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    Thursday
    Jul282011

    The House Of William...

    Here I am in Sonoma, CA.. a few miles west of Napa.. Full of just as many great wineries.. But no not with a French Laundry.. But it was the house of William. 1956.. Right off of the main plaza of Sonoma, Chuck Williams started his first store William-Sonoma. After trips to France of purchasing beautiful copper pots he decided to start the beginning of his first store. His second store was placed in San Francisco, where most of the shoppers came from. He revolutionized the cooking industry. 

    This October he will turn 96. He is one of the greats! I was fortunate to teach in his “Grand Cuisine” stores and also co-guest on the Tom Fitzmorris radio show in New Orleans.. Don’t ask me what we talked about. I was just excited to be sitting next to the icon.

    I am here again teaching and sharing the love of food here at Ramekins. It’s a unique location with a number of kitchens, patio and the top level is an Inn with 6 rooms. It’s as close to Tuscany/Provence you can get.  It has been 10 years since I have taught here and this trip I am more in the moment.. Walking the plaza, enjoying the city and the people. Last nights class was Fast and Easy Appetizers from my 650 Best Food Processor Recipes book. Tonight’s Class is on Sauces. Funny. Joannie Weir will be teaching in the kitchen next to mine.. We both for years crisscross the country teaching but never in the same city unless it’s a convention.

    Here is a recipe from last night:

    Chicken Cakes with Herb Mayo

    Julie from class finishing the cakes with the Dill Mayo. 

     

    Tuesday
    Jul262011

    The Beginning.... 

    In 1981 I hand typed all of my recipes for my new upcoming class on Chocolate. We really didn’t have the Internet or the ease of email. I recall typing 6 recipes out and putting them together for my first class I was going to teach. Just recently one of my students from that class was in a current class and brought her prized chocolate stained recipes. 8 cookbooks later and thousands of recipes and classes later here I am finally putting together a new website. It will be full of recipes blogging content and travels. 

    I do hope that you print out a few of the recipes so you can get chocolate all over them too.

    Here is a recipe from that first class:

    Chocolate Raspberry Mousee Torte

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Enjoy!

     

    George Geary

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