A Girl & Her Food: My Valentine's Wish List


My Valentine's Wish List

With Valentine's Day around the corner, I thought I would share some of my "foodie" Valentine's Day wish list...

To Eat:
It was love at first sight when I spotted Katrina's Vosges Truffles at Fox & Obel nearly 10 years ago. Black Pearl and Naga stole my heart with each bite, as my taste buds began to travel and taste the world.The below is the Exotic Truffle Collection featuring some my favorites.

To Do:

A Master Cooking Class with Paul Kahan?  Or learn to make a stellar dessert with my fave pastry chefs, Dana Cree & Anna Shovers
I would DIE and this would be the ultimate gift of 2014 because all the series are sold out! #Priceless

Master Cooking Class Lineup
January 26, 2014- Publican Quality Meats: Chef de Cuisine Chris Kuziemko
February 23, 2014- Blackbird: Chef de Cuisine David Posey
March 30, 2014- One Off Hospitality: Executive Chef Paul Kahan
May 4, 2014- Big Star: Chef de Cuisine Cary Taylor
June 22, 2014- Publican: Chef de Cuisine Brian Huston
August 24, 2014- avec : Chef de Cuisine Perry Hendrix
October 19, 2014- Nico Osteria: Chef de Cuisine Erling Wu-Bower
November 16, 2014- One Off Hospitality: Ladies of Pastry- Dana Cree (Blackbird & avec), Anna Shovers (The Publican & Publican Quality Meats), Amanda Rockman (Nico Osteria)
December 7, 2014- One Off Hospitality: Executive Chef Paul Kahan 
$175- 1/26; 2/23, 5/4; 6/22; 8/24; 10/19; 11/16
$300- 3/30; 12/7

Each class offers the rare opportunity to learn directly from the pros, all with a drink in hand. Classes begin at 7:00pm and space is limited to 12 pupils per evening, making for a truly intimate affair. Contact Deanna Devries at 312.496.0012, or deanna@publicanqualitymeats.com to reserve your spot. 
For my kitchen: 
We all want a kitchen upgrade.  If I were to remodel, the first thing on my list would be adding a farmhouse sink.  I hate dealing with the stupid divider between the disposal and drain making it terribly inefficient to do dishes and clean.  Furthermore, with a my commercial style Grohe faucet (here), the water is always deflecting and spraying everywhere.
The only decision would be choosing between a stainless steel or vintage white sink!  Which would you choose?


To Read:

I collect Phadion cookbooks. I have been lucky to occassionally find a couple of them at Costco at a great bargain, or Gilt and One Kings Lane offers sales on them often.  I highly recommend any of them.

cc: Phaidon.com

Photo Credit 

Another set of cookbooks that any chef would recommend (and I would love to have), is the "Cook's Books" set by Juniper Books. 

This set of 5 books includes: 

1. The Essential New York Times Cookbook: Classic Recipes for a New Century by Amanda Hesser
2. James Beard's American Cookery
3. Joy of Cooking, 75th Anniversary Edition
4. Gourmet Today by Ruth Reichl
5. Cook's Illustrated Cookbook by America's Test Kitchen

The titles and authors are cleverly integrated into the design of the letters that spell out “Cook’s Books.”  Custom versions of this product (alternate colors, different cookbook titles, etc.) may be requested and a special price will be quoted. I would love the "Cook's Books" set by  Juniper Books but it's $295. #splurge

Juniper Books

To drink:

As a big tea drinker, I am sick of my big mugs and want to enjoy my tea like a lady with a fancy tea set.  I would love to have a tea party with this Hermes  set (top) but Antropologie(bottom) will do. It would be great to fill this tea set with the amazing tea from Rare Tea Cellars.  I need tea addicts anonymous for  Rare Tea Cellar's Gingerbread Dream Rooibos


Wishing you a very Happy Valentine's Day! XO Kat