Celebrating Mom

What a special Friday evening -- I had the pleasure of hosting a private cooking class for a mother and her four daughters.  And small world, because they went to high school with my husband!   On the menu ~ Cheesy Artichoke Squares, Spring Vegetable and Goat Cheese Tart, Herb Roasted Chicken, and Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding.

First, I wanted to have something yummy to snack on while we started cooking.  I prepared the Cheesy Artichoke Squares recipe in advance and shared my trick for fresh breadcrumbs.

Because the chicken takes a little while to roast in the oven, we started with that.  I think everyone needs a good roast chicken recipe on hand for entertaining.  This recipe is my go-to because it is so versatile for leftovers.  Herbs, lemons, and simple seasonings are all you need!

After we got a handle on the chicken, we whipped up the Spring Vegetable and Goat Cheese Tart. I use a combination of roasted and sautéed green veggies.  It comes out so light and fluffy.

Next up -- Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding.  Bittersweet chocolate is heavenly with the sweet croissants.  We created a custard for this recipe, let the croissants soak it up, and then baked away.

There is nothing better than the smell of a chicken roasting!  After it finished cooking, I tented it, and made a simple pan gravy.  I don't know what's better -- the chicken or those delicious veggies that soak up all the goodness from the roasting pan.

Thank you for spending your Friday evening at Crème de la Crème!  It was such a treat to have you in my kitchen.  Cheers! XOXO Paula