The Cookbook's official release is Tuesday, October 25th but we're getting started early. The first event which involves the cookbook, More Than Your First Cookbook, is tonight.
Northwest Missouri State University's office of Campus Activities holds an event each Thursday for students called "Late Night Thursday" and I'm it tonight. For those of you that follow my blog, the university of over 7,000 students is in Maryville, Missouri. Now I spent over 20 of my last years in the food industry here in the northwest corner of Missouri. I'm excited and nervous at the same time about this opportunity to work with students on improving their cooking skills.
Tonight starts at 9:00 PM on the 3rd floor of the Administration Building in the Family & Consumer Science kitchen area. I will talk about the cookbook and answer questions from the audience throughout the evening. However, the main fun will be the working with volunteer students making food for everyone to sample. The students will do the cooking and I'll be there to direct and encourage them.
We will be making five recipes from the cookbook tonight. First, we will make Nadine's Corn & Black Bean Salsa and serve with multi-grain tortilla chips. The next recipe will be Italian Baked Chicken. Since this recipe takes a little time in the oven, while it bakes we will work on Jane's Salad and Jane's Dressing. The last item of the night will the French Dip Panini. We'll do that after tasting the chicken dish.
This should be a fun interactive evening for all. There will be door prizes as well including several of my cookbooks. If you are close and have the time, please try and make the event. I'll let you know next week how it the night went.
This has been a busy week. Tuesday night we had fun being a celebrity judge at Hy-Vee's Fall Soup Contest. The first two guest bloggers (one chef & one dietitian) are finalizing their material for their blog. I hope to have one of them as next week's blogger.
Remember that the recipe tomorrow is Homemade Basil Pesto. Enjoy!