Cooking Asian at the Savory Spoon
by Sandra Scott
The Savory Spoon Cooking School in Ellison Bay on Wisconsin's scenic Door County offers a variety of excellent cooking experiences. The cooking school is located the 1879-historic building that was the town school for 50 years. Once again classes are held in the building but now they are cooking classes. Michael and Janice Thomas purchased and restored the building keeping its historic integrity in tact. The original school bell has been restored and rings to start each class.
Chef Janice Thomas has more the 20 years experience in the food industry and has studied at the Cordon Bleu in Paris and with well-respected chefs in France, Italy, and China. The classes reflect her diverse expertise with offerings featuring Spanish, French, Chinese, and Japanese recipes; and, of course, Door County specialties. She works closely with local Door County producers to provide a "Field to Fork" experience. There are hands-on classes, demonstrations, tastings, and children's classes.
Coconut Soup With Shrimp
Place a 4-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the olive oil, garlic, peppers and ginger. Sauté until the garlic sizzles and turns white, then add the remaining soup broth ingredients. Bring to a low boil, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes. Prepare shrimp.
Last Minute Additions:
Combine the cornstarch with an equal amount of cold water. Set aside. Chop basil or cilantro. Bring soup to a simmer. Stir the cornstarch mixture into the soup. Add the shrimp, tomatoes, and basil or cilantro. Simmer about 1 minute until shrimp turn pink and are cooked. Taste and adjust the seasoning, particularly for chili sauce, and salt. Stir in mushrooms. Turn into soup tureen or individual bowl.
Garnish with lime wedges and more chopped herbs. Serves 8
Jade Asian Dumplings With Chile Ginger Sauce
1 1/2 lbs Napa cabbage, coarsely chopped
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
Door County is that pinkie-like peninsula that juts out into Lake Michigan. Called the "Cape Cod of the Midwest" the area has beaches, wonderful places to stay, an array of nature activities, nightly theatrical performances during the summer, great shopping, fascinating historic sites; and, of course, a plethora of culinary delights. The breakfast of Cherry Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast with Real Maple Syrup at the White Gull Inn was declared "America's Best Breakfast" by Good Morning America.
The fish boils made with fresh-caught whitefish is the iconic dinner of the peninsula. Cherries have been one of the main crops of Door County for generations so there are plenty of cherry-based products from cherry wine to cherry-mustard to cherry pie.
For more information on the Savory Cooking School and their wide array of offerings log on to savoryspoon.com. Information about Door County including accommodations is available on www.doorcounty.com.
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12042 Highway 42 Ellison Bay, WI 54210 Phone: (920) 854-6600
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