The next part of my weekend involved a knife skills class at 51 Lincoln in Newton. I learned so much from this class and I am hopeful that it will cut down preparation time with cooking. This class took place in the kitchen, which I thought was so cool to be behind the scenes in a restaurant. There were so many knifes and other neat tools in the kitchen. I learned how to chop, dice, julienne, brunoise, and batonnet various vegetables such as celery, carrots, onion, garlic, and oranges. I also learned about the two most common knives, chefs knife and pairing knife, as well has the importance of keeping these sharp. I am getting mine sharpened tomorrow and maybe even going knife shopping. At the end of the class, the teacher made us lunch, which was beef empanadas with a fresh heirloom tomato salad, which were delicious! 51 Lincoln is a restaurant in Newton that features local, organic ingredients when possible. They have partnered with Allendale Farm and Ward Farm. They even have a rooftop garden to grow herbs, Swiss chard, kale, tomatoes, habanero, and banana peppers. Go check them out!!
And lastly, I ended my weekend by going peach and apple picking with the family! We went to Nashoba Winery in Bolton where there was also a locavores market. The market was lacking in vegetables, but there were donuts, jewelry, tea, bread, and honey, but also some of my favorites Sweet Lydia's and Cookie Lady Treats. We got a bottle of Cyser Wine, which is made with apple and honey and the guys got beer. We sat out and had a picnic before we went picking. Of course, we ended up getting another bottle of wine to take while we went picking. This time we went with Marion, a blackberry wine. I am more of a red wine drinker, but I enjoyed these fruity wines especially because it was a hot, sunny day. We hit up the peaches first, I was on a mission to make boozy canned peaches out of my Food in Jars cookbook. Taking a peach off the tree and eating it reminds me of my younger days when my grandfather would pick a peach and give it to me. They were always super sweet, juicy, and messy. I took some apples home as well, but no canning for those. I have enjoyed a fresh, crisp apple everyday this week!
I hate to brag, but the hubs surprised me with a food dehydrator and I have a four day weekend! So be ready for some pics of something dehydrating this weekend!