A Night of Surprises
Ahhhh....it's autumn. Today's rainy weather set the tone perfectly for my October menu packed with comfort foods. Autumn Sangria, Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip, Chicken Pot Pie Soup with Gruyere Pie Crust Dunks, and....
Deep Dish. Salted Caramel. Apple Pie.
I started the class by serving up my personal favorite -- Autumn Sangria. It is so smooth, while not being overly sweet or boozy.
For my first surprise of the night...da-da-da-daaaaaa! Aimee celebrated her sixth Crème de la Crème class and was inducted into the ever so honorary, and official, Crème Club! She has been such a joy to have in class and I can't wait to see her rock her new "Crème Club" apron from now on.
The Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip is really pretty painless. I had another tiny little surprise for my students tonight...warm pretzel bowls. It is the perfect pairing. After my students tried it, they were brainstorming a million ways to incorporate this dip into every meal imaginable. I can't say I blame them...it's that good.
Next, we threw together the Chicken Pot Pie Soup. I have a couple of secrets to make it juicy, creamy, and flavorful. A simple pie crust dunk with gruyere cheese is a quick, pretty way to elevate the dish. I received the sweetest compliment from a student. She said that she doesn't even like chicken pot pie but the soup was delicious. I love that this is a more deconstructed way to approach a classic.
This is when the magic happens. The Deep Dish Salted Caramel Apple Pie came together...fabulously. I love to take a little bit from here and a little bit from there to create my own recipes. For the egg wash, I took a tip from my husband's Grandma Hattie. She had the most delicious way of topping her rhubarb pies.
For my final surprise of the night...I'm so excited to share something that I have been secretly working on! E-Creamery, an online ice cream shop based out of Omaha, Nebraska, recently contacted me to create my own ice cream flavor. I had so. much. fun! I decided to treat my October "Autumn Comfort" classes to the perfect pie and ice cream pairing: Deep Dish Salted Caramel Apple Pie with "Cinnamon Cream de la Crème".
You can recreate my recipe at https://www.ecreamery.com/create-your-own-flavor#. Thank you E-Creamery for treating my cooking classes this month! It got RAVE reviews from all of my students.
Cheers! XOXO Paula
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