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Get Your Grill On With Chef Bryant Alden

Last night Chef Bryant Alden taught a Grilling cooking class at A Taste of the Mountains cooking school. We had so much fun and ate lots of delicious food!

Here’s what was on the menu:

Grilled Scallop with Pear and, Proscuitto in a Champagne Sauce
Grilled Asparagus and Brie Soup

Grilled Asparagus and Brie Soup
Grilled Avocado and Field Green Salad with a Honey Lime Vinaigrette

Grilled Avocado and Field Green Salad With A Honey Lime Vinaigrette
Grilled Pork Tenderloin Tier with a Cider Currant Glaze

Grilled Pork Tenderloin Tier with a Cider Currant Glaze

Future Celebrity Chef Ethan chopped some asparagus:

Get Your Grill On Class With Chef Bryant Alden

Food and Fun was had by all:

Get Your Grill On Class With Chef Bryant Alden

Get Your Grill On Class With Chef Bryant Alden

Get Your Grill On Class With Chef Bryant Alden

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Get Your Grill On

Get Your Grill On

Get Your Grill On with Chef Bryant Alden
Price $95

Thursday, July 11th, 4-7 pm • Open
Class Description:
Local favorite Chef, Bryant Aldent of the Chef’s Market, in North Conway,  joins A Taste of the Mountains to teach you how find thrill with your grill!
Join Chef Bryant for a fun-filled class of tasty treats from the Grill.
Grilled Avocado – Who knew? Bryant knows how to bring flavor and fun to your food. Sign up now ‘cuz his classes fill up quickly!

Menu:

    • Grilled Scallop with Pear and, Proscuitto in a Champagne Sauce
    • Grilled Avocado and Field Green Salad with a Honey Lime Vinaigrette
    • Grilled Pork Tenderloin Tier with a Cider Currant Glaze
    • Chocolate Almond Torte

Meet Chef Bryant Alden

Are you ready to get your grill on? Register here.

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Grilled Corn on the Cob Recipe

Grilled Corn on the Cob

Grilled Corn on the Cob is not only delicious but it’s an impressive side dish for your next BBQ or clambake. It’s also wicked easy to prepare.

Grilling corn brings out the flavors by caramelizing the sugars that naturally reside in the corn. Who doesn’t like that…? Corn can be cooked on your grill either wrapped in aluminum foil or in its own husks. I like to do it in the husks.

You can liven up grilled corn if you add herbs and spices to the ear of corn before you grill it.

Great corn on the cob must begin with selecting the freshest ears of corn. The absolute best corn is corn that is picked ripe and straight from your own vegetable garden. If not growing corn, go to your local farm. When buying, be sure the husks are bright green and fit snugly around the ear of corn. The kernels should be in tight rows right to the tip of the ear of corn, and be plump and milky. Also, the silk should be somewhat moist. Dry silk generally means older corn.

If you are in the North Conway area, I suggest Weston’s Farm or Sherman Farm.

Grilled Corn on the Cob

Grilled Corn on the Cob
Chef Steffani Adaska

Serves:  5                            Soak time: 15 mim                          Cook time: 10-12 min

10 ears, fresh corn
Large Pot of cold water
Butter
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Preparation: Remove all but a few of the layers of husks. (You’ll want at least a double layer of husks over the corn but not much more). This will keep the corn from burning, but also allow excess moisture out and smoke flavor in. Actually the husks will burn, creating smoke that can then sink into the corn.

Leave the stalk intact, giving you a good handle. Remove as much silk as you can, but you don’t need get it all out at this point. Once grilled, the silk will be easier to remove.

Soak the whole cobs in a pot of cold water for 15 minutes. Be sure the ears are completely covered with water. This will provide extra moisture for cooking and will steam the corn kernels inside the husks.

Time to Grill: Now you are ready to grill. You want a medium high heat. Hold your hand about five inches from the heat source. You should be able to keep your hand there for a count of three to five. Too high heat will cook the corn too quickly, burning the kernels and drying them out. Yuck.

After soaking, remove corn from the water and shake off excess water. Place on an oiled grill.

Corn will take about 10-12 minutes to grill, turning every two minutes. The husks will burn, but the kernels themselves shouldn’t. Watch for the kernels to turn a golden yellow color.

Remove corn from the grill before it starts to turn a dark yellow color. This is the first sign that it’s going to burn.  If you overcook it, the corn will have a tough/burnt outer kernel and become mushy inside.

Grasping one end with tongs, an oven mitt or dish towel, peel the husks and any remaining silk from the top down – they should all come off in one piece.

Serve with butter, salt and pepper and enjoy!

Variation: Before you grill, pull back the husks completely and coat the corn with a compound butter (essentially a butter mixture – try shallots, cumin, cayenne and S & P). This will add extra moisture and flavor to your corn.

 

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Father’s Day BBQ Best

Our Father’s Day BBQ Best Cooking Class is next Tuesday, so sign up now before it’s too late!

 barbecue

Father’s Day BBQ Best with Chef Kendra Stanley
Price $95

Tuesday, June 11th, 4-7 pm • Open
Class Description:
Get your Marinade on. Get ready to Rub. Get sauced and smoked with all of Dad’s favorites with a special BBQ fest with Chef Kendra. Be prepared to eat lots of Ribs, Chicken, steak Tips and all of the fixins you find at a great BBQ joint.

