A few times a year I will donate my time for a charity event. Last night it was for a group of twelve fellow fifth grade parents who won a Cooking with Friends evening at a silent auction. When I run a cooking party, my life stops for two straight days as I’m hyper focused on prepping and organizing for the big event. I believe that a hands on cooking evening runs best if I am extremely organized and have many of the ingredients pre-chopped. Of course I’ll leave a few cloves of garlic, onions and handful of herbs to be chopped by the group and to demo some knife skills. For two days I’m quite busy in my own kitchen dicing, chopping and telling the kids to get their hands off me and the party food! And then I’m busy in someone else’s kitchen running the cooking party.
Last night I taught an enthusiastic group of men and women a hefty agenda. In each corner of the host’s center island I had a work station for each of our menu items — curry chicken meatballs, dumplings, lettuce wraps and salmon cakes. For two hours, I flittered from station to station guiding a whirlwind evening of cooking and eating. I think it was a successful evening as people left full and satisfied.
The Marscapone cream filled strawberries added a sweet ending to a savory night which left me content as I left with a lighter load and a handful of new friends. I found a similar recipe on the web from Driscoll’s Strawberries and theirs look much prettier than mine!
Here’s a link to the dumplings we made together and I’ll post the lettuce wraps soon.