Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tablescape Thursday And French Cooking Lessons!

My sweet Sister-in-Love, Kathleen invited me to attend a French Cooking lesson at her house.
The theme (and menu) was a romantic Valentine dinner. And Kathleen decorated accordingly..with a beautiful Valentine Tablescape!
Even the chandelier over her dining table gets embellished!
Her dining table in the breakfast nook..
She created darling little notebooks for recipes for each of us..
And here is Chef Scott  Dean! What an amazing guy!
I've never taken a cooking class before, and thought I'd be intimidated, but he made you feel so comfortable. He was really encouraging..wanting to share his passion for cooking and show how easy it really can be!
We're watching Scott demonstrate melting chocolate and butter for the Flourless Chocolate Torte.
We started with dessert first.
The menu was:
Roasted Chicken with Herbed Veloute Sauce with Vermouth
Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Garlicky Herbed Butter
Fresh Green Beans
Mixed Greens with Creamy Lemon Salad Dressing
Flourless Chocolate Torte with Fresh Whipped Cream with Cointreau and Culinary Lavendar
Working on the Torte!
Kathleen mincing garlic for the Garlic Herbed Butter...To die for!!
Schmeering the butter over the roasting chickens..
Scott explained the ways and hows of ingredients that work together, which took out so much of the mystery of French cooking.

Adding the Garlic Butter to the fingerling potatoes..
Ahhh, dessert's done! Adding fresh whipped cream to the top..

Scott demonstrating the proper way to carve a chicken..
Bon Appetit!!
It was Mag-ni-fic!!
Dessert! Oooh! La-La!!!

We all had a fabulous time. Scott is a wonderful teacher--so warm, friendly and FUNNY!!
I cannot WAIT to make this for Steve!!

Susan at Between Naps on the Porch is hosting Tablescape sure to check her blog for other wonderful Tablescapes!


  1. Now that was awesome!!~ I was so wishing I was there, that looked like sooooo much fun! And I bet oh how it tasted soooo good!!~ Thanks for that fun night out!

  2. Wow! What beautiful tables and what delicious looking food. I love your centerpiece. Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

  3. What a great table . . . and that looks like so much fun -- a cooking class at home! How wonderful!

  4. Not just one but two beautiful tables! And all that yummy must have had a wonderful time! I would love to do something like that-thanks for sharing the fun!

    Best wishes for a happy Valentine's,

  5. Two beautiful tables! The food looks great as long as I did not have to make it. A cook I am not!

  6. Kathleen doesn't know how perfect of sister-in-love you would be.....what fun to share such creativity! Her table was WONDERFUL. Were those placemats under the plate with the black scrolly stuff on them? What a fun time! Toni

  7. Oh, how fun to do a cooking class. The table is the beveled mirror chargers. Adorable heart plates! Thanks for sharing...the food looks delicious!

  8. Hi Myrna, This would be the perfect day! A beautiful, great friends and french cooking lessons... followed by good food and chocolate! Wow! What a great sister-in-love! I am so happy for you, thanks for sharing so I can live vicariously!

  9. The tablesetting is gorgeous and the food sounds delicious! It sounds like a wonderful time!



  10. Oh, how fun his must have been! And what a beautiful table setting. I'd love to have been there with you all! Happy Valentines Day! Sherry

  11. This is all so AMAZING! Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful Valentine's Day! Hugs, Lia

  12. Oh wow! This looks wonderful! The tables are so beautiful and the cooking lesson too!

  13. How fun! I adore taking cooking classes and I really love the meal afterwards. Fabulous heart shaped plates and the little notebooks for the recipes are a nice touch.

    Thoughtfully presented and such attention to detail. What a sweet Valentine's idea to share with friends.

  14. Hi Myrna! What a fun party! I've never been to a cooking class either, but this one seemed EXTRA special. Kathleen did such a beautiful job setting the table and that chandelier....(fabulous)

    Thank you so much for your sweet birthday wishes. I always love visits from you. Sorry it's taken me a while to get over here. There is to much to do and not enough hours to do it in!

    Have a wonderful week sweetie!
    My Desert Cottage

  15. Hi Myrna,

    Nice blog! Your such a great Mom! I just want to share some recipes too. You can view it here!.

    Have a nice day! :)