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  • Amy K. 2:49 am on January 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Baked Brie, Chateau Elan, Cooking Class, Flambe, Saute, Wine   

    Fire and Wine 

    Yesterday my sister and I went to a cooking class for her birthday present!! The class was at Chateau Elan. Where I took my dad wine tasting for Christmas and made famous by this YouTube video…

    No there was no grape stomping involved!! Oh but there was wine.

    The class started at 3:00, we arrived around 2:30 and were greeted with this beautiful spread..

    And wine!!

    Alright we didn’t realize how matchy matchy we were until it was too late to change it 🙂

    Once we started cooking, there was a waiter who hung around and his only job was to refill our glass after every sip! Ahhhhhh 🙂

    They gave us chef hats and aprons that we got to bring home! Love my new kitchen apparel!!

    First up we made Baked Brie with Rosemary and Pecans!!

    Easy peasy to make. Place brie in middle of puff pastry and cover with chopped pecans, chopped thyme and drizzle of honey. Wrap up and bake until golden!

    While the brie was baking, we started our main course: Chicken with Asparagus and Farro.

    We sauteed the chicken with some herbs in crushed garlic and oil.

    Green and white asparagus was added, along with carrots, tomatoes, the cooked farro, and veal stock.

    We enjoyed our creations at a table set for us. There was a really sweet Australian couple who shared stories about their travels to Paris. And a nice women in town visiting family, she was cooking while her husband was hanging out at the hotel. We really enjoyed their company!!

    Our Chef was Chef Bryan, a fellow Auburn Alum!!! He entertained us with tales from the kitchen.

    Now for the flames!!

    Our Pound Cake and Berry Compote was toasted and flambeed!! Chef Bryan gave us fair warning that the alcohol we were using was Bacardi 151, marked flammable and will probable create a significant flame.

    He wasn’t lying!




    Holy Moly, somehow we survived to cook another day!

    It was such a blast! We enjoyed every tastey minute of it!!

    Happy Birthday Kay!!!

    • Kay 3:20 pm on January 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      We had SO MUCH FUN!! Thanks again for taking me. The pictures turned out great!

    • Jake 9:19 pm on January 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      This looks like ti was soooo much fun!!!

  • Amy K. 5:36 am on December 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Chateau Elan, Christmas Lights, Muscadine Wine, , Wine Tasting   

    Sips of the Season 

    This year I decided that instead of buying Christmas presents for my family, I am going to do something with/for them. I think it is more personal…

    …AND I am a poor college student! 🙂

    I decided to take my dad wine tasting.  This afternoon we went to the Chateau Elan Winery in north Georgia.

    We had a BLAST! The tasting started with a 45 min tour of the winery.

    We learned so much about the wine making process (and it is a process!) and specifically Georgia grapes.

    Chateau Elan’s speciality is Muscadine Wine, made from muscadine grapes which grow well in Georgia. It has such a distinct flavor, my dad was reminded of wild grapes he used to eat growing up. I was reminded of  kids chewable grape Tylenol I used to have growing up (yum!)

    Our tour guide was 78 years old and oh so knowledgeable!! Wonder how many bottles of wine he has opened in his lifetime…

    Palate cleanser 🙂

    They gave us chocolate as a chaser for the incredibly strong port wine!




    This evening I took my mom for her Christmas present adventure!

    We went for holiday magazines and fancy coffee drinks are the bookstore and Starbucks! We tried out the carmel brulee latte and hot chocolate. We were surprised that they actually were not too sweet. Just perfect!

    We started doing some research for our Christmas meal menus. Paula Deen’s mag and Paula Deen pen from when I visited her restaurant this summer in Savannah! Im a big Paula fan but I don’t think I have ever made one of her recipes!!

    After Starbucks we went driving around to see Christmas lights. We went by 2 houses in Alpharetta that have their lights set to music and you tune in through your radio! They also collect money to donate to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta 🙂

    We were blown away by the work put into these displays!!

    If you are in the Atlanta area, you should definitely check them out!

    Is there really only 3 days till Christmas!?!

    God Bless and all the best!

    Amy K.

    • Tony 2:40 pm on December 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Who knew Georgia could grow good grapes! Next up… Maybe Napa?

    • Kris | iheartwellness.com 5:04 am on December 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      How fun was this christmas gift?? What a great idea!!

      I live about 5 hours from BC’s wine country and would love to plan a weekend up there again!


    • Beth 3:52 pm on December 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I love the idea of doing Christmas activities rather than gifts – so much more personal and its nice to actually spend time one on one with them!

    • OliePants 5:10 pm on December 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have to agree with Beth with the Christmas activities. Our family usually abstains from gifts and just hangs out or does something together! 🙂

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