On Tuesday, I took a cooking class as part of a Gotta Try It article for INsite Magazine. I can't give too much away, but here are some sneak peak photos and recipes from my almost three hour class with Dine By Design's Darleen Randall.
Here are Darleen's top five tips for cooking, no matter what the dish:
1. Always sharpen your knife.
2. Use a timer.
3. Get an oven thermometer, most of them cook unevenly.
4. Taste as you go.
5. You don't have to follow the recipe to the T.
1 9 oz. tortellini, fresh packaged
1 cup(s) asparagus, 1" pieces
1 cup(s) broccoli floret
2 tablespoon(s) olive oil
2 tablespoon(s) garlic, miced
1 cup(s) red onion, 1" slices
1 8 oz. mushroom, fresh, sliced
1 cup(s) tomato, grape
1 6 oz. spinach, fresh
1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
1/4 teaspoon(s) black pepper
2 teaspoon(s) lemon juice, fresh
3 tablespoon(s) Parmesan cheese, hard, shaved
3 tablespoon(s) pine nuts, toasted
Prepare tortelloni according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Add asparagus and broccoli during last 4 minutes of cooking. Drain pasta and veggies; rinse with warm water. While pasta cooks, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic; saute 1 minute. Add red onion, saute 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and grape tomatoes and saute for another 6-9 minutes. Add spinach, salt & pepper; cook 2 minutes or until spinach wilts.
Combine pasta mixture and veggie mixture in a large bowl. Add lemon juice; toss gently to coat. Top servings evenly with cheese and nuts.
3 cup(s) pecan halves, chopped
3/4 cup(s) sugar
3/4 cup(s) corn syrup, dark
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoon(s) butter, melted
1 teaspoon(s) vanilla
1/8 teaspoon(s) salt
72 Mini Fillo Shells
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant. Stir together sugar and corn syrup in a medium bowl. Stir in pecans, eggs, and next 3 ingredients. Spoon about 1 heaping teaspoonful pecan mixture into each pastry shell, and place on 2 large baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 22 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks, and let cool completely (about 30 minutes). Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.