May 14, 2006

Gourmet Institute - Program Gourmet has announced the program for the 2006 Gourmet Institute. As many of you know, because you voted I won the December 'Cook the Cover' challenge with my Black & Tan cookie recipe, I am all geared to attend this all paid foodie extravaganza. The program, as you can see, is a smorgasbord of culinary bites. The editors contacted me and encouraged, nay insisted I make my selections immediately. Here's what I've selected. Saturday - I've created an around the world cooking lesson program. I hope my taste buds are up to the challenge. Mastering Moles with Roberto Santibañez of New York's popular Rosa Mexicano. Chef Santibañez has won many awards and writes for Gourmet, Bon Appetit and Martha Stewart Living. Trained in Paris via his hometown of Mexico City he is well-known for his application of French technique to sophisticated and contemporary Mexican dishes. I certainly hope he's going to let us in on the secrets behind his white mole, a blend of almonds, capers and olives. Africa on My Mind taught by the incomparable Marcus Samuelsson. Aquavit, the restaurant which he owns and serves as executive chef was one of my first serious dining experiences. It's one of those outstandingly remarkable meals that is crystal clear in my mind. He's long spoken of opening an Ethiopian restaurant, perhaps this is where I'll get my first exposure and taste of what he's planning. New Indian Cooking with Floyd Cardoz of Tabla and Bread Bar whom New York Magazine defines...


what happens to the hole when the donut is gone?

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