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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Congrats! 
You found your way to a happy healthy new year, let's start here!

 Welcome to Simmer and Sear's temporary website for now. We started 2017 with a big crash, a big crash of our website that is! Guess that means we just needed a clean slate. :)

This blog is compiled of 9 years of posts. Simmer and Sear has been in business for 11 years for which our website was 11 years of information, gone. Hello 2017, we are starting fresh!

We offer a multitude of options for cooking lessons, events for any occasion, cooking competitions, catering or just a private chef gig. Please inquire with any culinary need and we can get you started to a happy healthier new year!
Cheers,
Chef Anna
chefannabrincat@simmerandsear.com
 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Fall in Love in the Wine Country - Speed dating dinner- Musical Cutting Boards



Introducing
Musical Cutting Boards - A new tastier approach to speed dating and dinner!

Don't have a date for Valentines Day? 
Come find one in the wine country....

Have you ever wanted to try out speed dating but the thought of 5 minute conversations in a booth with some stranger seemed kind of uninteresting and pointless?

Here's your chance to go offline from the online dating world and try something fun and exciting. Not only will you get to meet other singles(potential life partners) you will get a cooking lesson, eat a great meal, listen to live music and drink good wine all out in the most romantic setting you can get near the bay area, the wine country!
Let's put to rest the old and boring concept of "speed dating" Simmer and Sear brings you "Dinner and Dating", musical cutting boards! A new and innovative approach to dating.

Brief description and concept of the evening:

40 singles - 20 guys and 20 girls - will meet in a romantic setting in the wine country. This setting happens to be the actual chef's home located in Kenwood, Ca. Special guests will include winemakers from nearby wineries.  Wine makers will be present and talk about their wines and you will get to taste exclusive blends that are not even offered in the tasting rooms at the winery itself.   There will be a chocolate tasting and maybe even some bbq aphrodisiac's, oysters!

You will all be preparing your own meal for the evening as an actual hands-on cooking lesson. All the guys will each be at a station and the girls will rotate every 20 minutes, in each of these 20 minutes you will be preparing part of the meal with one of the guys and chatting with them. Live music will be playing, wine will be flowing and you will be cooking outdoors on a beautiful setting in a wooded and sunny canyon situated on a year round running stream.

Come cook, eat, drink and explore the possibilities of love.....

Other important details:

Rules will include things such as: 
No one is allowed to ask for contact info, this takes the uncomfortable feeling of asking someone out that isn't interested out of the evening. 

We will have all attendees contact info and if you think you have found a spark, interest, or love at first sight by the end of the night, we encourage you to email us and tell us who you are interested in and we will pass your info along to the party of interest.

To purchase tickets: Email chefannabrincat@simmerandsear.com
This is an exclusive one time special Valentines Day dinner event.
To qualify see note below*

Space is limited, so reserve your cutting board today!

Valentines Day Dinner and Dating event to be held on:
 Friday February 14th  @ 6pm


*Note: All participants must friend "Chef Anna" on Facebook so you can be screened and qualify to attend the event, add a personal message that you are requesting to attend "Speed Dating Dinner"
Please go to: https://www.facebook.com/simmerandsear



Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Taste of France


"A Taste of France"

French cuisine is extremely diverse, with only the Chinese having similar variety in their food. This variety is supported by the French passion for good food in all its forms, France's extraordinary range of different geographies and climates which support the local production of all types of ingredients, and France's long and varied history. In many ways, an understanding of the culture of French food and recipes is an understanding of France itself.

Meals range from the very basic, such as the traditional baguette plus cheese plus inexpensive wine, to very elaborate affairs than can involve a dozen courses and different wines consumed over several hours. Obviously, the latter type of dining is exceptional for most people. However, it is this more sophisticated dining which is typically found in "French restaurants" outside France, giving many foreigners the mistaken impression that French food is heavy and complicated. In fact, much of the French cuisine is fairly simple, relying on high quality fresh ingredients and loving preparation rather than complex recipes.


This class will be held every Tuesday @ 11am and 6pm

Menu will include such dishes as:

*Salad Lyonaisse ~ Frisee lettuce with bacon, homemade croutons and a poached egg. Topped with a zesty stoneground mustard vinegar dressing

*Traditional French Onion Soup

*Chicken Pillards over a bed of greens and mandarin oranges

*Coq au vin



Please sign up via my on-

line calendar if you have a prepaid voucher:

Schedule online now



A Taste of India



"A Taste of India"




One country, more than forty languages and roughly 1600 dialects! India is diverse to say the least and its languages are just one aspect of this diversity. Every state has its own traditions, culture, lifestyle, food…. It is ironic then, that when the rest of the world thinks of Indian food, the one word that comes to most minds is ‘curry’. This is perhaps the greatest understatement ever as ‘curry’ does not begin to sum up the amazing variety that is to be had in Indian cuisine. Not only does every state have its own style of cooking, even individual households differ in their preparation of the same dish. Most have their own secret recipes for the powders and pastes that form the backbone of the dish. What unifies all Indian dishes is the spices that bring them their characteristic fragrance and flavor.

