Announcing Fiesta De La Cocina Que Canta!

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A Food Enthusiast’s Special Week At Rancho La Puerta And Our Cooking School,
La Cocina Que Canta

September 28 – October 5, 2013

MadisonJoin famed cookbook author and chef Deborah Madison—along with esteemed chef/writers John AshMarie SimmonsNani Steele and our own Denise Roa—at our semi-annual Culinary Week this year!

In the future we’ll profile each of our chefs, but let’s talk a bit about Deborah Madison first. She evokes so much of what The Ranch “is about!”

First, have you ever been to GREENS in San Francisco’s Ft. Mason area for incredible vegetarian cuisine served literally “over the Bay?” Founding chef Deborah Madison has long since moved to a little town near Santa Fe, New Mexico, but her imprimatur—and creative genius—remains at Greens in force. It’s a don’t-miss experience in The City.

Deborah has been to the Ranch many times and her classes are thorough, intensely focused, and revolutionary for those of us who want a deeper command of delicious vegetarian cooking. Deborah’s latest book “Vegetable Literacy” delves into the most arcane and delicious secrets of vegetables. Did you know that kohlrabi leaves are edible? As well as broccoli leaves? Or that spinach is a “goosefoot?” This is an instant classic…deliciously so.

This year’s Culinary Week will feature hands-on classes with our guest chefs, plus a WINE COUNTRY TOUR, plus DINNER IN EL LUGAR DE NOS (Tecate’s hottest new restaurant), and more…

Culinary Week Package $495 per person + tax PLUS 10% off any available room*.

Call our experience planners
for more details.
877-440-7772

*For this special discounted rate the Culinary Package & room must be booked by August 1, 2013. Space is limited.

Learning to Cook Moroccan Cuisine at La Cocina Que Canta Part 2

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It’s not just about the food, it’s about the experience.  That was the most important lesson I took away from the wonderful cooking class taught by Denise and Meadow Linn at our organic farm and cooking school, La Cocina Que Canta. In Part 1, I posted some photos of our cooking class and collecting our ingredients in the garden. In this post, you see the final product! And let me tell you, it was delicious! Below is the Moroccan menu we prepared, made even more wonderful by all the beautiful flowers decorating the table, fresh from the garden. This is farm-to-table at its best.

The Menu for the Hands On Cooking Class with Visiting Chefs Denise and Meadow Linn

Entree:

Vegetarian Kefta (Moroccan Spiced Meatball with Firm High Protein Tofu)

Soup:

Curried Carrot and Apple Soup

Salad:

Arabian Chopped Salad

Whole Grain:

Whole Grain Tabbouleh

Vegetables:

Casablanca Carrots

Raita

Tunisian Garbanzo Beans with Harissa

Dessert:

Tahini Balls + Fresh Oranges

Coconut Lace Cookies

Everything was delicious! My favorites were the soup, the garbanzo bean salad and of course the desserts. A huge thanks to Denise and Meadow Linn for making this class so special.

Learning to Cook Moroccan Cuisine at La Cocina Que Canta Part 1

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The cooking classes at the Ranch are my favorite way to spend the afternoon. Recently, I was lucky enough to attend a class at our organic farm, La Cocina Que Canta, for a cooking class taught by Denise and Meadow Linn. Denise is a world-renowned author of feng shui and space clearing books. Together with her daughter, Meadow Linn, they co-authored The Mystic Cookbook, which not only has delicious recipes, but also celebrates the joy and spiritual side of cooking.

Before the cooking began, we went out to the gardens to pick our veggies for the class. All of our cooking classes incorporate some sort of farm-to-table aspect, since our Cocina is located on a six-acre organic farm. It’s always so fun to see what’s in season, and at this time of year, there are so many flowers in bloom – it’s gorgeous!  When we got to cooking, Denise put on some Moroccan music for our Moroccan inspired menu, which really put us in the spirit! Meadow shared with us wonderful stories about why each recipe is so special. The photos above of part one of the cooking class; our guest chefs Denise and Meadow with our chef Denise Roa, being out in gardens, Meadow demonstrating and the plethora of organic veggies that would soon be cooked.

Stay tuned for Part Two to see what we made…