Not dancing but cooking.  Before I became an insurance nerd and later an insurance geek I was a home economics major.  Cooking is one of the things I really like to do.  When I am home I cook as many meals as possible.

IMG_2260When considering what to do while in Santa Fe I thought about a cooking class.  My traveling companions said they weren’t interested so I chose the Salsas class as it fit our schedule the best and it was a hands-on class.  I had not taken a cooking class since my college days but have wanted to for a very long time.  What a really fun time I had.  Gene came in close to the end of the class and got this picture of our Chef/Instructor, Rocky Durham.  Two of my team mates are shown to my left.  The lady with the bowl is from Los Alamos, NM and this was her second class at the school.  The gentleman to her left is from Alabama.  His wife thought he should take this class while she was shopping.  Our other team member was a lady from Dallas.  Funny how the two ladies from Texas found each other right off.

The Sunday before our trip the Star-Telegram published an article on the Santa Fe School of Cooking.  What a coincidence.  So I arrived knowing something about the school and the chef.

The sixteen attendees were divided into four groups.  Our group had a wonderful time.  We made three different salsas.  Each was a roasted salsa.  We made a “Roasted Tomato Salsa”, Roasted Tomatillo Salsa” and “Roasted Pineapple Salsa”.  In addition to tasting our salsas each table tasted and commented on the other groups’ salsas as well.  The time in the class went way to quickly.  I expanded my knowledge of salsas and the effect roasting has on the items included in the salsas and other dishes and had a great time with the other three individuals in our group.  This was so much fun.  I will definitely be working more cooking classes into my future travels.

Here are two of the school’s cookbooks.  If you are interested in cooking or collect cookbooks you should check these out and you should consider a cooking class from time-to-time.  This is one of the many benefits of traveling and what I define as one of the good things on “The Glamour of the Road”.

The Santa Fe School of Cooking Cookbook
Salsas and Tacos: Santa Fe School of Cooking