Cooking Demo w/Nancy Silverton and Giveaway!

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On April 2nd, Jodi and I went to the Macy’s Cooking Demonstration with Chef Nancy Silverton.  We got there a bit early because we got the opportunity to interview the Chef before watching her cook for us!  I had my notes all prepared that I wanted to ask her.  I wasn’t sure how much time we had so I just came up with a few.

Let me start there.

We were led back to a room where Chef Nancy was sitting by a table filled with fruits, breads, wine glasses.  She was sitting in a chair and welcomed us as soon as we walked in.  She is a very friendly person and I know I felt comfortable right away (though I was nervous).

Two Girls Cooking:  You started working in a dorm kitchen when you were 18 years old.  Did you expect at that time that you would be a well known chef and cookbook author?

Chef Nancy: NO!! I started working in the kitchen because the guy there was pretty cute!  Then I had this is what I want to do epiphany!!

Two Girls Cooking: Raising kids can be challenging, owning a restaurant can be as well.  How do you manage to balance it all?

Chef Nancy:  You make it work.  You have responsibilities and you know what you need to do.  Back then I had to travel a lot.  They didn’t have technology as they did now.  It made things more difficult.  Being away was hard at times.

Two Girls Cooking:  Who inspired you and why?

Chef Nancy:  Wolf Gang Puck and Alice Waters.  Alice Waters for sure.  She inspired me because of the food she cooked – she was a farmers market enthusiastic.   She was the true pioneer cooker.

Two Girls Cooking:  What is your favorite recipe that you’ve created?

Chef Nancy:  All of my bread recipes.  Breads for La Brea Bakery.  That was my teaching path.

Two Girls Cooking:  What is your advice to women in the food industry?

Chef Nancy:  Take your job seriously and do the best that you can.  You have to do it because you have passion for it.  Do it for the right reasons.

We had some small talk discussions during each question.  It was very interesting to hear how she made her way from the 18 year old dorm kitchen worker to a renowned Chef and Pizzeria owner, and not just one!

After the interview Chef Nancy signed a copy of her latest cook book “The Mozza Cookbook“.  That was a very nice surprise.  Jodi and I thought that we were going to have to pay for the book and then wait in line to have it signed!  It felt very personal (at least for me it did!!).  She took time to meet with a few chosen bloggers and then signed her book for us.  That is something Jodi and I will remember.

We gave our gratitude to Nancy and were led back to the Home Department in Macy’s.  We got signed in, were given our badges and found reserved seats right in the front row!!  We put our jackets down to save our seats and we wandered around looking for something to buy so that we could get another cookbook so that we could share with our readers a signed copy.  We’ll get to that in a bit!

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Here’s a picture of Jodi and me standing by the cooking area where Chef Nancy will give her demonstration.

We had about 30 minutes to walk around until, finally the moment came that we had been waiting for!

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We started off with Nick’s Kumquat Acqua Fresca (this was really refreshing – it has basil leaves and cucumber slices in it!).

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Next was the Lemon Vinaigrette that went the Kale Salad.

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I don’t think that either Jodi and I were fans of anchovies, but I have to say that I really didn’t mind eating this salad knowing I’d be eating that.  The salad had great flavor!

Next we watched Sweet Gem Lettuce w/Bufala Mozzarella, Cucumber & Yogurt.

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The best way to incorporate the dressing is to use your hands.  We wanted to ask what Chef’s favorite kitchen utensils were but forgot!  We were glad that she told us during this demo.  Her first favorite kitchen item is the micro plane.  (I had to ask Jodi because I could not remember the name of this thing!!).  And the 2nd is her hands.  She said that is the best way to make sure that each piece of lettuce is getting coated with the dressing.  Using tongs won’t touch each piece!

This salad was SO good.

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Out of all the recipes that we got to watch and taste, this is one I will make.  I haven’t gotten through the cookbook yet to make something new, but this one I know will be good.  I’m not sure if I’ll find the Sweet Gem Lettuce, but it’s worth searching!  She did say if you couldn’t find the Sweet Gem you could substitute it with Romaine lettuce.  Not sure if it would be the same for me since I’ve tasted it!  Just watching her cut the lettuce was fascinating to me!!

