I have to admit, I’m a cooking queen! I love to bake, fry, saute and puree and whip up eclectic mouth-watering dishes for the Smith 6 (that’s my kids and my husband).
So it was especially delightful when I got an invite from the fabulous Atlanta entertainment blogger and friend, Tammie Reed to join her and an exclusive group of bloggers for a cooking demonstration at Williams-Sonoma Grande Cuisine at Lennox Mall in Atlanta.
The chef on deck, Maurietta, taught us key pointers like the fact that grilling and barbecuing are not one in the same – shut the front door! This is news to me! Barbecuing is a slower process than grilling. And she showed us a neat technique like grilling Romaine lettuce before making your salad. Who knew lettuce could be grilled. And I loved how Maurietta added Moscato d’Asti to Caramelized Peaches. You can get your drink and eat on at the same time!
Maurietta started the course off with delicious Grilled Gazpacho (which is a cold soup),Grilled Romaine Salad, Spiced Rubbed Grilled Chicken – Moroccan-style and ended with delicious Carmelized Peaches with Moscato d’Asti Zabaglione. Oh, I had two helpings of that!
And if the delicious meals were not enough the generous folks at Williams-Sonoma gave the 12 invited guests of Tami a door prize. And what awesome door prizes they divvied out! I received a state of the art All-Clad 11-inch grill pan, which looks like pure cooking perfection. It was actually one of the pans Maurietta used during her demo.
I want to thank Tammie Reed for inviting me out. I had a great time, and the food was delicious. I want to thank Maurietta for the pointers because any meal can be transformed into a culinary masterpiece. No matter what your skill level. Maurietta said you have to know your flavor palette and then work with that to make meals work for you.
I would also like to thank Williams-Sonoma for the wonderful grill pan. This pan will get much use on my stove. This was my first visit to Williams-Sonoma, but it certainly will not be my last. They have daily cooking demonstrations for just $35 and even wine tastings. Not to mention all the state of the art culinary tools you need to help you make these fabulous meals are sold at the store.