November was quite the month to be thankful for…
Lajollacooks4u welcomed lovely groups of people from all over the country celebrating everything from big milestones to reconnecting with loved ones. Our kitchen was plentiful with happy memories this month, as too was the amount of love and support Chef Jodi received for her first cookbook, Lajollacooks4u: California Cuisine.
Couples’ Tapas Party
Lajollacooks4u began the month with a warm welcome from Sophia Hanson and her friends from Chicago. Sophia, along with her husband and four of their close couple friends, shared an exciting cooking and dining experience where they teamed up to create a delicious tapas menu with the help of Chef Jodi.
They made a handful of scrumptious appetizers celebrating cultures from all over the world. Dishes like roasted brussels sprouts with pancetta and parmesan, grilled shrimp skewers with salsa verde, and lamb sliders with tzatziki sauce were just a few of the awesome menu items they prepared that evening.
Each of the couples had lovely things to say about their time with Chef Jodi and Lajollacooks4u.
Jean and Ann Kozub were incredibly pleased with their outing at Lajollacooks4u, saying “What an awesome evening and a super fantastic event. Thank you so much Chef Jodi for the cooking lessons and the hospitality!”
Another couple, Ida and Patrick Haris, said they “loved everything” and that they “[couldn’t] wait to recreate Chef Jodi’s recipes back home!”
We adored having Sophia and her friends in the Lajollacooks4u kitchen, we truly hope to see them back again soon!
Couples’ Farmer’s Market Tour and Farm-to-Table Cooking Class
Jim and Kelly Bickford, a lovely couple from Denver, celebrated their love with a Lajollacooks4u style foodie adventure. With Chef Jodi as their guide, they toured Little Italy’s bountiful farmers markets where they hand-picked the ingredients for their lunch menu.
They learned all about farm-to-table eating and California’s delicious cuisine as they prepared some of the incredible recipes from Chef Jodi’s new cookbook. The couple sipped wine and shared laughter as they prepared eggplant rollups with pesto and goat cheese, a beef tenderloin with an herbed mustard crust, garlic pomme frites with truffle oil and mouthwatering chocolate melting cakes for dessert.
The couple loved their afternoon spent mastering Chef Jodi’s scrumptious Californian recipes.
“Thank you for a wonderful day complete with a farmer’s market excursion in Little Italy and a fantastic meal! It was a pleasure learning from you. And thank you so much for opening up your beautiful home and patio to us!” said Kelly.
At Home Cooking with Patty
Bi-monthly cooking classes with Lajollacooks4u veteran Patty Uribe are still happening and we’ve been covering everything! Not only was there some amazing Indian cuisine this month, but we also did a little Thanksgiving preparation and taste-testing. YUM!
The first week’s Indian menu was to die for, with dishes like salmon in bengali mustard sauce, pork vindaloo, chicken tikka masala, chana masala and basmati rice pilaf. Mmm, the exotic spices were out of this world.
A couple weeks later we tested some awesome Thanksgiving recipes from Chef Jodi’s own personal stash. The Thanksgiving menu consisted of roasted turkey with herbs and shallots in a dijon gravy, homemade cranberry sauce, candied sweet potatoes with marshmallows, wild mushroom and leek stuffing, roasted carrots and parsnips, roasted brussels sprouts with pancetta, and finally a chipotle pumpkin pie with bourbon cream. WOAH. A whole lot of food and a whole lot of YUM!
The Cookbook is HOT and READY
As our loyal Lajollacooks4u fans and foodies know, the Lajollacooks4u: California Cuisine cookbook is here and ready to be yours. This month Lajollacooks4u announced the release of Chef Jodi’s first cookbook, a mouthwatering ode to our sunny state’s fresh and farm-to-table food.
And the cookbook is unlike any other!!
With stunning food photography and nearly 100 mouthwatering recipes, Chef Jodi’s cookbook offers a taste of the signature Lajollacooks4u dishes offered exclusively at San Diego’s finest gourmet cooking school. Each of the book’s recipes draws inspiration from the international flavors and vibrant cultures that permeate throughout California. Dishes range in Mediterranean, Asian and Latin influence, offering creative and delectable experimentations privy to the Southern California region.
The recipes in Chef Jodi’s cookbook are flexible and accommodating, ensuring that everyone can find something suitable for their individual palettes. Nearly every recipe offers dietary alternatives for vegetarian, vegan, paleo, dairy-free, and gluten-free diets.
Make sure to get yours in time for the holidays, the books are selling like hot-cakes! Chef Jodi’s cookbook is the ultimate present for the lovable foodie in your life and is available just in time for the holidays.
Head to our webpage and buy all of your cookbooks today!
Loyal Foodies! Client Cookbook Inspirations…
Some of our devout fans have already been sending us awesome pictures and heart-warming endorsements of their favorite cookbook recipes.
Sophia Hanson who visited us at the beginning of the month purchased the cookbook during her couples’ cooking class. She emailed Chef Jodi to tell her all about the Lajollacooks4u recipes she prepared for family members.
She whipped up an entire Lajollacooks4u menu including a Crusted Flounder with a Caper Vinaigrette, Sauteed Broccolini with Shitake Mushrooms, Cilantro Lime Rice, and Eggplant Rollups.
“OMG, my family went wild,” she said. “Everything was amazing. I just had to tell you! We had a great pre-Thanksgiving meal. I am so glad I got your book!”
Another happy customer, Susan from San Diego, was eager to display her cookbook for everyone to see.
She was another big fan of Chef Jodi’s recipes and she showed it by creating a tasty eggplant with zaatar. Looking good, Susan!
We love seeing people dive into cooking using the amazing recipes from our new cookbook. Send in your latest cooking creation from the cookbook and we will post it on the blog!
Chef Jodi wants your cookbook foodie pictures! What were you inspired to create from the cookbook?
Tell us where you are showcasing your Lajollacooks4u cookbook!
Tell us what you love! We want your feedback. Send us something and keep an eye out for your awesome Lajollacooks4u creation on the blog next month!
Hanging Out with CW – Channel 6 News
Chef Jodi appeared on the CW – Channel 6 News Thanksgiving Day to discuss seasonal farm-to-table eating and elegant food presentation all while featuring mouthwatering recipes from her new cookbook, Lajollacooks4u: California Cuisine.
It was a fun experience and in perfect time for holiday party presentation!
Stay tuned for more excitement to come…
Lajollacooks4u’s private and intimate setting provides a friendly environment where participants can relax, sip some wine, and laugh together, while engaging in our unique cooking and dining experience.
For more information about our team-building challenges, celebrations for special occasions, and cooking with Lajollacooks4u visit http://www.lajollacooks4u.com
Make your reservations by contacting Jodi at 858-752-4980 or email [email protected]