Wednesday, November 18, 2009

choose my own adventure

What does Utah have? Hillbillies! Polygamists! Mormons! Which are not the same thing anymore, I promise! Farmers! Cheesemakers (they are blessed)! Bakers! Earth nerds! Yuppies! People who give themselves enemas! Super Target! Walmart! As much as I'd like to say otherwise! Ikea! Sur La Table!

It is with that last that I concern myself, and why I have invited you here today. Remember how John doesn't think I know how to cook, I guess, and gave me a gift card to take a class from Sur La Table? Well, it's time to pay the piper. He can give me a gift card all he wants, but he's going to have to watch our people while I'm learning.

Here are a few of the choices that look good to me:

French Bistro Classics
MENU Truffle Pommes Dauphine - Frisee Salad with Poached Egg and Bacon - Grilled New York Steak with Red Wine Pan Sauce - Creamy Potato and Leek Gratin - Apple Tarte Tatin with Rosemary Ice Cream

Holiday Cooking for Family and Friends
MENU Three French Cheese Fondue with Toasted Ciabatta, Apples and Brussels Sprouts - Pancetta braised Greens in Phyllo Pastry - Pork Tenderloin Roast, Yams and Pecans with Maple-Bourbon Glaze - English Toffee Bread Pudding with Warm Berries

I can't do this one:
Bon Appetit: Roman Holiday
MENU Parmesan and Smoky Paprika Frico - Herb-Roasted Lamb Chops - Broccoli-Pecorino Gratinata - Panettone Panzanella with Pancetta and Brussels Sprouts - Apple-Cranberry Crisp with Polenta Streusel Topping
because John is going to be singing (in Abravanel Hall! Get your tickets now!) that night, which blows, because now scarcity has increased demand, and I've decided that it is the only class I really want to take at all. Do you like how what John giveth with one hand, he taketh away with the other?

And then after Christmas, when maybe I'll need something to do to keep from killing myself in the horrid stretch of nothingness that is post-holiday winter, there are these:

Dining Healthy for the New Year
MENU Roasted Butternut Squash, Lentil and Goat Cheese Salad - Panko Crusted Chicken with Mango-Mustard Sauce - Parchment Baked Black Cod with Fennel and Potatoes - Curried Coconut Soup with Chick Peas - Tangy Frozen Yogurt with Spiced Fruit Compote

French Bistro Classics, slightly different.
MENU Gougeres - Frisee Salad with Poached Egg and Bacon - Grilled Hanger Steak with Red Wine Pan Sauce - Creamy Potato and Leek Gratin - Apple Tarte Tatin

Classic Steakhouse Fundamentals
MENU Caesar Salad - New York Peppercorn Steak with Green Peppercorn Sauce - Twice Baked Potatoes - Creamed Spinach - Pear Bread Pudding with Crème Anglaise

So, I want all you crazy people to come on jump around, and also to choose which class I should take. Vote in the comments. Right now either of the the French Bistro Classics is looking the best to me, then probably the Dining Healthy one. And I realize that I may have chosen some of them based on hunger, not skill development. But I will bow to your mob rule and use any dissatisfaction to lobby for another gift card from my princely husband who knows what a girl wants, which is: to spend time doing what she loves.


tipsybaker said...

I vote for one of the first two. I vote against the healthy cooking class.