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Hani Khouri of Redland Mediterranean Organics and Sous Chef 2 Go announce the start of their cooking classes at Sous Chef 2 Go location in the Greenery Mall in Kendall.

The first series of three classes begins on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The objective of the classes is to: increase cooking skills, develop a healthier lifestyle, and learn to budget food better. You will also enjoy the fruits of your labor!

The fees for the series include all class ingredients and food. Wine and other beverages will be provided and are included in the cost. Series fee: $400. Book early, as each series is limited to 10 people.

Make your reservations online at Sous Chef 2 Go then click on 1st 2010 Cooking Classes, or register in person at the store. Hours are Monday – Saturday 9 am – 8 pm.

Cooking Classes

Cooking Basics (2 sessions)

Basic cooking utensils
1) Measuring cups/spoons, timer, thermometer, strainer, pastry brushes
2) Mixing bowl/mixing spoon, wire whisk, rubber scraper, spatula, tongs,
3) Rolling pin, paring knife, French knife, turner, cutting board,

Basic cooking terminology
1) Boil, beat, chop, core, cream, cut in, fold, grate, grease, knead
2) Pare, sauté, simmer, stir, toss

Tricks of the trade-substitutions
1) Allspice, baking powder, honey, milk, sugar
2) Spices, herbs

Food Safety
1) Personal hygiene
2) Adequate temperature control
3) Cross contamination
4) Proper final cooking temperature

Food Preparation (2 sessions)

Cooking organic
1) What is organic?
2) Where and how to buy
3) Meal preparation

Mediterranean culinary basics
1) Salads – tabouleh, fattoush
2) Dips – hommos, baba ghanouj
3) Grape leaves, kibbeh

Sous Chef 2 Go, “Recipe in a bag” demonstrations

Fresh falafel making

Location:

Sous Chef 2 Go
7758 SW 88 St.
Miami, FL, 33156
305.595.8010 or contact@souschef2go.com

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Hani Khouri and Martha Montes de Oca

Chef and goat cheese maker Hani Khouri of Redland Mediterranean Organics has joined forces with Martha Montes de Oca, owner of Sous Chef 2 Go, to offer ready-made takeout lunches during the week. You get a choice of one of Hani’s Lebanese dishes or one of Martha’s Hispanic creations. Prices range around $7-9 for the meal.

Right now the prepared lunch is strictly takeout. Bistro tables will be set outside when the weather is cooler. Also, fresh local produce will be for sale at the store in a few weeks as the season picks up.

I dropped by a few days ago to check things out. Hani’s special of the day was lamb kofta. He was busy in the kitchen patting ground lamb between his hands and shaping it into oval kebabs, then cooking them on the grill. Lunch was two generous sized kebabs topped with chopped parsley and ripe tomato, resting on a pita. The lamb was cooked through, seasoned with minced onion, a dash of chipotle and other spices. A generous dollop of hummus topped with a puddle of olive oil was served on the side. Humble hummus, I’ve had it a million times, but Hani’s actually tastes like chickpeas!

Lamb kofta with hummus and pita

Martha’s lunches are Hispanic in flavor. Her daily special was chicken fricassee simmering in a crock pot. Its delicious aroma filled the kitchen and made my mouth water. She explained that all her ingredients are organic except for the meats. The customer has the option of organic (more expensive) or natural (less expensive). She also said, with a proud smile, that she deciphered the familiar favorite Sazón Goya, and created a similar blend with all-organic seasonings minus MSG.

To find out what the lunch of the day is, go to the Sous Chef 2 Go web site and click on the picture of the take-out bag. That will lead you to the lunch/takeout menu. Drop in for lunch, or call ahead to order a recipe that you can cook at home.

Sous Chef 2 Go
7758 SW 88 St.
Miami, FL 33156
305.595.8010
contact[at]souschef2go.com

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