February Cookbook of the Month
The Home Cook: Recipes to Know by Heart by Alex Guarnaschelli




   


 



Menu:  Marinated Cerignola Olives with Cheeses and Grilled Bread; Creamy Mushroom Lasagna; Roasted Striped Bass with Barley, Pecan and Scallion Stuffing; Crispy Brussel Sprout Salad and Orange Walnut Bundt Cake.

​$95

Pictures from November Cookbook of the Month Class 

Pictures from our Cookbook of the Month classes in July

Zuppa Pasta Fagioli

​​ Upcoming Classes and  ​Events

​Call Phyllis at 818-469-6280 for more information on classes or contact her at phyllisvaccarelli@gmail.com www.culinaryconciergeconnection.com

        Grouper  with Ginger-Lime Broth
  Oeufs a la Niege
Stuffed Pork with Ratatouille Tart

June Cookbook of the Month
Tartine All Day by Elisabeth Prueitt




  

                                                      

   

 

Zucchini-Herb Fritters with Tzatziki
Sauteed Salmon with Chive Butter Sauce
Rosti Potatoes
Summer Corn, Green Beans and Parmesan
Blueberry Cobbler with Cornmeal Buttermilk Biscuit Topping
$95

 

​November Cookbook of the Month

In My Kitchen by Deborah Madison

  
 


                                                                                                                             Maple Glazed Spatchcocked Turkey; Cranberry Sauce with Dried

                                                                                                                      Cherries and Apricots; Eggplant Gratin with a Golden Dome

                                                                                                                    of Saffron-Ricotta Custard;  Winter Squash and Caramelized

                                                                                                                        Onion Soup; Citrus and Avocado Salad with Shredded Greens

                                                                                                                          and Lime-Cumin Vinaigrette;Celery Root and Potato Mash with

                                                                                                                                Truffle Salt; Pumpkin Pudding with Silky Persimmon Puree .                        ​

 July Cookbook of the Month

Flavorwalla by Floyd Cardoz           

 Pictures from our Cookbook of the Month class in August

Culinary Concierge Connection Cooking Classes


Come cook with Phyllis! ​Each month we cook a menu from a new or classic cookbook together in my kitchen located in Westlake Village.  Classes are hands-on and run 3 hours with eating time.  Students learn about different cuisines, ingredients, techniques and methods of cooking. 

October Cookbook of the Month

Taste of Persia
A Cook’s Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan,Georgia, Iran and Kurdistan
By Naomi Duguid

 


                






Cucumber Salad with Sumac and Mint; Grilled Eggplant Pate;
Half Moon Hand Pies stuffed with Pumpkin, Cheeses and Herbs; 

Classic Pomegranate Walnut Chicken Stew;Emmer Mushroom Pilaf;
Persian Rice Pudding

 

                                                        September Cookbook of the Month
                                                             Dinner by Melissa Clark


​                                                     
                                                                    







 
 
                                                                                                                                   Butternut Squash Pizza with Sage and Roasted Lemon
                                                                                                                                  Thai Lettuce Wraps with Ground Turkey and Lemongrass
                                                                                                              Black Bean and Roasted Poblano Quesadillas
                                                                                                                     Sesame Chicken with Cashews and Dates
                                                                                                                                     Sweet Potato Dhal with Coconut and Black Mustard Seeds
                                                                                                                                   Melissa’s Fudgy Brownies with Chilies and Sea Salt




​October Cookbook of the Month

The Palomar Cookbook: Modern Israeli Cuisine by Layo Paskin and Tomer Amedi










​                                                                        

​                                        Bumblebee Cocktails; Labneh Kreplach Tortellini in Middle Eastern Borscht with RosePetals

                                          and Pomegranate Molasses; Date, Chicory and Blue Stilton Salad with Caramelized Walnuts

                                               and Citrus Vinaigrette;Lamb Chops with Watercress Pesto, Festive Freekeh and Cauliflower Cream; 

                     Orange Blossom Ice Cream in Kataifi Nests with Orange Syrup and Toasted Almonds.



