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Who Wants to Be Teacher's Pet?

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In the kitchen

I get talked into a lot of things but for me the oddest was that I was the prize in a local school auction. For your donation, a cooking class on beans and New World ingredients, but mostly chiles, beans and corn.

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All the students were parents of children at the school that held the benefit and we had the workshop at the one of their homes here in Napa. As usual, I say yes and later regret being so kind and wonderful, but then I do it and I have a great time. So call me crazy!

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I think I get my greatest kick from introducing people to this food and having them get as excited as me. It's all contagious. And I love slipping in my Mexican propoganda in as well.

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All the guests tried their hands at tortilla-making and surprisingly, it was the men who really took to it, granted, after a dismal start. As we went on, they started to get almost territorial about it and the women were happy enough to let them go ahead and make the evening's tortillas.

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In all, we made beans, tortillas, a fresh salsa and a dried chile sauce, nopales and ground bison. The best tacos were the bison with the red guajillo chile sauce and beans or a simple bison, nopales and green salsa taco.

The group was great and I already received a thank you note from one of the couples who apparently went out the next day and bought a tortilla press and the family made tortillas at home and the kids declared their best meal ever. I am a happy (but firmly retired) teacher!



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