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Building a Galette

The first of what we hope will be a recurring opportunity happened at The Spectrum at Val Vista HOA facility on February 13th, 2015.  The the main subject was an apple galette. A galette is a rustic tart or pie.  Like a pie it can be savory or sweet, filled with vegetables or fruit.  What makes it different from a pie is that you don't need or use a pie plate and the free form requires a lot less fuss.  Since no one is expecting a perfectly pinched fluted crust, it is a great pastry for a beginning baker or cook.  Residents of The Spectrum at Val Vista really enjoyed constructing a tasty galette to take home and bake.

Galette Picture

When the students arrived, I made sure the air was filled with the aroma of cinnamon and apples.  The step by step instruction session included a printed recipe handout.  We used the prerolled pie crust from the dairy section of the supermarket.  While these are mostly rolled out, we made them a little larger and thinned the outer 2 inches.  What do you do when you have 14 students and one rolling pin?  We used an available resource - the wine bottles that were there for the raffle!

Building a Galette

While the galette was baking, I prepared a Valentines Day favorite - pan roasted Fillet Mignon.  A side of asparagus flavored with garlic, olive oil, parmesan cheese roasted to perfection.  There was just enough to provide a small sample for everyone.

Our next class is planned for Friday May 15, 2015 - we'll be rolling fresh pasta!  For information about the class email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  The class is open to any of The Spectrum at Val Vista Wine Bottle as Rolling Pinresidents.

If you are not a resident of The Spectrum at Val Vista and want to participate in a locally delivered learning opportunity have your HOA contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Classes can also be arranged for any group or organization.



Products from Internet Cooking School and Bread Technique

I began with in 2006 and in 2010 determined that a larger audience could be addressed that encompassed both baking and cooking.  Because the concept grew in this way a new URL was acquired and the business model changed a bit.  The new URL is the one you are visiting now.  Eventually, the Bread Technique site will simply direct you here.  I haven't done that yet because of the number of people who still visit Peter Reinharts Q and A Forum.  If you are a bread maker check it out!  The first posting tells you how to join if you are interested.  Unfortunately spammers began to plague the site and I was spending too much time trying to figure out who was a bread maker and who wanted to post advertisements.  The registration is now accomplished by email to me with a short description of your interest in the forum.

Amazon now streams the entire bread making series from Bread Technique and has began shipping the DVD versions too.  The division of Amazon that does this is called Amazon Video on Demand.  If you purchase direct from Internet Cooking School using the Bread Technique eBay store you'll get a printed recipe card with the video.  The AVOD option doesn't include this feature.

I have recently picked up customers this year in Greece, Israel, Germany, England, Brazil, Argentina and Canada.  It has been rewarding to see momentum build over the last seven years and I look forward to slow and steady growth to continue.

What else would you like to see in this resource?  I'm open to your ideas so please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Slow Down and Enjoy the Kitchen!

Some cooks see time in the kitchen as a chore.  Not me: I enjoy almost every moment.  If you are a fan of television shows that purport to show you how to create a meal in less than half an hour, you probably won't enjoy this site.  At site you will find recipes, links, video and offerings to help you make the most of your time in the kitchen.  You won't find anything that urges you to get out of the kitchen. On this site TODAY you can see an example of what video instruction can be, in our comfort food cooking series premier presentation, Meatloaf and Baked Potatoes! This sample video lesson is presented in its entire length free of charge.  You can even download a recipe card.

My approach to teaching kitchen skills can be described as visual and conversational.   There will be lots of sample video.  This is an extension of the teaching approach I used with Bread Technique where hundreds of people have employed my instructional videos in learning to make bread. takes the same concept to a different level, allowing novice home cooks to learn new skills and try new things.  Experienced cooks may also enjoy the recipes that are posted.  Some bakers and cooks may like the idea of referring someone who needs help to the site.

I believe there can be 90 to 180 minutes of enjoyment in any meal. Up to 60 minutes are spent in the consumption of the food and the balance is the time spent cooking.  Of course there are times when you make or buy a sandwich to eat on the go.  Quickly consuming food this way is not a meal as much as it is maintenance feeding.  We are all busy.

It isn't practical to think that every time you eat it should be a fully executed meal.  Weekend days or days off from work are ideal times to enjoy your kitchen time and to take in the aroma of freshly chopped onions and garlic sautéed in olive oil or the surprisingly intense fragrance of sliced cucumbers.  When fresh food ingredients come to the kitchen, so does the family! These cooking aromas will permeate your home and call people together.  The family will arrive with their hunger ramped up and ready!

I suggest you make some time to cook when you can, express yourself, stretch your skills and become comfortable in an apron.  Whether you are cooking for friends, family or for a large event, cooking is simply an expression of love and appreciation.

Write me with questions, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Here are the five titles that are in the works for Series One, Set One:

Lesson 1 Meatloaf and Baked Potatoes, complete with roasted garlic sour cream topping

Lesson 2 Stuffed Peppers

Lesson 3 One Chicken Two Meals - Part One featuring how to deal with a whole chicken, use the breasts for pan roasted chicken and roasted root crop.  In part one you use the rest of the chicken to make stock for part two!

Lesson 4 One Chicken Two Meals - Part Two featuring a delicious and hearty pot pie.

Lesson 5 Pot Roast with Hearty Vegetables showing just how to get an inexpensive chunk of beef to fall apart with a fork.

The titles are avaliable now for shipping on July 15th. Click on the menu item at the top of this page to learn more.

Last Updated (Sunday, 22 March 2015 09:16)