This week I got to enjoy another kitchen demo with Chef Mickey Kitterman at Kitchen Conservatory. It was on a topic near and dear to my heart. He made recipes from my cookbook: Christmas at the Mansion, Its Memories and Menus. It was heartwarming to relive a meal, that I served at the Missouri Governor’s Mansion in the 90s.
A Lively Evening of Learning and Eating
Mickey fed, taught, and entertained about a dozen people sitting around the U-shaped counter of the open kitchen. While Mickey prepared the recipes, I responded to questions about the cookbook and meals served at the Mansion during the 8 years I lived there. (I threw in a few ghost stories as well.)
In a second kitchen, Margi Kahn taught a class entitled Breads from France. Robin signed up for the hands on bread class, where they made classic baguettes and orange-glazed almond fougasse (a lattice-shaped bread associated with Provence).
Margie gave tips for proofing yeast, kneading, and easy dough rising. I hope Robin paid close attention, ’cause I’m looking forward to some yeasty loaves showing up on my doorstep real soon.
Classes for One and All
There are classes for every interest and cooking skill. I’ve taken several of the courses and always enjoyed the food, instructors, and camaraderie. If you have a foodie on your Christmas list, think about giving one of the classes as a gift. I’m looking at the catalog now for a kid-adult class for my granddaughters and me. Great fun! And no kitchen clean up!
Register for classes in person, by phone or on the Kitchen Conservatory website. But first, take a look at what we ate on Thursday night.
Mansion Dishes Recreated
Kitchen Conservatory. 8021 Clayton Road. Open: Mon-Sat 9:30a-5:30p; Sun 12-5p.