|Haven's Kitchen Lunch Setup|
Executive Chef David Mawhinney guided us in making some fantastic DIY holiday gifts. It only took a few hours to whip these up, and now my "gift closet" (really a portion of a kitchen shelf) is stocked with homemade gifts ready when I need them. During the class we made granola, vanilla extract, pickled beets and celery, mulling spices for wine, layered cookie mix, and apple butter.
|Haven's Kitchen Mise en Place|
|Pickled Celery & Beets|
|Making the Pickling Liquid|
|Mixing the Granola|
Haven's Kitchen sells their granola on-site at their café, so I don't think they'd like me to publish their recipe (they were even reluctant to give it to us students!) But there are endless variations of granola recipes - I recommend using Bon Appétit's "Everyday Granola" as your starting point, and adjusting the nuts and fruit to your personal preference.
|Compiling the Goodies to Bring Home|
|Haven's Kitchen Café Lunch at the End of Class|
If you're in the NYC area, you should check their calendar and sign up for an upcoming class. This would be a really fun date or group activity, and a nice change to the usual routine of dinner and drinks (but don't worry, most classes do involve wine!) For all you hostesses out there, they have some really great classes coming up this month: "Easy Entertaining: Holiday Party," and "Cocktails for a Crowd: Champagne Cocktails and Bar Snacks" - festive for the season, and skills you can use year-round. Perfection!