Monday, July 9, 2012

Cooking Classes

Today I went to a cooking class led by Chef Jackson York of the Edom Bakery and Grill. I learned how to make 4 soups: Tomato-Basil, Chicken and Vegetable, Broccoli Cheese, and Cheeseburger soup, which Chef Jackson invented and had featured in Texas Monthly magazine. HE invented it because he used to work at a country club that always had leftover cheese. He experimented with different ideas and came up with cheeseburger soup! It's super yummy. You get a big sample of everything you learn how to make. The classes are held for 3 Mondays in July every year in the Moore Store,  Ben Wheeler, Texas. This is Chef Jackson's Tomato Basil Soup Recipe:

Tomato Basil Soup
2 oz oil or margarine melted
1 small diced onion
Enough flour to pick up your onions
32 oz tomato juice
3 oz heavy cream
1 1/2 oz fresh basil
Salt and pepper to taste
-Sauté your diced onion in oil until clear
-Add enough flour to pick up the onions
-Add your tomato juice and bring to a boil
-Add heavy cream plus fresh basil
-Finish by checking for salt and pepper
-If a little too thin then boil for about 5-7 min.
 until desired consistency,
Enjoy!   Chef Jackson York, Executive Chef

After we went to cooking classes, we went to Ben Wheeler Library, and guess what? You get to check out 5 books-and you get to keep them. For forever. Isn't that nice?!! I thought it was great! Ben Wheeler has it's own website: check it out here:

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