Last Sunday I cashed in on a Christmas gift to take a class
at The Chopping Block at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago
with my girls.
The first recipe was quick and tasty - Bacon-Wrapped Dates -
with Cream of Balsamic.
Here we have Courtney - a friend of the girls - and Natalie
getting ready to chop!!
Since I am an expert at rolling dough,
I was the choice to roll the empanada dough.
And I even got a shout out from our chef!!
Here is Alison making them!
And here they are - Black Bean & Cilantro Empanadas!!
A group effort!!
And Baked Goat Cheese in Tomato Sauce with baguette slices.
This was served hot and was delish.
And the best for last - Chicken and Chorizio Paella!!
Alison handled the stirring duties under the watchful eye of our chef.
And, yes, it was as good as it looks!!
In the room across the hall the cooking class was
Cupcake Boot Camp
and you should have seen the cupcakes they were making!!