Thursday, April 2, 2009
Spicy Wifey Recap!
I had the absolute pleasure of being invited to host TASTY: a cooking class for a sizzling group of women, Spicey Wifey LLC. Ladies if you're someone's significant other, this group is dedicated to keeping the spark in your relationship. My "Inspired Italian Dinner" was probably the tamest class today (think lap dancing classes and lingerie parties, etc.). However, I assured the ladies the way to your mate's heart is still just like the old adage goes... through his/her stomach! So this sensuous three course meal was loaded with contrasting flavors, textures and temperatures to tempt the palate, appeal to the eye and lure your loved one to the table.
Instead of the heavier pastas and sauces, I focused on the fresher, lighter side of Italian dining, and pulled ingredients that can be found in just about any market or easily substituted.
Skip the calorie laden Caesar salad for this fresh starter made from many local ingredients: Arugula and Strawberry Salad with Toasted Almonds and Goat Cheese Vinaigrette
You can enjoy carb-conscious amounts of soul-satisfying pasta without the wheat gluten:Spicy Broccoli "Scampi" with Matchstick Gluten Free Pasta
Pair Georgia gulf coast shrimp with Italian vegetables for these skewers which are perfect on the grill or in the oven:Marinated Shrimp with Italian Vegetables
Light, healthy and delicious... that's how dinner should be. Thanks again Spicy Wifey, and I look forward to seeing you all again for "Inspired Asian Cooking."