Pictures from October Cookbook of the Month class

Pictures from November 18th Wine Country Thanksgiving Class

​Pictures from our Pressure Cooker Recipes

for Holiday Entertaining class October 2nd

 Recipes included Gougeres stuffed with Smoked Salmon and Bay Shrimp Spread; Forestiere Salad; Roast Turkey with Riesling Giblet Gravy; Sausage and Artichoke Stuffing; Cabernet Cranberry Sauce; Butternut Squash and Potato Gratin and Maple Pumpkin Pots de Crenme with Pecan Brittle.

Pictures and Recipes from Previous Classes

March Cookbook of the Month
Mozza At Home by Nancy Silverton 


 

 





                                                                      Fire Roasted Eggplant Caviar with Garlic Crostini

Curry Roasted Cauliflower

 Flattened Chicken Thighs with Charred Lemon Salsa Verde

 Pasta Salad with Bitter Greens, Parmigiano Cream and Guanciale

 Spiced Carrot Cake with Molasses Cream Cheese Frosting (on the side)

​$95

Pulled Pork Tamales;Tortilla Soup with Chicken Meatballs;Soft Tacos with Braised Shortribs and Guacamole;Steamed Savory Corn and Chile Pudding;;
Black Beans with Epazote ;Capirotada Con Leche

Jumbo Asparagus with Gribiche and Bottarga;Chicken and Escarole Soup with Charmula;
Homemade Pizza with Guanciale, Castelvetrano Olives and Fresno Chlle; Sauteed Green Beans, Smoked Almonds, Shallot Confit and Preserved Lemon;Warm Date Cake with Ginger Gelato

Phyllis and Jacques at Let's Get Cookin'

 Dishes included Eggplant Caponta;. Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Farro, Pistachios, Preserved Lemons and Pomegranate Seeds; Swiss Chard Cannelloni; Potatoes Bravas and Sweet Corn Ice Cream with Butterscotch and Caramelized Popcorn. 

Vietnamese Vegetarian Crepes

February: Lucky Peach Presents 101 Easy Asian Recipes 

 Corn and Crab Fritters; Oyster, Artichoke and Herbsaint Soup;Cajun Stuffed Pork Chops; Roasted Brussel Sprout Salad; Pan Fried Sweet Potatoes; Bananas Foster with Vanilla Ice Cream

Pictures from December 9th Cookbook of the Month Class

Tamarind Margaritas;Yellow Lentil Dal and Kale Bruschetta; Grilled Eggplant and Nectarine Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette; Chicken Tagine with Olives, Chickpeas and Couscous; Grilled Cauliflower with Candied Ginger, Raisins and Pinenuts;Vanila Bean Kulfi with Coconut Mango Creme Anglaise and Fresh Raspberries

August Cookbook of the Month

 










Falafel Fattouish with Lemony Sumac Dressing and Pita Croutons

Smoked Bacon Mac and Cheese

Cauliflower Swarma Tacos

Samosa Knishes

Chocolate Tahini Cake with Tahini Frosting

 $95​​

Dishes include Smoked Salmon Mousselines with Orange Champagne Buerre Blanc Sauce; Asparagus Soup with Morel Cream;  Salad of Honey Poached Pears with Rosemary, Grapes, Blue Cheese and Verjus; Classic Cassoulet with Duck Confit, Pork Shoulder, Toulouse Sausage, and White Beans; and Caramelized Apple Bread Pudding with Calvados Ice Cream


​​August Cookbook of the Month

Nopi
 by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully


 

​​​Menu
Zucchini and Manouri Cheese Fritters
Summer Tomatoes with Wasabi Mascarpone and Pickled Shallots
Bourbon Glazed Ribs with Smoked Corn Salad
Paprika Oven Fries
Caramel Peanut Ice Cream with Chocolate Sauce and Peanut Brittle



