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Lemon Meringue Cupcake Recipe

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These cupcakes are truly one of my favorite cupcake creations. If you love lemon…. you are going to fall in love with these! Click HERE for the recipe.

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Cupcake Class Recap

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 It is about time I share my first cupcake workshop with you all. This class was so much fun and everyone was excited to learn how to make the most delicious cupcakes!

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Nothing but beautiful smiles and laughs all night long!

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These here are the cinnamon oatmeal cupcakes that are a family recipe from my hubby’s grandmother. They are unique and absolutely amazing!

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My lemon meringue cupcakes ready for the next stage…..

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In goes the yummiest lemon filling!

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Next, comes the meringue, then the fun part…. torching it to give it the perfect finish!

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We also learned how to make these chocolate peanut butter gems. Makes my mouth water just looking at these!

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Now it is time for the class to try their hand at it! I provided different tips for everyone to try. She is doing it up just gorgeous…. don’t you think?

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See? Nothing but a “sweet” fun time! And lots of smiles.

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Everyone got to take home a plateful of cupcakes they so expertly decorated.

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Trying their hand at the torch brought out a lot of squeals and laughs!

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I’d say my first cupcake workshop was a huge success! If I were you, I would want to be invited to one of their parties where these cupcakes will be making a star appearance!

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Salads and Butter Cake Classes Recap

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I am back from the dead… or from my very long break! Yes… I am still here… just enjoying summer. I plan on catching up on my past class recaps and sharing more recipes with you… but you have to be patient as I am in full “summer” mode… or “slo-mo” mode. Let’s talk about my Salads and Butter Cake classes. 

Can you believe I taught my Salads and Butter Cake class five times?! Yup…. it’s true and it was so dang good!

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The first salad we made was this light, refreshing and delicious Zucchini and Ricotta Salad with a Lemon Vinaigrette. Tastes like summer!

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I have to show off this cutting board I was given from a sweet gal that has become a regular in my classes. Isn’t it amazing? Thanks so much Joni!

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Three darling gals enjoying the salad and obviously the company!

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In the works for salad number two… my Quinoa Super Salad.

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Here it is ready to be dressed with the Spinach Dressing in the blender I made. This is the perfect salad for the beach, picnic, or anytime. A perfect staple in the refrigerator too, at least it is in my home!

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 I made the yummiest Honey Whole Wheat Loaves that are a snap to make. Just showing one of them off …. it is worthy of it!

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You bet everyone was excited to learn how to make my super delicious Butter Cakes!

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So much delicious goodness in these babies!

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Yay… they are done!

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I mean come on…. 

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One of my all time favorite salads…. my Island Chopped. I love when people take photos of the dishes!

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One of the classes had a second row to accomodate everyone that wanted to come this night. I broke my 18 people max limit… I didn’t want anyone to miss out. 

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Time to show off the wonderful people that came to the classes!

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Dr. Hada booked a Salads and Butter Cake Private class. What a great staff he has. And lucky to have such a great boss!

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I love these people…. some are long time friends and others have become instant friends.

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Girls night out. 

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My circle of friends just keeps growing.

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Thanks to all that came! What a fun month it was. Now get cooking!

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Butter Cake Recipe…. FINALLY!

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There she is…. the most perfect butter cake ever! Sorry I have been absent from this blog lately and beyond late in posting this “must make” dessert. But all is right now…. because the recipe is up and I expect to hear from you all how much you loved it! After you jump for joy and hoot and holler… click HERE for the most anticipated recipe!

XO,

Jenny

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Breakfast Class

 

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Hello Friends,

I know a lot of you have missed out an some of my epic classes I taught in the past. I am bringing back one of the all time favorites just for you… all you breakfast lovers! With summer right around the corner and the kids home … you can make them oh so happy with this menu! I am going to teach you some of the very best breakfast dishes around! My first breakfast class encore.

The menu I am teaching is so worth teaching again! Here’s what’s going down: Lemon Cottage Cheese Pancakes. Homemade Blueberry Syrup, Mexican Chilaquiles (my personal favorite!), Fontina Cheese, Smoked Ham and Egg Breakfast pizza, and my almost famous Cinnamon Swirl Bread (Not pictured but oh so easy to make!).

These dishes are perfect for everyday or for special occasions. My family always requests my breakfast pizzas for Christmas morning. A huge pleaser!

I will be teaching this class on Wednesday, June 18th and Thursday, June 19th at 5:30.

For additional information on the class please click HERE!

Happy Cooking!

