Sunday, May 18, 2014


The purpose for, and culmination of, this week-long visit with the sisters was to attend another cooking class over at Onion Creek Kitchens, near Blanco.  We have taken quite a few classes there since moving here -- originally taught in the kitchen of Sibby's own lovely home, which resembles a Tuscan villa. Last time we were there, however, they were putting the finishing touches on a new teaching kitchen that was separate from their house, though on the same property. I was a bit flabbergasted when she mentioned that the new kitchen was no longer new, and had now been open for 3 1/2 years! Where does the time go?

Each of her classes has a different theme, and this one happened to be An Afternoon in Italy.

Sibby doesn't instruct so much as "aid and abet".

Love Those Color-Mad Mixers!

First step is to gather us all around, divide us into teams, explain how things work, and show us where to find our equipment and ingredients. At first it always seems like utter chaos, but Sibby just floats from table to table, answering questions and helping with the timing, and somehow it always comes together in the end. Well, almost always. There was this one time...with some deviled eggs...but we won't go there right now.

Kathy and I volunteered to make the Lemony Chicken Saltimbocca, which was served with a Lemon-Black Pepper Polenta. Mmmmmmm!

Kathy Stirs the Sauce for the Saltimbocca
It was really hard not to fill up on these grilled pizza appetizers topped with stuffed mushrooms, before we ever sat down for our meal!

Grilling the Pizza and Lamb Chops
And, whether you think you like lamb or not, it was generally agreed that these Grilled Lamb Chops with Peperonata were pretty dang awesome!

Dessert was this light and tasty apple cake, with a Cappuccino glaze.

All in all, if you like to cook at all, or even if you just like to eat, I can't think of a better way to spend an afternoon or evening, than cookin' with Sibby!

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