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Chef Stacy believes that cooking from scratch and using the best ingredients are the secrets to preparing delicious and memorable meals. She has created dozens of classes for the home chef and teaches students how to master culinary techniques and recipes in just one session. Read on to see what she's dishing up for The Oakland Press today....

Monday, August 30, 2010

Recipe Contest

In the coming days, our recipe contest will be discussed in an article in the Oakland Press, written by Jane Peterson.
In the meantime, our favorite photographer, Sandy Topping came to the Mirepoix classroom last night to take photos of the winners in two of the categories.

I think the most interesting aspect of this recipe contest was the vigorous testing process we engaged in to ensure that the winning recipes were not only delicious, but written in a way that is easy to follow without any additional doctoring. We tested lots of recipes, taking careful notes and comparing and contrasting. There were so many interesting, creative and different recipes to try. After three rounds of testing, we had to take a break from the process and come back to the kitchen with a rejuvenated appetite!

In the end, three winners were selected and we were all thrilled with the outcome. Each recipe was a reflection of the simple and satisfying tastes of the season, highlighting fresh ingredients that come together to create some light and irresistible dishes that you just wanted to keep tasting; which is the ultimate deciding factor when comparing and contrasting some very delicious recipes.

When you read the recipes, you'll notice that they are relatively straightforward preparations with some familiar ingredients. Nothing flashy, just fresh flavors. Enjoy!


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