Scenes From Girls Night In Italy {Cooking Class}

by TaylorR

Here’s something you might not know about me…

I love throwing a good (no GREAT) dinner party.

I would much rather cook for my friends and serve free-flowing glasses of delicious wine than go out to a restaurant.

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From our annual holiday dinner party!

The intimacy, the love that goes into prepping and cooking, and the relaxed aura of friends sitting, talking about life, laughing freely and not having to worry about paying a check or getting up to make room for the next party…

…Well that makes the hours spent in the kitchen worth it.

Aside from the actual cooking part, I also love talking about cooking… what I do, how I make meals healthy while still retaining amazing flavor and showing off how easy it is to navigate the kitchen.

But I don’t get to do that to often… until now?

A Desire To Teach Healthy Cooking

For about a year now, I’ve been wanting to host a cooking class. But trying to find a location that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg while still offering plenty of space is hard… really hard!

Luckily, my friend Erin just moved into an amazing home with an amazing kitchen. <— I am in love!

And she shares my passion for healthy cuisine.

So, together we decided to host our first cooking class for a small group of boot camp clients. The theme?

“Girls Night In – Healthy Italian Style”

I planned the menu…

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And we worked together cooking, teaching and feeding some pretty amazing ladies!

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Of course we wanted to make it a wonderful experience for our clients and keep it as intimate as possible, especially for our “official” first class. We had 4 amazing ladies, which we felt was the perfect group…

Everyone got along, laughed, and drank wine for 3 hours as if we were long time girlfriends.

Here’re a few pictures to recap the night.

Girls Night In Italy

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First Course: Vegan Tepenade

We started off by making a vegan tepenade using soaked almonds, olives, garlic, basil… served on fresh, crunchy endive leaves.

With a few caperberries on the side. If you haven’t had a caperberry before, pick some up! The are so good!

Second Course: Fresh Greens Topped With Marinated Watermelon, Plantain Chips and a Sea Scallop

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This salad was a standout plate!

The marinated melon (in balsamic and champagne vinegar) paired amazingly with the plantain chips and sea scallop, which was just pan seared on the stove top with salt and pepper.

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There was also a few slivers of an amazing local cheese!

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The dressing… A homemade champagne vinaigrette.

Third Course: Spaghetti Squash Vegan Alfredo Sauce Topped With Local Shrimp

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The Alfredo Sauce was my classic, always a hit recipe found here. We roasted the squash and pan seared the shrimp to perfection!

Forth Course: Vegan Dark Chocolate Lava Cake

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Always a crowd pleaser, served right out of the oven! I based the recipe of my previous lava cake but made quite a few changes to make it completely flour free and even easier… top secret stuff ;)

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Oh The Wine!

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Erin and I paired each plate with a different wine! You know how much of a wino I am, so I loved this!

Being that it’s the dead of summer, each was a white wine ranging from a classic Sauvignon Blanc to a sparking champagne to toast the end of a wonderful evening!

We can not wait for September when we will host another cooking class! If you’re in Charleston, make sure to keep checking in so you can jump in!

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I would love to be able to do these every few weeks. I adore training, but nutrition is equally a passion and I would love to pursue it more!

Watch out Fit Women’s Weekly members! Maybe we can find a way to do these virtually and make it just as fun!?!?!

Have you ever taken a cooking class? What theme would interest you!?

 

  • http://www.itzyskitchen.com Erica

    ah! I totally want to come to the next one! Everything looks like it turned out awesome! Beautiful work!

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      Thank you! Yes, def. do the next one! I think we’re going to do a Brinner theme! I know you love brunch!

  • http://strengthandsunshine.wordpress.com Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    Yum, that all looks so good! And so much fun!

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      We had a blast!

  • http://www.TheTinyTerror.com Amy Lauren

    I saw where you guys were having this and really wanted to do it (I need to learn how to cook, honestly, and the menu sounded delicious). It sorta crept up on me and I was thinking it was another night when I had something going on, so yeah. Let me know if you have another one and I’ll probably be in on it. All of that food looks so good and it would be nice to do a girls night in.

    BTW, are you heading to the track Tuesday? I didn’t run this Tuesday (ended up running Fri-Sun, needed a day off). I’m thinking I’m well enough to handle some intervals :).

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      No unfortunately I won’t be able to go to the track for another week. We’re short staffed and I’ve been working double :(

      • http://www.TheTinyTerror.com Amy Lauren

        Ah okay- that’s cool! I may just do spin again that morning, or try to make it out to the Fleet Feet run that afternoon. I’ve noticed you guys have a LOT of boot camps going on lately.

  • Sheena

    All that food looks so delicious my tummy is rumbling thinking about it :) Looks like lots of fun and I’m glad it was a success!! Great job!

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      Thank you! It was yummy!

  • http://www.cottercrunch.com lindsay

    um… i’m jealous. I want to move there and be your neighbor!

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      Okay! I’m not crazy about our neighbor! Move right on in!

  • JulieW

    I don’t think a virtual class would taste as good! :P

  • http://day-with-kt.com Kim

    What a super fun idea!! Your friend’s kitchen looks amazing!!! I hope this is something you are able to do more and more of!

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