Dinner in the kitchen of my dreams

If it wasn’t already obvious, I love to learn and share; this is no different when it comes to food.

Not too long ago, I blogged about how Urban Girl Squad announced a Sage Pesto cooking contest where we were given a Sage Pesto recipe to serve with a dish of our choice. Well, I won that contest (read/see my winning dish here) and my prize was a luxurious cooking lesson and dinner at the state of the art kitchen at the GE Monogram Design Center in midtown New York.

Needless to say, I was so excited!! I couldn’t wait to learn how to cook something new and of course, eat. Last night, I was able to invite four friends to share the experience with me.

We all walked in to see this lovely table set up for our dinner but beyond that, we were greeted by some of the most beautiful kitchen areas I had ever seen!IMG_4126

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My favorite refrigerator from the showroom. Loved how you found details of New York around the showroom


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Talk about dream kitchen… (My photos don’t do it justice. see more here)

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from the monogram website

After taking a look around, we sat down for a cooking demonstration with Chef Tageré.

I was so excited to see that she had chosen salmon (one of my favorites!) for our meal. We were so hungry when we saw this.

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Over a great conversation about food, life and friends Chef Tageré prepared a meal that not only smelled but also looked great. With the help of an induction cooktop and speedcooking oven, both our dinner and dessert was finished in just an hour! The biscuits cooked in just 11 minutes and the salmon in less than that! We asked her so many questions about cooking from “how do you clean a frying pan?” (you put in some coarse kosher salt to dry up and peel off all the junk) to “what spices are your must-haves in the kitchen?” (Smeet smoked paprika, cumin, chili powder, cinnamon, curry powder). It was also wonderful to hear that she personally picked me as the winner of the Sage pesto contest 🙂

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It was amazing to see all the ingredients to come together into this:

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can you believe those are biscuits?!

I cannot even describe to you how delicious it was. I’m going to try making it on my own but it definitely won’t be the same.
This was one of the best, if not the best, dinner dates I’ve had in the city during my four years here so far.

I don’t know what can beat learning and eating with friends you care about in a city you love. I felt like I was taking them out on a date and it almost felt like I wasn’t in New York!

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We liked it so much- including the guys- that we asked how we could come back to have a dinner like this again (date idea anyone?). Turns out that this was a very special occasion since I won the contest and they usually don’t do what we experienced!

THANK YOU GE Monogram for a very special night and for Urban Girl Squad for making it all possible. So encouraged to keep cooking!  I can’t wait for the day I can have a kitchen like what I saw in the GE monogram showroom, having dinner parties of my own.

Check out more Urban Girl Squad events on their site here. (I’m volunteering with them tomorrow!) and

Check out the GE Monogram Design center (the destination for the kitchen of your dreams). They offer live cooking demonstrations

In the meantime, I hope you’ll try/cook something new.

-AndreaM

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