Meet Chef Kendra Stanley

Register Now!

BBQ Grill

Can’t wait for the class? Check out our recipe for a Chipotle-Orange BBQ Rub

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Chipotle-Orange BBQ Rub

 

Barbecue season is upon us! Time to introduce a new recipe to make your summer delicious:

Chipotle-Orange BBQ Rub
Recipe from Chef Steffani Adaska

Summer BBQ

 Yield: Makes about 1 cup

2 tablespoons Kosher salt
4 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cumin
3 tablespoons Chipotle Chili powder
2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1/4 cup dried orange zest

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well; use as a dry rub on beef, chicken, lamb or pork.

Store in airtight container in cool, dark pantry.

Want more BBQ recipes? Sign up for our Father’s Day BBQ Best cooking class on Tuesday June 11th!

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Cipollate con Pancetta (Bacon-Wrapped Scallions)

Cipollate con Pancetta

Cipollate con Pancetta (Bacon-Wrapped Scallions)
recipe from Chef Steffani Adaska, Director of A Taste of the Mountains
Yields: 4 Servings

Who doesn’t like bacon? Right? My kids and I can never get enough.

This tasty dish originates from Italy. In Italy, they make with pancetta,  often called Italian bacon. That’s a true enough  description, but unlike American bacon, which is most often smoked, pancetta is unsmoked pork belly that is cured in salt and spices. It’s then dried for a several months.

I serve this as an appetizer with a a horseradish cream drizzle, or as a side dish. It is so easy to prepare and always a crowd pleaser. I like with the pancetta or the traditional smokey bacon. Try it both ways. Choose your fave!!

  • 24 large scallions, trimmed of roots and green tips
  • 8 strips bacon (or pancetta)
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Wrap 3 scallions together with 1 strip of bacon. Repeat with remaining scallions and bacon and season with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a 12″ skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, add bacon-wrapped scallion bunches, and cook, turning as needed, until browned and crisp on all sides, 6–8 minutes.
Alternatively, you can do this over the grill for added flavor. Either way they are delish. Serve hot. Enjoy!

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Smitten For Seafood

Smitten for Seafood With Chef Gary Sheldon

Saturday, April 27th, 1-4 pm • Only 3 Spots Left, Book Now!
Class Description:
Intimidated by cooking seafood? Don’t know the difference between a Sea Scallop and Bay Scallop?
Come on over to A Taste of the Mountains Cooking School and attend a cooking class that’s all about seafood. Join fun-loving, Certified Executive Chef, Gary Sheldon, in our Seafood cooking class where you will learn a variety of seafood preparations and cooking techniques, witness fish cooking at its finest, get all your questions answered and practice cooking with guidance from this experienced, award-winning chef.
Enjoy the fruits of your labor over a glass of wine in our laid back cooking school. Meet new friends and swap cooking tips. SIGN UP NOW before this class is sold out.

Menu:

  • Crab Cake, with micro greens tossed in a Maple Walnut Dressing
  • Thai Shrimp Firecrackers
  • Pan seared Scallops, with seafood risotto
  • Grilled Maine Salmon with tourne’ potatoes and grilled asparagus

Meet Chef Gary Sheldon

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Mexican Horchata Recipe

Are you thinking of throwing a Cinco de Mayo party? This is a delicious and festive recipe for your fiesta!

horchata

Mexican Horchata
Recipe by Steffani Adaska

Horchata (or orxata) is the name of several kinds of traditional beverages, made of ground almonds, sesame seeds, rice, barley, or tigernuts. Horchata varies in taste across Latin America. Although Horchata shares the same name, the flavor of each is very unique to its country of origin.

In Mexico and Guatemala, horchata is made of rice, sometimes with vanilla, but it always has cinnamon.

1 cup uncooked white long-grain rice
2 cinnamon sticks, (Mexican if you can get it), broken into pieces
7 cups water
1 cup milk (leche)
1/2 cup sugar, or to taste
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
Ground cinnamon, (Mexican if you can get it), for garnish

Combine the rice and cinnamon pieces sticks with 4 cups water in a blender; pulse to coarsely grind. Transfer to a large bowl and add another 3 cups water; soak at room temperature for 3 – 4 hours.

Puree the rice mixture in a blender in batches until smooth. Strain through chinoix,or fine sieve,  into your pitcher.  Discard the rice. Mix in the milk, vanilla and sugar.

Chill and stir before serving over ice. Garnish each glass with a cinnamon stick (optional) and a dusting of ground cinnamon.

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Cooking Inspiration

Cooking Class Students
“…no one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.

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Sweet Pea Soup With Bacon Lardons and Crème Fraiche

This week’s recipe is inspired by our upcoming April in Paris cooking class.  You can see all our upcoming classes and register for a class here, or view more recipes.

Sweet Pea Soup

 

Sweet Pea Soup w/ Bacon Lardons and Crème Fraiche
By Chef Steffani Adaska, Director – Taste of Mountains Cooking School
Serves: 6
A heavenly chilled Spring Soup made with garden fresh sweet peas, leeks, bacon drippings, fresh rosemary, vegetable broth and a touch of cream, garnished with Bacon Lardons &  Crème Fraiche.

6 slices of thick bacon, sliced into 1

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