​March Cookbook of the Month
Lidia’s Celebrate Like an Italian, Lidia Bastianich
  



                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                              Cannelini and Pancetta Bruschetta
                                                                                                                                 
  Caesar Salad with Baby Kale and Focaccia Croutons
                                                                                                                                                                                  Beef Tenderloin with Roasted Vegetables and Porcini Sauce

                                                                                                                                                                                                Polenta Torta with Gorgonzola and Savoy Cabbage
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chocolate Ricotta Cheesecake


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                                                                                           June Cookbook of the Month Class

                                                                You Have It Made by Ellie Krieger
 




                                                                    


   




                                


                                            Spring Pea Salad with Lemon and Mint; Savory Tomato Tart with Olive Oil Crust;

                                                    Sole Florentine with Crispy Bread Crumbs;

                                                         Individual Mac and Cheese Cups; Peach Cherry Cobbler

 


                                                       

                                                     Special Class


  “Pressure Cooking, Asian Style" 


                          


  





                                      Shu Mai Dumplings with Jade  Dipping Oil; Steamed Chinese Bao with

                                                         Pork Belly; Chicken Curry with Yams and Coconut Milk,

                                                                 Forbidden Rice and Candied Ginger Creme Brulee.

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                                                                                       ​April Cookbook of the Month
                                                                                           Guerrilla Tacos By Wesley Avila 






Menu:Sweet Potato Tacos with Almond Salsa
Fried Baja Tacos with Pico de Gallo and Dijon Crema
Eggplant Tacos with Halloumi Cheese and Roasted Tomato Salsa
Albondigas Soup with Avocado and Panela Cheese
Pineapple Tequila Sorbet $95​

Dishes included Hummus, with homemade Tehina Sauce; Twice Cooked Eggplant Salad; Red Pepper Salad with White Beans; Stuffed Grape Leaves with Barley, Kale and Pomegranate; Fried Cauliflower with Herbed Labneh; Crispy Haloumi Chese with Dates, Walnuts and Apples; Laffa Flatbread; Roasted Shoulder of Lab with Fennel, Chickpeas and Pomegranate Molasses; Persian Rice and Classic Konafi with Shredded Phyllo Dough, Lemon Syrup and Ricotta Filling

​​Green Papaya Salad; Moo Shu Pancakes with Mo Shu Vegetables; Miso Clam Chowder; Korean Grilled Chicken with Kimchi and Scallion Salad; Pesto Ramen;
Egg Custard Tarts 

​                                                    May Cookbook of the Month

Curate by Katie Button
 





 



                                                                                                                                  ​Spanish Potato, Onion and Egg Tortilla
                                                                Stuffed Piquillo Peppers with Serrano Ham and Mahon Cheese or Caprichio de Cabra
                                                                                    Roasted Beet Salad with Candied Orange, Manchego and Marcona Almonds
                                                                                     Vegetarian Paella with Mushrooms, Eggplant, Squash and Brussels Sprouts
                                                Lemon and Thyme Ice Cream with Fresh Blackberries; Cava Sangria
 


                                                                                                ​​​​April Cookbook of the Month
                                                                                     Taste & Technique by Naomi Pomeroy










 


Beet Cured Salmon wih Creamy Herbed Cucumbers
Smoky Tomato Veloute with Parmesan Straws
Herbed Leg of Lamb
Quick Sauteed Greens with Garlic, Lemon Confit and Chile Flakes
Spring Pea Risotto
Pistachio Meringue Cake with Fresh Citrus, Candied Kumquats and Cardamom Caramel Sauce

Dishes included Green Zebra Tomato Gazpacho, Swordfish Kabobs with Mint Pesto,, Jerked Beef Kabobs, Corn on the Cob with Green Goddess Dressing, Green Bean Salad with Candied Pecans, Bacon, Cranberries  and Blue Cheese, Cherry Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Brandied Cherry Cheesecake Ice Cream.

