Kids Classes Sold Out! Join us for adult cooking class October 22

15 October 2015 § Leave a comment


We are thrilled by the demand for our Kids Classes – they are sold out – and can’t wait to start cooking this Saturday with your kids.

We still have a few spots left on next Thursday October 22nd at 7pm for an adult cooking class at Designer Appliances, Montclair, NJ.  Would love to see you in the kitchen for some healthy cooking -no sugar or carbs. Cook and join us for a delicious dinner!

Reserve here.

This Little Piggy Is Cooking!

28 September 2015 § Leave a comment


Chef Karan Fischer & Lisa DaviesThis Little Piggy and Chef Karan Fischer are pleased to announce the Montclair Culinary Academy.

To start with we will be offering a series of children’s cooking classes (age 8 – 12) on Saturday mornings on October 17, 2015 at Designer Appliances (they have a fully functioning kitchen in their state of the art showroom) as well as an adult class on October 22, 2015.
Here’s an outline of the classes (more information on the website):
  • Class 1: La Cocina – The Foods of South America
  • Class 2: A Taste of Paris
  • Class 3: Halloween Happenings
  • Class 4: Sushi Making 101

We will be using fresh, organic food and the junior chefs will be able to take their tasty creations home.

The classes are filling up fast so please register soon.
Please let me know if you have any questions. Look forward to seeing you and your junior masterchefs there!
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The Third Annual Fall Food Classic

24 September 2014 § Leave a comment

Please join us if you can Thursday October 16 for the third Fall Food Classic fundraiser lunch. Tickets $25 in advance.MFFC2014colorPOSTER

Fall Salad – Yellow Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

6 October 2013 § Leave a comment

I came to the realization that my What’s for Dinner? column was risking becoming what’s baking? I needed to do something savory as the emphasis had been too much on sweet.

With this summery October weather I wanted a salad, albeit one with a bit of autumnal heft. The goat cheese I bought from Valley Shepherd at the Montclair Farmers Market yesterday inspired this dish. Having splurged and then gorged on several of their delicious cheeses for lunch I needed something healthy to go with the soft creamy goat cheese. This yellow beet with goat cheese salad, caramelized onions and lentils was just the ticket.


Here is the recipe over on Baristanet.


11 September 2013 § Leave a comment

The culinary gods were on my side. With just two free hours to spare, we stumbled on the elBulli Exhibition at Somerset House in London and had time for a whirlwind tour of Borough Market.


I never ate at elBulli. But I did get to see the exhibition. It would have been torture if I had not eaten such a huge brunch that morning. Do not go there  hungry.

The exhibition charted the evolution of elBulli from its roots in 1964 as a coastal restaurant, complete with mini golf,  run by a couple – Dr Hans Schilling and his wife, Marketta. The Schillings were always serious about food and were awarded a Michelin star in 1967. The restaurant was named after Mrs Schilling’s  bulldog  – Bulli. To honor Bulli there was a larger than life model of him made out of meringues. « Read the rest of this entry »

Tomato Time in Jersey

7 September 2013 § Leave a comment

Tomato time signals the end of summer. With 46 bushels of them delivered from a local grocery store my neighbors work for a few days to make jars and jars of tomato sauce.


The whole family comes together to make “gravy” as tomato sauce in these parts. Most of it is just plain old tomatoes, but there is some marinara sauce too. « Read the rest of this entry »

Borough Market

1 September 2013 § 1 Comment

I have been to London many times but never made it that mother of all farmers markets – Borough Market.


I was determined to get to the oldest market in London and that is up against some pretty ancient competition.

The architecture itself is impressive dating back to the 1860s with an art deco entrance added on in 1932.  It used to be a real gritty wholesale market but with the advent of retail hours on Thursday, Friday and weekend it had become a very high end fine foods market. « Read the rest of this entry »

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