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Broward County Restaurants Examiner: Cooking lessons & fine eating; combined in one great experience

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Broward County Restaurants Examiner: Great Food & Atmosphere at Dada’s restaurant

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French mini pastries

French mini pastries

I am so glad I found out about Chef Jean Pierre Cooking School; I have been looking for school like this with crash courses on cooking and baking,  it’s finally here. Actually, it has been around for a few years and with a full calendar of cooking and baking classes. My first class was French mini pastries with Chef Rob Sobkowski; he has been in the Food Network a few times and even won the Bridge Challenge Competition. So, you know you are learning from the best! The class was hands-on and I left with two boxes full of mini eclairs, cream puffs, and fruit tarts; and were they just so delicious. The cost for these classes are at least $120 but it was a 4 hour class; they give all of the ingredients, recipe, break with delicious hand food and best of all you leave the class with all of the delicious French pastries you just made! In addition, there is an assistant cleaning up after your mess and replacing your area with all new ingredients ready for the next step. I felt like Emeril!!! Just having fun and no worries about measuring and cleaning up. Also, all of the ingredients were weighed not measured with measuring cups; that’s how the pros do it. Chef Rob recommends getting a digital scale for proper measurent.

See what I brought home and I still have some left over tart dough and pastry cream that can be used for another fruit tart or creme bruelle! The cream will only last about 3 days in the refrigerator and cannot go in the freezer and the dough can be freezed for up to 3 months.

Next week I will have a post about the Chocolate Truffle class – stay tunned!

Download Chef Rob French pastry recipes – Pate a Choux, pastry cream, basic tart dough, basic chocolate ganache

Eclairs with chocloate ganache

Eclairs with chocloate ganache

Chef Rob Sobkowski teaching

Chef Rob Sobkowski teaching

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oh boy, last week was bumpy; actually the last few months have been bumpy for all of us. For me, signs of the bad economy are 30% loss on my 401(k), about 20% loss on my IRA Roth, my house lost equity and it’s about $20K less than what I paid for a few years ago, gas prices up and now, one good thing, going down now. Does anyone really think a the new president will fix this bad economy? I hope so, it’s like hurricane preparation, hope for the best but prepare for the worst.

Well, for some people at my job, the signs of bad economy were right up on their faces; about 7 people got fired at my job last week; I couldn’t believe it. But, besides the bad economy, of courses, performance also counts. Even a couple veteran employees were let go. I was thinking, am I next? I think my position is safe, but you just never know. I know my work is done in my department; even when some big wig called me to alert me about little talk between me and my co-worker, but  what’s weird is that this boss did not realize that we don’t take smoke breaks and others in her dept. do, at least 2-3 times a day, they take a 15 minute smoke break and my 5 min talk to break the day is bad… I guess I should start smoking and that would be ok. Well, we just keep on trucking.

So, to get the bad economy blues away, my hubby and I decided to go out for a dinner Saturday night and take a walk after, just do window shopping and enjoy the nice weather. And, I was also hoping to get home and see Sara Palin on SNL in a funny skit with with Tina Fay. But now, Palin did some small talk with Alec Baldwin and did a lame intro to SNL; and that was it. Very disappointed with Palin, oops, that seems to be the pattern LOL – But, I guess, I migh have missed some more of Palin on SNL, check out the video at http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblogs/TWSFP/2008/10/palin_raises_the_roof_on_snl.asp

Some more Sarah Palin vidoes here http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22425001/vp/27267525#27267525

Sarah Palin funny videos

Sarah Palin funny videos

Have a nice week!

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I was asking, so who is this guy that McCain is talking about all the time in the last few days? Who is Joe the Plumber? Well, apparently he got upset with Obama’s plan for taxing people making more than $250 K – Wow, what kind of plumbing is he installing that the guy makes more than that? Make a note to NEVER call Joe the Plumber in to fix your toilet!

 

Another fact about Joe the Plumber, he apparently has a tax lien in his house and he is not even a licensed plumber – only in America!!!

 

Watch this video with Joes the Plumber funny bits

 

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I just received an email form a friend with a very important video about IBC; a not so common form of breast cancer and also not known by a lot of women and even doctors. Watch this video

 

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