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And Great Food and Fun Was Had by ALL

By Jane Butelâ„¢  January 1, 2001

group photo, Oct 09 weOur October 9 - 11, 2009 weekend, full-participation cooking class was such fun and just a hoot.  We cooked with the colorful balloons overhead on Saturday.    In all, we had 11 participants.  Four were one day attendees and the balance took all three sessions.  Those attending were all such good cooks and enjoyed each other's company so much.

Terry Gary from Oklahoma City came back for the Sunday session just to learn tamales again--she attended in February, 2008,  also.  She is planning a festive tamale party for several friends and really wanted to make sure she knew how to make them.

And, then we had the flour gals from Texas and Florida, Beverly and Sandra, both formerly from Texas, who made the most amazingly fluffy, golden puffs of sopaipillas and yummy, soft, round and thin homemade flour tortillas--both during the Saturday session.  And then, they volunteered to make the empanadas on Sunday and created tender, moist and flaky pastry for the delicious apricot and raisin filled little delights dusted with powdered sugar.

Teri Gary making a tamale Oct 09 classSue May from Colorada has been such a loyal and enthusiastic spirit.  She has taken my on-line school, subscribed to my "Cooking with Jane" and then came to this class.  Sue is a terrific chile cook and cooked away with great success in each class.

A Mother, daughter and Father, the Crase family,  all came from California and made  beautiful composed nachos the first night that really set off the "Perfect Walk Home Margaritas", made with Reposada Herradura tequila--the good stuff.

Roz from Albuquerque cooked with Sue May and with both of them being excellent cooks, all of their dishes were totally amazing.  They made the beautiful and crispy chicken tostados perfectly. 

Rounding out the group were two friends from Southern California, Shawn Lee and Marijia Micic, who came onjon and SAndy Lee at Oct 09 we class Saturday only and really cooked up a storm, creating the carne adobada and the Green CHile Chicken Enchiladas, which were so delicious.

We have one more weekend cooking class this year and have made it half price or $525 which is the last half price school I will do.  I would love to cook with you all--this last class is November 13-15, 2009.


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