And finally we watched her prepare our dessert.  Rosemary-Pine Nut Cookies.

I’m a huge, huge fan of Pine Nuts.  I love them in my pasta sauce.  I love them in salads.  But I have never even thought to put them in a cookie along with Rosemary. I’ve never thought to put any herb or that type of a nut in anything sweet!  Trying to be optimistic about this cookie I watched her make it.  Knowing in my head that it was going to be a nice surprise.

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So good.  I think I may try these as well.  I have to say I really didn’t think I’d like the Rosemary on there.  But it gave it a great flavor.  And who am I to doubt a chef?  A chef that has cookbooks and owns more than one restaurant!

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Here are some pictures of her cooking:

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After we got to taste this awesome food, we got in line to get our cookbook signed for our give away!!

I noticed that no one was asking if they could have their picture taken with her.  But those that know me know I’m not shy.  I wanted my picture taken with her and so I had to ask!!

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Those of my Stella & Dot followers will notice that I have the beautiful Gitane necklace paired with the Interlock Cross (yeah I had to go there…sorry)!

It was an honor to interview Chef Nancy, watch her prepare the food and the best was getting to eat what she made for us!  You can really tell that she does have great passion for food.  She truly enjoys what she does!  It shows with every move she makes in the kitchen and the care she puts into each recipe she makes.

Thank you to Macy’s for inviting us to this event.  This is one that we won’t soon forget!

Now..for the giveaway (I purchased a new Pizza Stone in the Home Department to get this cookbook to give away).  There are just a few fun things you have to do.

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1.  Like our Facebook page and come back and leave a comment that you did so:  www.facebook.com/CookingGirls2

2.  Like us both on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/godzgirl37 & http://www.twitter.com/jodi_lee (leave a comment that you’ve done so)

3.  Tell us what inspires you to cook.

4.  Like us both on Pinterest – http://pinterest.com/jodi_lee/ & http://pinterest.com/ppeterson43/.  Leave a comment that you’ve done so.

We will pick a winner on Friday, April 12th.  We will use random.org to select the winner.  We will announce it on our FB page and send you out an email.  If we do not hear within 24 hours we will select a new winner.

If you want any of the recipes in full detail, please contact us and let us know.

Thanks for taking the time to share the fun that we had that day!!

Two Girls Cooking – Jodi & Patricia 😉

Thanks to Everywhere Society and the Culinary Council

Culinary Council Chef Nancy Silverton Cooking Demo

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A couple of years ago, Jodi and I were invited by the Culinary Council at Macy’s to meet Cat Cora!  We were so excited.  We got to meet other fellow bloggers too!

Today we got an invite from Everywhere Social to meet Nancy Silverton at Macy’s, Tuesday, April 2nd at noon.  Nancy is a co-owner of Pizzeria Mozza and Mazza2go  in Los Angeles, as well as Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza in Singapore!!!  How cool is that!  I can’t wait to see her new cookbook, watch her make some recipes and most importantly, we get to sample her cooking!

Nancy Silverton is an American chef and baker. She has authored several cookbooks and has been at the forefront of efforts to revitalize sourdough and artisan breads in the United States.

Getting these opportunities makes being a “foodie” really fun and so worth it!

This is super exciting!  As a blogger, I know I love getting invites to demonstrations like this.  It gives me an opportunity to watch and taste great recipes from a professional!  Watch and taste a professional’s cooking!  I can’t say enough!  Can you sense my excitement!!

I can’t imagine what it would feel like to own pizzerias (more than one!!) AND have several cookbooks.  I have a hard time keeping up with what I’m going to make and blog for in a week!  I enjoy just this simple part of my life but what Nancy does is amazing!  I can’t wait to meet her.

I read a very interesting article about Nancy on Detroit News.   Just makes this even more exciting.  (Plus I get to shop at Macy’s!!!!)

Here are a couple of Nancy’s books:

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The Mozza Cookbook is her eight book that she’s written!!!