Jenny Evans

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Mexican Grill Class

 

Pollo Asado

Black Beans

Mexican Caprese

Cilantro Lime Rice

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Hello Friends,

Oh Yes… Summer is coming and you know what that means. My grilling classes! These are oh so popular, fun and make the perfect date night. We take the classes outside and eat under the stars via candlelight. These are some of my absolute favorite classes and I know they are yours too!

You are all going to flip over this menu! We are talking about outrageous Mexican food. You will want to make these dishes all summer long. Take my black beans for example… they are unreal. I mean REALLY unreal… like nothing you have ever had before. And who doesn’t love a good Pollo Asado? That should be a staple in everyone’s meal rotation…. a real crowd pleaser. Trust me when I say that you are going to fall head over heels in love with this menu. I am excited to share and teach it to you!

On the menu for this mouthwatering class: Grilled Pollo Asado, My Amazing Black Beans, Cilantro Lime Rice, Caprese Salad… Mexican Style and a Fresh Mango Tart for dessert. Because mangos are heavenly!

I will be teaching this class on Wednesday, June 4th and Thursday, June 5th at 5:30.

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 $60.00 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 16 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!

Happy Cooking!

Jenny Evans

 

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Pre Wedding Dinner

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Yes… I realize that I have been M.I.A on this blog, but I have had a good reason…. I promise. This cute couple is the reason why I haven’t been on my blog posting away. This is my son and his then fiancé… now wife! I made dinner the night before their wedding for about 50 family members and close friends of the families. I thought a good way to come back is to share the night with you all!

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My sweet and talented sister in law did the floral pieces and table scape. Did I mention that it was 100 degrees this particular day? Crazy heat wave we had out of no where! That is love people! The outside tables were gorgeous and the night was dreamy.

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I told you.. just dreamy.

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So how, do you ask does one make dinner for so many people? You start days in advance! Three days before the dinner, I shopped for all the ingredients, made the salad dressing (A whole lot of it!), the pesto that I stuffed in the salmon, and did all my chopping for any salads or vegetables. Two days before, I baked all the cupcakes and kept them in sealed cupcake holders that kept them perfectly moist. I also baked the french bread that I used for the crostinis and made the hummus. The day before the dinner, I frosted and decorated the cupcakes, cut up the tomatoes for the salmon and strawberries used in the salad and candied the nuts for the salad. The day of the dinner, I made the quinoa salad (with the veggies I prechopped on Monday), baked the honey whole loaves, and finished the crostinis. 

This shot was taken an hour or so before everyone started to arrive. We set out the cupcakes, the beginnings of the crostini (that was still awaiting more toppings), platters for the veggie and hummus appetizers and the huge salad bowls. It is helpful to get everything out that you will be serving food in in advance. That way, you get a feel for how everything will look and it helps you organize what needs to be done. It’s so easy to forget to set out a side dish or appetizer when you are serving so much food!

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Samantha loves my Smashed Avocado Crostini’s so that is what I served as an appetizer as everyone was arriving and mingling. 

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I also served my hummus with fresh veggies and pita chips. You can find the recipe on this blog… and if  you haven’t made it yet…. trust me.. you need to!

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Here’s what was on the menu this night. Pesto Stuffed Salmon with Roasted Tomatoes, Quinoa Super Salad, Hawaiian Inspired Salad with a Papaya Vinaigrette, Honey Whole Wheat Loaves and some delicious cupcakes for dessert!

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Here’s a shot of the salad before the Papaya Dressing went on it. It’s so good and beautiful… don’t you think?

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I made a lot of these loaves right before we ate. Who doesn’t love fresh bread? 

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When deciding what to make for dessert for this many people… I realized I would not have refrigerator space for anything other than what I was making for the dinner. So I knew cupcakes would be perfect! Everyone loves cupcakes… especially when there is a variety to try. I love the look of them… especially on pretty stands. They double for decoration!

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These ones are Lemon Meringue. I also made Chocolate Peanut Butter and Cinnamon Oatmeal. Yes.. they were the perfect ending to a great meal if I do say so myself!

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We ended the night going around the room where everyone shared wedding advice to the soon to be “Mr. and Mrs.” Sorry for the poor picture quality. This was taken with my phone. 

What a great night it was to have family and close friends join together to celebrate the this sweet couple! You certainly couldn’t have recreated this atmosphere at a restaurant. It made all the work so worth it! Nothing brings people together better than having gatherings of any sort… big or small. 

My last piece of advice is to do something I forgot to do this night! Hire a couple of people to clean up and wash the dishes. Good thing I have a terrific husband that doesn’t mind rolling up his sleeves and washing dishes… because there was A LOT of them! 

Check back soon because I have a lot to share with you … more classes and recipes! 

