A Day in the Kitchen Cooking School is more like a Day in a Europe

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Traveling through the gates of a private residence in Encino leads you to more than just a traditional cooking class. Breathtaking gardens surround an English country cottage where recipes, tips and secrets from one of L.A’s most experienced chefs await the students. With beautifully decorated tables laden with fine china and crystal, one can tell A Day In The Kitchen is far from an ordinary cooking school experience.  Close your eyes and dream of cooking in Europe and you might believe you are there.

Diane Mohilef in her home kitchen. Photos: Carole Rosner

Chef Diane Mohilef started teaching classes in her home 13 years ago after spending 12 years in the kitchen with Chef Michel Richard at (the former) Citrus Restaurant on Melrose. Diane’s extensive culinary background has given her the ability to create recipes that are simple, healthy, delicious and look good too. “Nothing is copied from a cookbook,” Diane explained.

Weekly demonstration classes take place in Diane’s newly remodeled kitchen, along with a lunch of all the prepared food. “Unclassic” lentil potage (a thick soup) served gratinee style, shitake and scallion stuffed beef tenderloin on a farro salad and cheesecake and chocolate lollipops with a Key Lime tartlet were recently on the menu at A Day In The Kitchen.

A “Celebrating the Harvest” theme included a deconstructed salad of spiky greens, arugula, oven roasted grapes, feta, carmelized bacon and almonds; a crispy spice rubbed breast of chicken with autumn succotash;  savory bread pudding; and a pumpkin cheesecake sandwich.

The table is set for classes. The Harvest theme is seen above.

Holiday themes are part of the table décor and every guest leaves with a party favor. In addition to a complete recipe set, each student gains valuable “insider” information from Diane as to where the best places to shop for ingredients are around town.

Key Lime "Martini" with a lime cookie crunch and a chocolate cheesecake lollipop on a raspberry and chocolate checkerboard.

Classes are held weekly either Wednesdays or Thursdays from 10am to 2pm and cost $115. The next class is December 9. Classes start again in January.

Gift Certificates are available.

A Day In The Kitchen Cooking Classes Contact: Diane at adayinthekitchen@pacbell.net Address given when you register.

Carole Rosner is a native Valley Girl who took the school bus with Michael and Janet Jackson and worked at the Sherman Oaks Galleria in its heyday. She likes to spend her free time finding bargains at Crossroads Trading Company, eating Chinese chicken salad at Stanley’s and admiring the view from Fryman Canyon. Check out her new blog: www.anythinggoodlately.blogspot.com – reading, watching and eating.

About Karen Young

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