Tuesday, June 10, 2014

cooking class // Paris edition

on our recent trip to Paris, Brian and i attended a small cooking class in the kitchen of acclaimed author and chef, Susan Herrmann Loomis. An American living in Paris for 30 years, Susan was an absolute delight!! we had an extraordinary time, chopping, whisking, baking and tasting an array of classic french dishes prepared by.... US!  in addition to the actual preparation, cooking and instruction, we enjoyed a salt tasting and a chocolate tasting! so interesting and delicious. i highly recommend this experience as it gives you a taste... literally... of authentic french food and hospitality, even though Susan is American by blood, she is oh so french at heart.  visit her website for details and information on classes and her blog for recipes:  On Rue Tatin


Brian prepared the rhubarb tarts

Brian's other task was to prepare the duck

i pitted the cherries and made the sauce that would accompany the duck

the beautiful duck and deliciously juicy cherries

that stove...

finished  duck, resting, rare

classic french appetizers... raw veggies, bread and butter, olive oil cookies, crisps made from the tart dough and sautéed mushrooms (which were my favorite... i ate them like potato chips!)

finished rhubarb tarts

finished duck with cherries

Susan and me

4 comments:

Nicole Dowler said...

This might be my favorite blog post of all time! How wonderful and fun and so the two of you!!

Cathy @ She Paused 4 Thought said...

OMG those rhubarb tarts looked amazing... and how could you go wrong with duck and fresh cherries. I have taken Susan's classes and they are the best. Your friends are going to love what you recreate from this cooking class. Thanks for sharing the fun.

JHLoomis said...

Crystal! You and Brian were so wonderful, both in the kitchen and at the table! Come back to On Rue Tatin soon (this time in Normandy) - we'll make more duck. Meanwhile, keep those glorious notes going... Warmest,

Susan

Susan said...

Crystal! My son Joseph was signed in on the account unbeknownst to me...so, here I am to say LOVED having you and Brian, CAN'T WAIT until you come back, this time to Normandy, we'll cook more duck in more ways, and lots of other things!

Warmest wishes to you in Montana!

Susan