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During the event and book signing we also have the opportunity to see the unique gardens and the beautiful flower display.  If we spend $35 in the in the Home Department, receive a $10 Macy’s gift card and a copy of her book, The Mozza Cookbook, which she will be on hand to sign following the culinary demonstration!

What:  Nancy Silverton Cooking Demonstration

When:  April 2, 2013 at 12pm

Where:  Macy’s Minneapolis, Lower Level
700 On The Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Look for the post next week after meeting Nancy.  I’m sure there will be an awesome recipe that I can give a try and post for you.

I’m hoping to get an extra signed copy of Nancy’s cookbook so that we can have a giveaway!!!

Make sure to stop by on Facebook and like our page Two Girls Cooking Blog!!

Two Girls Cooking – Patricia 😉

I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere provided me with compensation for this post about Macy’s Culinary Council.  However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.

Cat Cora Invite!!

Iron Chef Cat Cora

Today Jodi and I got a super cool email that we wanted to share with all of our friends and foodie groupies!!  Here’s what the email said:

Hi Jodi and Patricia,

I just discovered Two Girls Cooking, and I was so excited to see your recipe for sweet and sour chicken. I love to cook, but often find myself ordering in, so I was thrilled to find this recipe. A few weeks ago I made chicken curry to take a stab at typical take-out Indian food, so I’m excited to now try take-out Chinese at home! Thanks!!

Anyway, I work with Macy’s, and since I know from experience what a cool blog Two Girls Cooking is, I wanted to be sure to let you know about an upcoming event happening in Edina June 5th. Cat Cora will be hosting a free cooking demo at Macy’s Southdale. She will cook up a few recipes from her new book Classics with a Twist, and then she will be available to sign her book and greet fans. It sounded like something that might be right up your alley. Here’s more of the nitty gritty of the event…

WHAT:
Cat Cora, Macy’s Culinary Council Chef, will host a cooking demonstration and book signing at Macy’s Southdale at Southdale Center in Edina. She will be featuring recipes from her new cookbook Cat Cora’s Classics with a Twist.

WHO:
Both on and off-screen, Chef Cat Cora has continued to make a lasting impression on the culinary community. In 2005, Cat made television history on Food Network’s Iron Chef America as the first and only female Iron Chef, and in November 2006 Bon Appétit magazine bestowed her with their Teacher of the Year Award. That month, she was also honored with another great culinary distinction when she was named Executive Chef of the magazine. In December 2008, Cat launched CCQ (Cat Cora’s Que) at Macy’s new Signature Kitchen restaurant in California’s South Coast Plaza location. Inspired by her own unique barbeque traditions, Cat designed CCQ as a fast casual concept that defines her passion for global BBQ, offering various sauces and flavors. She also opened Kouzzina (Greek for “kitchen”) at Walt Disney World’s BoardWalk Resort, in the fall of 2009. Kouzzina offers a menu of Mediterranean-style cuisine that pays tribute to the Cat’s Greek roots. She has also authored three cookbooks, Cat Cora’s Kitchen and Cooking From The Hip: Fast, Easy, Phenomenal Meals and Cat Cora’s Classics With a Twist, which is set to be released in June.
Cat will be on hand following the cooking demonstration to greet fans and autograph her latest cookbook Cat Cora’s Classics with a Twist, which will be available to purchase at the event.

RSVP:
The event is free. Seating is limited. Please call 1.800.329.8667 to reserve a space. For more information, please visit www.macys.com/culinarycouncil.

WHEN:
Saturday, June 5
2 PM

MORE INFO: http://pitch.pe/66232

We would be so thrilled if you two would be able to make it out to the event. If you will be able to come, just let me know, and I will set you guys up with a press pass and VIP treatment.  🙂

Also, if you think this is something your readers might be interested in, please feel free to pass the word along to them. Hope to hear from you soon, and again, thanks for the sweet and sour chicken recipe!!

All the best,

Sarah

How exciting is this?!

So if you’re interested in going, please send an RSVP.   If you’re going to be traveling to the MN area and are interested, RSVP as well.

This is such an honor!

Jodi/Patricia

Two Girls Cooking

Chef Cat Cora