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Re: [cooking-415] Future Meetups to come soon (1) French cooking

From: Sally
Sent on: Wednesday, March 19, 2008 1:22 PM
Ms. Nasha,

What a great idea!!!!  I really like that!  Thank you so much. Yes, that's been my goal too, as being a busy mom myself with two very active boys and two small dogs (I used to), I still have huge collections of recipes I have tried and became their favorites.. I organize my recipes according to the ingredients. So I can tell what to cook if you have certain ingredients in the fridge and pantry. I also have collection of recipes using leftovers and change them into different meals so your hubby wouldn't recognize he's basically eating the same food yesterday!   I also have menus how to cook for a week. I used to go grocery shopping on Saturdays and cooked all day Sunday, making food, store them, freeze them so that during the week your job is minimized to prepare meal....I'd love to share those tips and I bet many other people want to share their ideas and tips....

As this is the field I really am passionate, I could go on and on, but it would be much better communicating on the message board instead of using email, so could you post your reply to the message board so that we can start discussion? 

Other thing is how to implement a system that works for everyone...Mom also needs to feel good, take care of herself, and the key to the successful family is that Mom is always happy and in smile....and to achieve this you should have a system not only for meals, but for cleaning, scheduling, taking kids from here and there, grocery shopping, gift buying, sending cards, organizing house, doing laundry, know, Mom do ten thousand different things a day, and maybe getting your husband and a little ones involved would be a good idea too.

As a matter of fact, I started teaching my kids how to cook when they were 4 or 5. With proper planning, encouragement and fun, kids can learn and actually do so many different things.

Also it's not a bad idea to sometimes declare that you're on VACATION.  Even if you are at home, you're taking vacation and do nothing, so other member needs to come up with ways to cover her absence while she enjoys her vacation. I know it sounds IMPOSSIBLE. But nothing is impossible until you try, and maybe Mom needs discipline herself not to pick up dirty socks, not to do everything for everybody, and have more flexible emotional muscle...Even if your kids try to bargain, threat, beg, play a game with you, you keep your strong self and tell them this is what Mom needs to do without nagging and being hysterical.

Oh, well, I could go on and on, but
Thank you again for the wonderful idea, and hope to meet you soon!


On Wed, Mar 19, 2008 at 12:56 PM, Ms.Nasha <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi Sally,
   I have a suggestion for a class, what about a class on easy to make recipes for busy moms and wives who work and come home with 101 things to do. I'd REALLY like that. Ingredients that were kids friendly as well as husband approved would really be beneficial. I know I'm not the only one whose got picky kids and a husband how thinks that hot dogs are suitable Monday thru Sunday.


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Subject: [cooking-415] Future Meetups to come soon (1) French cooking
Date: Wed, 19 Mar[masked]:57:55 -0400

Dear members,

I've been swamped with many different tasks for a past few weeks, but I just wanted to announce future meetups plans that I've been working on, and although I need to finalize details, I just wanted to let you know what kind of events are coming in the near future.

1. French cooking classes

1) General lessons for everyone including novice cooks

As you know I was very disappointed that the chef had an emergency, but i got this idea instead...

Judging from the RSVPs, french cooking seems to be our main interest and many of us want to learn. So instead of having just one class, I wanted to do that in a series of classes throughout the year.

I have contacted several chefs, but the main problem with everyone is schedule conflicts. So I asked our own members who are professional chefs themselves, and yes, they also have busy schedules, but they are more motivated because they belong to the group!! Thank you so much! So I think I'll be able to announce our first class later soon. And if you would like to be on our instructors team(sounds good, huh?!), please feel free to contact me.

(1) French Food 101 - very basic
(2) How to select good ingredients
(3) How to use and buy your tool of trade...utensils, appliances, and other useful tools
(4) How to plan a menu and cook efficiently doing multitasks
(5) How to follow, improve, and create your own recipes
(6) Regional cooking - Southen French, Northern French, Vietnamese French, Cajun, Nouvelle Cuisine, Californian French, French Japonais, etc.
(7) Pastry, like partir du sucre, gateaux au chocolat et gateaux sans beurre.... can they be healthier?!
(8) History of French cooking: What Catherine de' Medici brought to Henry and France, etc.
(9) Food preparation - safety 101
(10) How to set up a nice table and entertain your crowd
(11) How to showcase your food - Food presentation, arrangement, photo shoots
(12) French tea..

These are my ideas but if you could give me your ideas and requests, it would be more fun!

[About donated ingredients.]

I have told everyone that I'm going to give the donated ingredients from sponsors to the members who RSVPed Yes to the scheduled meetup. But I realized that some people had already dropped Yes RSVP because I wasn't able to post the location, and then after my announcement of giving away food, those spots were filled and I thought it's not really fair to the people who originally RSVPed and people who wanted to come, but unable to do that because it's already full.

So, I decided not to give out ingredients but I'll use them for the next classes.
Sorry for the confusion, but hope you understand my desire to be fair to each and every member and I thank you for that.

2) French cooking class for intermediate/advanced cooks

Another thing is that I made friends with the owner of this very good Japanese restaurant called "Bar Hayama" on Sawtelle Blvd. They are featured on an internet food program, and ranked 41, ahead of Matsuhisa(!) in the latest issue of Los Angeles food magazine. Toshi, the owner chef is the one who opened a California Sushi academy the very first time in 1999 in Venice. He's so nice, always wanting to help people understand food, and share the love of food. I'll post my photos taken with him later.

Not only they have good sushi and a bar, and very relaxed & romantic outside open hearth, one of the chefs is a noted French chef and they granted my request to teach us professional French cooking using their kitchen!

Through the questionnaire I previously sent to the members who RSVPed to find out what we want to learn about French cooking, I discovered the main interest is still on sauce.
And I also told you about the newsletter I created and posted on the File section. I put their information and the picture taken. The yellow sauce over asparagus and white fish was so out-of-this-worldly! (I like Paula So we are going to have a meetup to learn professional cooking to find out what makes a professional chef different than us amateur cooks. And as this is aimed for more experienced cooks, and they use fine ingredients, the fee would be higher than normal meetups.

And many more to come.. Please read on.


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