Delicious and healthy too!
While some Indian food is traditionally packed with ingredients like oil and ghee that most of us avoid for health reasons, there is almost no comparison anywhere in the world to the vast variety of fresh fruit and vegetable dishes that form part of its repertoire. As such there is no reason why even the most waistline-conscious among us cannot enjoy good Indian cuisine. The keywords though are ‘in moderation’.


This class will alternate on Wednesday's with other cuisines at 11am and 6pm
Menu will be posted every Tuesday.

Some traditional dishes we will be creating will be:
Chicken Tikka Masala
Indian Spiced Potatoes
Eggplant Curry
Coconut Rice
Lemon Rice
Coconut Curry Chicken
Butter Chicken
and much much more....



Please sign up via my online calendar if you have a pre-paid voucher.
Schedule online now

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Win a cooking lesson or private dinner for two

Simmer and Sear Raffle


Enter to win a cooking lesson or dinner for two prepared by your own private chef, your choice on the prize!
Both valued at $130


You will be able to book a date to cash in your prize on any available date on the calendar, excluding holidays. To see a description of my private cooking lessons or private chef services click here:
Private Services

Winner will be selected on 2/28/11, contest ends on 2/27/11.

Click here to purchase raffle tickets


(*Suggest purchasing only one raffle ticket for best value*)


Good luck!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Recipe for Love.....


Are you still looking for that perfect Valentines gift?

Taking a private cooking lesson together is both romantic and a fun unique way to "spice" things up! Being able to cook together with ease and comfort is a sure sign of compatibility.......

A kiss for an appetizer
My mouth, your spices
I wanna cook for you
Ecstasy melting this love
Love without seasoning
Desire boiling
Let's taste eternity
Mmmmmmm :)

It's not too late to give the gift of cooking for V-Day. Contact Simmer and Sear today to find out how to purchase a gift certificate and get your recipe for 'Love'!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

~Love is in the Air~Recipe of the Month


~Love is in the Air~
Recipe of the Month

Heart-Shaped Polenta Bites with Caramelized Mushrooms

For the polenta:

  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon finely ground sea salt, preferably gray salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup polenta
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish
Directions

Cook the polenta: In a medium, heavy pot over high heat bring the cream, stock, salt, and nutmeg to a boil. Add the polenta gradually, whisking constantly. When the mixture thickens, switch to a wooden spoon and adjust the heat to maintain a bare simmer. Cook, stirring often, until thick, smooth, and creamy, about 15 minutes. Add the Parmesan and stir. Keep the polenta warm over low heat, stirring occasionally. If the polenta gets dry as it sits, stir in about 1/4 cup of warm stock or cream.

For the mushrooms:

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 pound button, cremini mushrooms, or wild mushrooms cut into quarters
  • Finely ground salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped Italian parsley leaves, for garnish
Directions

Saute the mushrooms: In a medium skillet over high heat, heat the olive oil. When the oil is hot, sprinkle in the mushrooms in a single layer. Don't stir them! Let them sizzle until they have caramelized on the bottom, about 2 minutes. When the bottoms are caramelized, toss them once and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Continue to cook without stirring for about 5 minutes. Season mushrooms with salt and pepper. Add the butter and cook until it begins to brown, then add the garlic. Continue to cook until the garlic begins to brown. Add the thyme and cook for about 10 seconds. Add the lemon juice and cook until the liquid evaporates. Add the wine, and simmer until the mushrooms are glazed with the sauce. Add the parsley. Keep sauce on the lowest simmer setting.

For the Heartlets:

Make the polenta according to above instructions. Just before the polenta is finished thickening, pour 3/4 of the mushroom sauce into the polenta, stir. Make sure to reserve 1/4 the sauce to pour over the top of each heart. Pour the polenta onto a greased, rimmed baking sheet. Set aside to cool and firm up, about 30 minutes.

To assemble: Using a 2-inch diameter heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut the polenta into heart shapes, about 24, and place them on a serving platter

Place 1 heart on a plate, place about 1/2 teaspoon of the reserved mushrooms on top of the polenta. Garnish with grated Parmesan. Serve immediately.

Happy Valentines Day!