My cooking skills stem from watching my mom, Chopped, and Master Chef with lots of experiments following online recipes. Basically I get a craving, look up lots of ideas then through trial and error end up with something edible. This is why I am better behind the camera than in front of the stove. But, I will say that my culinary/baking skills are improving. I haven't had to many companies or leftovers recently..Yay!!
I do love to eat and have a foodie palate that has me trying everything in sight. Which led me to the doors of Southern Home and Kitchen in Winston Salem, NC. A delightful kitchen essentials store offering cooking classes.
Last week I had the opportunity to photograph the 'Main Dish Pasta Salads' instruction taught by Chef Michael Hastings. When I arrived, the counter was set for guests and I could smell chicken and pork chops sizzling in an iron skillet. Hello...these are my kinda people:)!
Three different pasta salads were developed, shrimp, pork, and chicken. Each with a unique twist of flavors amongst contrasting noodles. Fresh ingredients of vegetables, peaches, and seasonings had my mouth watering. I had to lower my camera to enjoy the basil aroma that filled the room.
Unfortunately I can't share any recipes with you today, but I can recommend joining a class! The best way to learn is to get started and see what you can do. I learned so much by just watching in between pics. So excited to try my hand at poaching peaches as well as making my own salad dressing..stay tuned this could get interesting!