Cooking Up a Storm

Tools of the trade.

Tools of the trade.

Today we Cooked with Julie. 

Main building of the Oxbow Public Market.

Main building of the Oxbow Public Market.

In search of a cooking class in the foodie-heaven Napa region, my friend came up with Cooking with Julie.  We headed over to Napa’s Oxbow Market for an early morning tour and tasting with Chef Julie and our four other classmates. We tried salts, olive oils, cheese and charcuterie and spent considerable time selecting vegetables and fruit for use in preparing our meal.

We then headed to Chef Julie’s comfortable kitchen to begin our preparations. It was a very interactive class and even experienced cooks would’ve enjoyed the day.  After a couple of hours of effort, a lot of helpful tips, great conversation and some good wine and local snacks, we managed to complete a three course gourmet dinner.  We had delicious Wild Mushroom Risotto, Dijon Grilled Chicken served over amazing spring greens & veggies, and a really nice, light Lemon Cake with Strawberry Sauce. And, of course, more wine.

Ramps!  We cooked these on the grill - delicious.

Ramps! We cooked these on the grill – delicious.

Once back in Sonoma, we quickly abandoned our bike riding efforts, when the seats would not stay raised enough for anyone over 5’ . . . So, we walked back to town and enjoyed a stroll around the Plaza one more time, before dinner at the charming the girl and the fig.  –

If you go:

Cooking with Julie:  707-227-5036

Sonoma Visitors Bureau: 1-866-9661090



About KFBuchsbaum

A lover of words, learning something new every day, exploring new places, and meeting people from different cultures is what feeds my spirit. One significant thing I learned from my years in market research is that time away from an experience dilutes the memories.  You lose the highs and lows and end up with middle-of-the-road impressions.  The reason I started to blog, was to capture experiences real-time, in the moment.  I hope my moments help you relive some of your own great adventures or maybe plan some new.

Posted on April 29, 2015, in California, USA and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. What a fun and delicious day! Glad you are having so much fun and sharing your adventures with us. Thanks!


  2. Mmmm. Love The Girl and the Fig. Looks like this was related to that restaurant. We always try to eat there when we are in Napa.

    Sent from my iPhone Karen Code



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