Day 7: A Feast for the Senses

“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”

— George Bernard Shaw

Radishes, blooming sage and thyme, and rosemary (not pictured) freshly picked from the Kitchen Garden for today's cooking demo!

Radishes, blooming sage and thyme, and rosemary (not pictured) freshly picked from the Kitchen Garden for today’s cooking demo!

Our taste buds could not have been treated better today, with a visit from Martha Stafford, who is a renowned chef, cooking instructor, and owner of the Charlottesville Cooking School (see http://charlottesvillecookingschool.com/).

Our small trays of ingredients for the cooking demo!

Our trays of ingredients for the cooking demo!

Martha led us in a wonderful cooking demonstration using several simple ingredients: three types of herbs (parsley, rosemary, thyme), lemon, butter, bread, pumpkin seeds, strawberries and radishes (oh, and just a bit of salt and sugar to bring out the flavors)! With the parsely, butter, lemon and salt, we made a simple, but incredibly tasty, french herb butter, which we then spread on our sliced baguette. We added a tiny bit of sugar and lemon to the local strawberries that Martha had brought for us to bring out their sweetness and added thyme to give them an even more intense flavor, yum yummm! Spreading just a tiny bit of butter a a pinch of salt on the radishes took away some of their bitterness and made them just absolutely delicious!

Martha telling students about the benefits of toasting (pine nuts, walnuts, almonds...you name it!)

Martha telling students about the benefits of toasting (pine nuts, walnuts, almonds…you name it!)

After the participatory cooking demonstration, Martha led us into the kitchen where she showed everyone how to make kale super tasty using butter, lemon, herbs, salt, and raisins!

Martha showing us how to make a delicious kale dish!

Martha showing us how to make a delicious kale dish!

Following the lovely cooking demonstration, we all headed outside to eat lunch and our two professors, Manuel Lerdau and Paul Freedman, took to the fields to play a little frisbee…who knew they had such skills!

Frisbee-playin' professors! ...They're pretty darn good!

Frisbee-playin’ professors! …They’re pretty darn good!

We have our MSI Barbecue to look forward to tonight! So excited…and I’m even a vegetarian!! 🙂

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