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Cupcake Workshop

 

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Hello Friends,

Ok… this is a class that has been requested for two years now. Better late than never… right? For those of  you that have known me a while, you know that I make some pretty amazing cupcakes! It is time to share some of my beloved cupcake recipes with you! Not only will I be sharing my recipes with you, I will also have tips that I will share with you as well. I will also teach you how to frost beautiful cupcakes in a variety of ways. In fact, you will get to frost your own cupcakes.

Knowing how to make beautiful and delicious cupcakes for parties, showers, luncheons, etc… will come in so handy and make you the star of the party! Come join the fun and learn in this fun “workshop” class.

The flavors I will be sharing with you are: Cinnamon Oatmeal with Cream Cheese Frosting, Lemon Meringue with a lemon curd filling and a Chocolate and Peanut Butter cupcake. All crowd pleasers!

Click HERE to learn more!

Happy Cooking!

Jenny Evans

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Tuesday’s Tools and Tips – Keeping Chopped Lettuce Fresh

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I am teaching salad classes this week, so I thought a great tip to keep lettuce fresh all week long, especially with summer around the corner, would be perfect. We’ve all been there. Wanting to be prepared for the week…. we chop and bag lettuce for salads. (If you have lettuce cleaned, chopped and ready to go… you will eat more salads. Am I right? You know I am. I love to be right! :)) But you find your lettuce has wilted and/or has browned edges after a day or two. How do you keep your lettuce crisp, fresh and keep the leaves from browning? Who wants to eat lettuce that is browning? I have heard and read many tips on how to keep your chopped lettuce fresh… but this my friends works and it is so simple!  I have been doing these steps for years with the perfect results!

Step 1:

You must cut the lettuce with a very sharp knife! If you use a dull knife, you will bruise the leaves when you cut them and they will brown quickly!

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Step 2:

You need a salad spinner. Getting all the extra moisture off the freshly cut leaves will keep the leaves nice and crisp. I love my OXO salad spinner

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Step 3:

I store my chopped lettuce in heavy duty freezer Zip Loc gallon size bags. In they go!

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Step 4:

Zip the top of the bag about 2/3 of the way shut. 

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Squeeze as much air as you can out of the bag with your hands. I press down on the top and upper sides of the bag. 

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 I then zip the bag all the way shut…. careful to not let any air in the bag. 

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And there you have it! How easy was that? No paper towels are involved. My lettuce will stay this fresh and crisp for a week using this quick and easy process. With not a hint of any brown edges.  Make sure to do steps 4-6 every time you open the bag to keep the lettuce fresh. Keeping air out of the bag is key. Here’s to salads and fresh, crisp lettuce ready at our fingertips! Is it summer yet?

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Tuesday’s Tools and Tips- Mother’s Day Gifts Ideas

Mothers day is right around the corner. What are you going to get the most special lady in your life? No worries…. I’ve come up with a list of great gift ideas! For the lady/mom in your life that loves to cook or wants to be a better cook… these are sure to bring a smile to her face.

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A really good knife! What a difference a good knife makes. This one pictured is a Miyabi Artisan SG2 9 1/2  inch that I use and love. With a knife like this… your mom or wife is sure to want to cook more! I bought mine HERE.

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Ceramic bakeware is not only wonderful to bake with but it is also so pretty to serve in. And the clean up is a snap! Things just don’t stick to glazed ceramic. I found ones similar to mine here. Here is an another good alternative.

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A pasta roller is something you don’t realize how much you need until you have one! Homemade pasta is to die for! I highly recommend you buy one that is made in Italy. You can find a good one here.

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And you definitely need  this with your pasta roller! So handy, easy to store and inexpensive. This particular one is my favorite pasta rack out there! You can find this one here.

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There are so many amazing desserts you can make and serve in these basic and stackable ramekins. I found mine here.

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And the creme de la creme… the best stand mixer out there! I will put this on every wish list because I know most everyone that attends my class wants this unless they already have one! The best source I have found for this amazing, own forever stand mixer is here.

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In my opinion… everyone needs a panini maker! Fastest and easiest way to a grilled cheese or hot gourmet sandwich. Best way to get dinner on the table in no time. I found mine here.

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And last but certainly not least… a gift certificate or two for a date night or girls night out to one of my Jenny’s Gatherings cooking classes! You can email me anytime for a gift certificate! 

I know what most people wish for when they come to my classes because they tell me.  I hope this list helps make your Mothers Day shopping that much easier. As a mom, I know that the best present is spending the day with those we love and we appreciate the words of love and gratitude expressed to us. Another easy but wonderful present is …. a nice long, and much needed nap! My sweet hubby always sends me upstairs to indulge in my yearly MD nap… such a simple pleasure, but one I love! Happy Mothers Day to you all! 

XOXO,

Jenny

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