One of my favorite holiday breakfast cakes is Cranberry Upside-Down Cake from Cooking Light, December 2006. You can serve it for a make-ahead brunch or warmed on Christmas morning with cinnamon coffee or hot chocolate. It has a buttery cake texture with a nice blending of sweet and tart, and a bit of wow appeal. Serves 12 people (serving size 1 square).
Give the gift of "Lunch in Provence" cooking classes and culinary experiences this holiday with personalized gift certificates, ordering online, or organizing a private class. Please contact Bonnie for details, or (tel) (760) 402-7600.
"Winter into Spring" SCHEDULE 2017 CULINARY EXPERIENCES
Sunday, February 12, 2017, 11am to 3pm, $120.00 per person or "Special Date Night," Thursday, February 16, 2017, 4:30pm to 7:30pm.
Celebrate "Valentine's Day" with Loved Ones. A dreamy seasonal menu created especially to share with your loved ones. Menu: Cream of Cauliflower Soup; RivaRose Brut; Marinated Flank Steak; Potato & Sorrel Gratin; Endive, Roquefort, and Walnut Salad; Domaine de Manion Wine, and Dark Chocolate Terrine with Orange Sauce.
Thursday, March 2, 2017 or Sunday, March 5, 2017, 11am to 3pm, $120.00 per person. PLEASE NOTE: Sunday, March 5, 2017 is SOLD OUT with a private party.
"Spring Flavors from the Potager." This menu takes advantage of many spring flavors growing in the garden and lends a touch of elegance for a special occasion. Menu: Broccoli Soup with Homemade Croutons; RivaRose Brut; Goat Cheese, Artichoke, and Smoked Ham Strata; Three Lettuce Salad with Hazelnut Vinaigrette; Sautéed Swiss Chard with Garlic & Lemon; Domaine de Manion Wine, and Homemade Pecan Rum Raisin Ice Cream.
Thursday, April 27, 2017 or Sunday April 30, 2017, 11am to 3pm, $120.00 per person.
"Celebrating Springtime Asparagus and Luscious Lemon." Asparagus and lemon flavors are two of the important and prevalent flavors in Provençal cuisine. I love to use flavors as a theme and weave them throughout a menu in a layering effect. In celebration of asparagus and lemon, this menu has both as flavor threads. Lunch Menu: Asparagus Soup with Lavender Lemon Creme; RivaRose Brut; Lemon Chicken; Domaine de Manion Wine; Spring Lettuces with Creamy Meyer Lemon Dressing; Spring Grain Salad with Asparagus & Meyer Lemon, and Lemon Tart.
Year 2016 flew by! Last year at this time I was selected by Miracle-Gro as one of four California home gardeners to ride on their float and participate in their activities surrounding the 2016 Tournament of Roses Parade. Lately, I have been asked if I am once again part of Miracle-Gro's float and Tournament of Roses Parade. Sadly I am not, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to cherish and remember. I will be eagerly watching the Tournament of Roses 2017 parade with fond memories!
As I reflect back on 2016, I am very grateful and thankful to all of you who have touched my life, like precious kaleidoscope-colored mosaic pieces. In Oprah magazine, December 2016 issue, there are wise words from Oren Arnold; novelist, journalist, and humorist, "Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect."
Wishing you Joyous Holidays! Wishing you Happiness, Health, and Good Fortune in 2017!