Wednesday, June 17, 2009

June 26th, cooking club

Pesto Salmon or Chicken

Tossed Greens

And Italian Loaf

This is a light summer meal that you can grill, broil, or pan fry. Learn how to make real pesto, delicious homemade salad dressing, and fragrant, mouthwatering bread. You can substitute any kind of fish, or even chicken if you are not into seafood.


Enough Fish or chicken for your family about 4 oz per adult, 2 oz per child

This recipe for pesto makes enough for 4… bring more ingredients if you have more in your family.

2 cloves garlic, crushed 

2 cups, packed, coarsely chopped basil leaves (you can use spinach but not highly recommended)

Coarse salt 

1/4 tablespoon pine nuts (although optional, these make pesto authentic!)

3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese

1/2 to 1/3 cup olive oil

For the Salad

Enough salad greens for your family

1 cup nuts: pecans, walnuts, almonds, peanuts

1/8 cup sugar

1 tablespoon honey

1 cup fresh fruit: strawberries, grapes, apples, oranges

Avocado (optional)

1 small red onion

Feta cheese (optional)

For the Salad Dressing( I don’t use measurements for this one)

Olive oil

Strawberry or Raspberry jam

Apple cider vinegar, or balsamic vinegar, or white 



For 1 medium loaf of bread:

2 ½ Tbsp. butter

1 tbsp sugar or honey

2/3 cup parmesan cheese

¾ tsp salt

1 ½ tsp garlic powder

1 tsp rosemary

3 cups flour ( you can use any combination of flour you like) I will use 1/3 white 1/3 oat and 1/3 wheat

1 ½ tsp instant yeast


I will need a couple of people to bring food processors and kitchen aids unless we want to knead the bread by hand…boring! 

We will need small knives to cut fruit


Basting brush if you have one (not necessary)

Salad bowl

Dish for raw meat

Dish for pesto

Container with a tight lid for salad dressing

Pan or stone to bake bread on

Mixing bowl for bread

Plastic wrap or towel for bread 

We will be caramelizing nuts so we need a couple sheet pans for that and a couple of saucepans


Joan Richards said...

Hi Rebecca,
I am planning on attending this week (June 26). Sounds like something fun and different for me.

Jean Wimmer said...

Hey Rebecca,
If it is not too late, I would like to participate in the cooking class on Friday also.
Jean Wimmer

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