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Hipcooks Newsletter

Newsletter for: December 1, 2011

Happy last-of-the-year Newsletter, Hipcooks LA!
Thanks to you all for such a fun and yummy year.
Now, for a sneak peak at our Good Tidings in this newsletter (scroll down to read the details):

    * New winter classes posted
    * Holiday Party - mark your calendars for Dec 10th!
    * Hipcooks gifts for you!
    * December recipe of the month

Hipcooks Classes are posted for Hipcooks EastLA and WestLA. Hipcooks Portland, Seattle and  San Diego are posted too - great for holiday gifts for friends living in those wonderful cities.

Our Top Picks for Holiday Cooking:

    *  Knife Skills: You can't get far cooking any meal without solid command of the knife. Come learn how to hand le this tool Hipcooks Style - with "effortless, elegant grace!" The 2-hour knife session is just $30, a great primer for any Hipcook! Dec 5th at WestLA and Dec 6th at EastLA. 

    *  Holiday Elves: Our annual cookie and DIYers treatmaking class is back! In this 4-hour session we'll make cookies, brittle, truffles and gift package it all. You'll leave with lovely take-home treats, and the knowledge to repeat for wonderful gifts. Dec 18th at WestLA

    * Oy Vey!: Jewish cooking without the drama. Latkes like grandma, homemade Matzo Ball Soup, melt in your mouth Brisket, Chicken braised with cinnamon and plums, Flourless lemon polenta cake. Jealous Gentiles welcome! Dec 17th at West LA

    * "I Ain't No Turkey!", an elegant cous cous- stuffed game hen and pumpkin souffle top this warm and wonderful Holiday class. 

    * French Cooking classes. Learn about cornerstones of Western Cooking, and menus that are wintery and wonderful. Perfect for feeding a crowd with wonderful, inexpensive braise-in-the-oven dishes.  You can hike, ski or enjoy your day and have a wonderful dinner simmering away. Learn Beef Bourguignon and Tarte Tatin at La Belle Epoque (Dec 9th at WestLA, Jan 21 at EastLA) and Coq au Vin and Pot de Crème au Chocolat at  J'Aime Paris (Dec 9 and EastLA and Jan 7 at WestLA)

    * Food for Your Face: is another DIY class for the New Year. Kick start a healthy year by making soaps, scrubs, masks, creams - all from natural ingredients that you'll find in the kitchen. Leave with your face a-glow and your heart full of inspiration to make natural beauty products for you and your beloveds.  You'll bring home goody bag with what you've made. Jan 8 at WestLA.

Hipcooks Holiday Party and Open House Saturday, December 10th at Hipcooks West LA, 1 - 4:30pm
We'll be serving up lovely treats and fun libations at our Open House. Click the link to see the full menu and RSVP (it is free, of course!) We've invited local artists to join us for the afternoon for a mini Art-Walk. Start (and finish) your holiday shopping with beautiful handmade glass jewelry from Retimade, craft aprons from Better Betty, and hand-painted and printed cards from Hipcooks TA Melissa Altman. Stuff stockings with some of Hipcooks favorite kitchen essentials. Talk about one-stop shopping! Also - buy 4 Hipcooks Gift Certificates at the open house and receive a 5th for free!
Private Classes as Holiday Parties: Private classes are a wonderful way to celebrate and thank co-workers, friends and family - we'll take care of everything, you have a great party with no shopping, cleaning or wrapping.  And great food, ha! Just email us for details, or check out the Private Class link on our website.
Hipcooks Gift Certificates
Back by popular demand:  Buy 4 Hipcooks GCs and we'll send YOU a Hipcooks GC as a Thank You! (4 spots, any combination you like - 4 separate GCs, 2 GCs for 2 classes each, 1 GC for 4 classes - you get the idea.)
Hipcooks Gift Certificates make lovely (and cute!) holiday gifts. Think of it as the gift that keeps on giving: your lovely friend will of course need to practice all the tasty things from the Hipcooks class, and who a better person to practice upon than YOU? Win -win!
Here's a link to Gift Certifcates in WestLA, and EastLA.
Recipe of the month
Chocolate Earl Grey Truffles
2/3 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces and softened
2 teaspoons loose Earl Grey tea leaves, Loose tea leaves tend to be of higher quality than tea bags, giving the truffles a fresher, more distinct flavor.
6 oz fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), chopped
1 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder for rolling, or tempered dark chocolate for dipping

Bring cream and butter to a boil in a small heavy saucepan and stir in tea leaves. Remove from heat and let steep 5 minutes. Don’t oversteep or it will become bitter.

Meanwhile, finely grind chocolate in a food processor and transfer to a bowl. Pour cream through a fine-mesh sieve onto chocolate, pressing on and discarding tea leaves, then whisk until smooth. Chill ganache, covered, until firm, about 2 hours.  Mmmmm.  Earl Grey.

Spoon level teaspoons of ganache onto a baking sheet. Put cocoa in a bowl and dust your palms lightlywith it. Roll each piece of ganache into a ball. Drop several balls at a time into bowl of cocoa and turn in cocoa to coat. Transfer as coated to an airtight container, separating layers with wax paper. If you prefer to dip in truffle into chopped nuts, then chop pecans or almonds and roll the truffle.
Eat Well, Be Well. And very very Happy Holidays!