Our friend Lise Jaeger is a chef and in addition to several other jobs, she does culinary workshops at the Shop Rite, one of our local grocery chains. We've gone to a few of these, where for a mere $20 each, Chef teaches the participants four recipes (usually, a main, two sides and a dessert) around a specific theme, but the teaching is hands-on. The students (and there are usually only 6-8 students in a class) actually do the measuring, chopping, prepping, etc. (always with helpful tips from Chef) and once everything is ready, we all enjoy our finished products. It's a great experience in that we always learn something new, we get four new recipes to try at home, we get to see Chef (who is a very busy lady) and we have a delicious dinner.
The second side dish was Cauliflower with Gruyere and Bacon (the not-quite-as-healthy-side-dish). First we made a bechamel sauce to which we added gruyere cheese. While it thickened, we trimmed and blanched our cauliflower and placed it in a casserole dish. We poured the sauce over the cauliflower, sprinkled it with crumbled cooked bacon and then with some panko mixed with a little more gruyere. This cooked until it was hot and bubbly. Creamy, cheesy, and bacon-y - this is one way to get Amy to eat cauliflower!
The last thing we needed to do was grill the flank steak and we could serve the meal. We topped the steak with Crosse & Blackwell Caramelized Onion Chutney with Peppers, the evening's sponsor product and an easy way to get the flavor of caramelized onions without the work. The two Chrises in the group helped Lise plate the dishes. Hardly anyone was talking as we ate because the food was so good. Of course, none of us could forget the Stout-Infused Dark Chocolate Brownies that were waiting for us at the end. We all pronounced the brownies the fudgiest and tastiest we ever had.
Because these recipes are provided by Shop Rite, we don't feel that it is proper to post them. However, if you have a Shop Rite near you, you should look into their culinary workshops. They are worth every penny!