we had time to try out more of their food. This truck is hidden behind umbrellas so it is hard to see off the street. It is right next to Sharks Cove Grill (can’t miss it… right across the street from Sharks Cove). Seriously people.. stop here.. you won’t regret it! Forget about the food trucks with all the hype. They don’t deliver good food but hidden gems like this one sure does!
Also in the town of Haleiwa is Lanikai Juice. This place makes good acai bowls (but didn’t beat Haleiwa Bowl) and makes fresh juices. A great stop if you want to take a “healthy” break during your stay here.
So many of you told me I HAD to try Opal Thai in Haleiwa! Here I am with the owner… such a nice guy! This guy and his restaurant is practically famous! He told me he moved here from Northern California and started with a food truck. *On a side note… you know my huge restaurant recommendation in San Francisco, The House? He used to work with the chef there! He couldn’t believe I not only knew about the restaurant but that it is one of my absolute favorite restaurants ever!
When you sit down (Be prepared for a wait. The place is small and hugely popular!), they give each of you a menu. I don’t know why they bother because Opal, the owner, asks what kind of food you like and dislike and he orders for you. Some people are bothered by that, but I loved it! That’s service people! Everyone has different tastes and he brings what he thinks you will like best. I wish more restaurants were like that!
This was by far our favorite dish! We kept asking him what it was and he wouldn’t tell us until we had eaten it. Good thing because it was stingray! Had I known that beforehand I am not sure if I would’ve enjoyed it as much. It was amazing with an array of different flavors dancing in your mouth.
This noodle and seafood dish also won our hearts over. We ordered too many dishes to show them all to you but these are two great examples of his food. Opal Thai definitely did not disappoint!
Well folks… that’s all she wrote for now! This was our first time to visit the North Shore and to say we loved it is putting it mildly. The home, beaches, food, people, weather and all it had to offer was perfection! If you have never been…. You should! The memories made here are priceless. Until next time… Aloha friends!