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SAN RAMON VALLEY

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WELCOME  to our Cooking Class Activity Group!  

We started out the new year with comfort food – warm, wonderful soup.  We fixed a SIR classic Tuscan Chicken Stew made with beans, potatoes and Costco Chicken.  We just succeeded in having another 20 souls think this may be one of the best soups ever.  Along with the warm soup we served Skillet Cornbread that included bacon and the wonderful residual bacon fat.  We finished with Peach Blueberry Crunch, topped with vanilla ice cream.  The soup is sure to be one of your favorites if you give it a try.  Go to the website to get the recipe or email me.  You’ll be glad you did. 
 
For February we will stick with the soup theme.  [It IS still winter!]  We had a few requests for a seafood soup, so we will prepare Bouillabaisse (French Seafood Soup), with the French classic vegetable dish Ratatouille with a dessert and salad.  Come join us.  Thursday, February 16, 4:30 at the Alcosta Senior Center.  Sign up now – limited to 20 and spaces go fast. 
 
 
Thanks, all.  
 
John & Anne Noll
925-570-7073-M
 

Our Most Recent Session
 
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Alcosta Senior Center, Alcosta Blvd,  San Ramon
Jan 19, 2023
 
We started out the new year with comfort food – warm, wonderful soup.  We fixed a SIR classic Tuscan Chicken Stew made with beans, potatoes and Costco Chicken.  We just succeeded in having another 20 souls think this may be one of the best soups ever.  Along with the warm soup we served Skillet Cornbread that included bacon and the wonderful residual bacon fat.  We finished with Peach Blueberry Crunch, topped with vanilla ice cream.  The soup is sure to be one of your favorites if you give it a try.  Go to the website to get the recipe or email me.  You’ll be glad you did. 
 
 
Alcosta Senior Center, Alcosta Blvd,  San Ramon
Nov 17, 2022
 
Guest Chef Tahnee Proudfoot, Colin's daughter, was our guest chef in my absence. The group prepared garlic & Rosemary focaccia, Arancini (Stuffed rice balls), white wine & Sage chicken and Zabaglioni [Sicilian whipped dessert]. 
 
 
Alcosta Senior Center, Alcosta Blvd,  San Ramon
Oct 20, 2022
 
Another enjoyable October evening preparing the classic Chicken Marsala – key ingredients being lots of Marsala wine and lots of various mushrooms. We fixed that along with Roasted Root Vegetables (a salute to the fall harvest) and Apple Crisp, again to enjoy the fall apple harvest. All that along with a Simple Green Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes rounded out the evening feast.
 
 
Alcosta Senior Center, Alcosta Blvd,  San Ramon
Sep 15, 2022
 
We made an easy, tasty Spicy Crab & Greens soup.  Heirloom tomatoes are in their prime so we are preparing a Heirloom Tomato salad.   Then a simple Mussels in White Wine over pasta.  For dessert we will enjoy nature's berry bounty with a mixed berry delight.
 
 
Alcosta Senior Center, Alcosta Blvd,  San Ramon
Aug 18, 2022
 
We had an evening of chopping a lot of vegetables at our last Cooking session.  We prepared Gazpacho, which required cutting up 7-8 different veggies, pureeing half and enjoying the tomato-based soup super cold.  We cut up more vegetables and prepared Grilled Vegetables, then a Mixed Grill of Lamb Chops and three sausage varieties.  Finished the meal with Fresh Peach Crisp and topped with ice cream.  If you weren’t there, you missed a good one.  Recipes are to the right.
 
Join us on Thursday, September 15 for Seafood, Seafood and Seafood.  We will start with a Spicy Crab & Greens Soup, then Heirloom Tomato Salad, Mussels in White Wine with Linguine, followed by a Mixed Berry Compote (all fresh and in season).  Go to the website and sign up.  Come alone or with your spouse.
 
 
Dougherty Station Community Center
Apr 21, 2022
Terrific night and great start to getting back together!!!  All – I mean ALL – helped out to make a memorable dinner and evening.  I hope you will try some or all of these recipes on your own.   
 
A few newcomers to the group which added to the fun.  Thanks all for the great clean up and the extra $$ to cover hidden expenses. 
 
The "Crew"
 
Spring Greens with Shallot Dressing & Blue Cheese
 
Sauce Gribiche (French peasant-pantry sauce)
 
Dougherty Station Community Center
Feb 20, 2020
Simple. Tasty. Easy. This year’s mantra for the Cooking Group. And, everyone is cooking their own meal! In February, we prepared and enjoyed a Cherry Chard Wild Rice dish, also Creamy Mustard Chicken, topped off with Orange Chocolate Shortcake. Each preparation used just 5 Ingredients. The recipes are posted to the right....
 
Photos from our Evening
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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