 Special Class: Pressure Cooking, Mexican Style

June Cookbook of the Month

Giada’s Italy: My Recipes for La Dolce Vita
Giada De Laurentiis
Wednesday, June 20, at 10:30 AM
Thursday, June 21, at 6:00 PM




                                   Giada De Laurentis is the Emmy award winning star of Food Network's Everyday Italian,

                                                                       a judge on Food Network Star. correspondent for the Today Show  and author of seven best selling cookbooks.

                                                                   She has a successful restaurant on the Las Vegas strip.  This cookbook has many of her favorite Italian dishes

                                   which are light, easy to do​ and will inspire your menus for summertime entertining.
Menu
Aperol Spritz
Avocado White Bean Dip
Burrata With Nectarines and Corn on Grilled Bread
Grilled Swordfish with Candied Lemon Salad
Mushroom and Asparagus Farrotto

Pound Cake with Limoncello Zabaglione and Fresh Berries

$95

  January Cookbook of the Month Class ​Night and Market by Ken Yenbamroong

                                                                    




 






                                                                              

                                                                       Crispy Spicy Duck Springrolls; Seasonal Creamy Yellow Vegetable Curry
                                                                     Thai Style Korean Short Ribs with Jasmine Rice; Pad Thai with Chicken;  

                                                                        Almond, Pistachio and Sour Cherry Wafers From Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi        

 

Recipes included ​Salmon Rilettes; Parisian Potage with Leeks and Potatoes;

Veal Chops Dijonnaise;Red Cabbage, Pistachio and Cranberry Salad with Blue Cheese; 

Swiss Chard Gratin; Chocolate Souffles

Pictures from Gjelina Classes, January 13th and14th


December Cookbook of the Month
Smitten Kitchen, Everyday by Deb Perelman





 






                                                                                               Pomegranate and Orange Peel Fizz; Herb and Garlic Baked Camembert; Fennel,                                                                                                                Pear, Celery and Hazelnut Salad; Pork Tenderloin Agrodulce with Squash Rings;
                                                                                               Caio e Pepe Potatoes Anna; Cheesecake Semifreddo with Gingersnaps and Cranberries.


November-December Cookbook of the Month
 Cooking For Jeffrey by Ina Garten                                                               


 

 

 




                                                                      Camembert and Prosciutto Tartines; 

                                           Maple Roasted Carrot Salad; Brisket with Onions and Leeks;
                                                                        Root Vegetable Gratin; Apple Pie Bars
 
 

May Cookbook of the Month
Dining In by Alison Roman

Wednesday, May 16, at 10:30 AM
Thursday, May17, at 6:00 PM

 Alison Roman writes regularly for the N.Y. Times and was formerly the Senior Food Editor at Bon Appetit and BuzzzFeed.  She cooked professionally at  Momofuku Milk Bar in New York and at Quince in San Fransisco.  Her recipes are all about building flavor and saving time.  Her dishes with bright fresh ingredients will inspire readers to cook more confidently at home.

 Menu
Spring Peas with Anchovy, Lemon and All the Radishes
Grilled Artichokes with Preserved Lemon Yogurt
Tumeric Roasted Lamb with Seared Carrots
Sour Cream Flatbread
Spiced Beluga Lentils with Spring Onions
Salted Butter and Chocolate Chunk Shortbread
$110

July Cookbook of the Month

Food 52 Mighty Salads, Editors of Food 52
 

                                                                            









​​Seared Scallop Salad with Black Lentils and Garlic Sesame Crumbs
Steak and Tossed Salsa Verde Salad with Lemon Anchovy Vinaigrette
Peanut Noodle Salad with Soba Noodlesand Phuong’s Peanut Sauce
Grilled Ratatouille and Bulgur Salad with Tahini Dressing
Grilled Peach and Apricot Salad with Kale and Proscuitto
SStone Fruit Ice Cream