Hispanic Heritage Month – Food and Culture

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Dear Subscribers:

Welcome to another edition of Amalia’s Recipe of the Month and so much more! The weather is starting to change and we are preparing ourselves for the cold with some deliciously fun and heartwarming recipes. In the months to come you will discover new ways of preparing soups and stews for entertaining or to share with your family and friends.

September is a month full of fun and exciting events for us. I’d like to highlight some very special events which are taking place in the next few days in Wayzata, Minnetonka and downtown Minneapolis: September 11, 6-9 p.m., the Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota is hosting a wine tasting with heavy gourmet appetizers, live music, networking and a Hot Button Legal discussion led by three top Minneapolis lawyers; September 18th, 6-9, Delicious Wishes is a Make-A-Wish Foundation is a very special event to Sample, Sip, and Savor fine cuisine and wine; Sept 26th, Noon, Amalia demonstrates four recipes at Macy’s downtown Minneapolis during Hispanic Heritage Month. To learn more about these events or to register, please logon to our website at www.cookparty.com and click on our Upcoming Events page. We hope that you are able to join us!

If you have friends or relatives who might be interested in our newsletter and recipes, please feel free to subscribe them through our website at www.cookparty.com . Saludos, Amalia.

Recipe of the Month

PERICO ANDINO
Meaning “Andean Parrot” this delicious and easy to make dish is a traditional egg scramble from Venezuela. It is perfect for breakfast, as a snack, or anytime.

Serves 4-6

1 tbsp. Canola oil
1 cup chorizo criollo, small dice (or substitute for Spanish chorizo)
½ cup yellow onion, small dice
1/3 cup green bell pepper, small dice
1/3 cup red bell pepper, small dice
½ cup Roma tomatoes, small dice
6 large eggs, beaten, seasoned
Kosher salt

Heat a medium skillet over medium heat; add the oil and the chorizo and sauté for about 2-3 minutes. Add the onions and bell peppers and sauté 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and sauté 2 minutes. Add the seasoned eggs and cook until the eggs are scrambled and smooth, about 3-4 minutes.

Upcoming Events for September & October

SEPTEMBER 2008

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008, 5-8 p.m. (this event is being rescheduled to a later date)
EP Chamber of Commerce Eden Prairie’s Chefs Showcase
Join us at this unique After Hours Event by the Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce. Taste fine cuisine paired with complimentary wine tastings with cooking presentations by Private Chef Amalia Damgaard and more.
Register at: Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce
Bearpath Country Club
18100 Bearpath Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55347 (952) 975-0123

Thursday, September 11, 2008, 6-8 p.m.
Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota (WEMN)
Networking, live entertanment, wine tasting and gourmet heavy appetizers with presentations by three top Minneapolis business lawyers. Topic: ” ‘Hot Button” legal issues discussion, including business entity formation, financing, trademark protection, operating a business, resolving business disputes and more!
Register by calling Cathy Burriss at 612-578-2906
On the Patio of the Law offices of Grandchamp Guyette & Cronin, 1000 Twelve Oaks Center Drive, Wayzata, Minnesota.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008, 12-1 p.m.
Sabores de America Latina – Flavors of Latin America at Target
A very special annual celebration in a bilingual format of Hispanic culture during Hispanic Heritage Month. Participants enjoy a wide array of Latin dishes along, art, culture and music, and much more… the Latin way!
Target Corp. Downtown
Private Event

Thursday, September 18, 2008, 6-9 p.m.
Delicious Wishes/The Make-A- Wish Foundation Celebrity Chefs Night
Join us for a unique food and wine experience benefiting The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota featuring demonstrations by Private Chef Amalia Damgaard and more held at the Roth Luxury Kitchen Showroom in Minnetonka, a beautiful facility featuring high-end appliances and a culinary center for live demonstrations.
Register at: Delicious Wishes
Event location: The Roth Luxury Kitchen Showroom
1300 W. 47th Street • Minnetonka
952-933-4428 www.rothdistributing.com

Friday, September 26, 2008, noon
Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at Macy’s
Private Chef Amalia Damgaard demonstrates some of her own recipes at a this very special event at Macy’s Culinary Council downtown Minneapolis.
More information at: Macy’s Hispanic Month

Monday, September 29, 2008, 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m.
Flavors and Cultures of Latin America at Best Buy
Celebrating Hispanic Month with gourmet tastings of traditional Latin cuisine, bilingual culinary presentations, live music and more.
Best Buy Convention Center Headquarters
Private Event

Monday, September 29, 2008, 6-8:30 p.m.
Chiles and Steak
Chile peppers and culture anyone? A class designed for the adventurous steak lover. Learn the background, the techniques and the various ways to prepare beef and chile peppers. Menu: Churrasco con Chirmol (Guatemalan steak with charred tomato-mint and chiles salsa); Costillas Adobadas (grilled ribs in spicy adobo sauce); Ensalada de Pimientos (Argentinean red bell peppers marinated in garlic-olive oil-herb sauce); Papas Chorreadas (potatoes with chile confetti and light butter-parsley sauce).
Register at: Royal Pantry Cooking School, Hopkins
1001 Highway 7, Eisenhower Community Center: Room 206
Hopkins, MN: (952) 988-4018

OCTOBER 2008

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Friday, October 17, 2008, 12-1 p.m.
Fiesta Latina at Supervalu
Celebrating Hispanic Month with traditional gourmet Latin cuisine, dance, music and more.
Supervalu Eden Prairie
Private Event

Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 6-9 p.m.
A Night in Havana
Whether you are lounging near the clear waters of Playas del Este, or strolling among the majestic architecture of Old Town, you can see there’s no place in the world quite like Havana. Join Amalia for an evening of Cuban cuisine you won’t soon forget. Menu: Cuban Roast Pork in Mojo (Roasted marinated pork with garlic, cumin and herbs sauce); Moros y Cristianos (black beans and rice); Tostones (green plantain chips); Mojito Criollo (traditional lime, mint and rum drink); and Fuego Liquido (rum-beer and fruit cocktail dessert).
Register at: Cooks of Crocus Hill, Grand
877 Grand Avenue St. Paul MN: (651) 228-1333

Thursday, October 23, 2008, 6-9 p.m.
Cocina and Bodega: Deliciously Fun Cuisine
Join us for an evening of Latin Tapas, cool drinks and hot live music featuring a live demonstration by Private Chef Amalia Damgaard, a native of Guatemala, and a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu. Chef Amalia specializes in Latin and Spanish gourmet cuisine, history and culture, and will prepare tastings in our newly remodeled kitchen.
Register at: (952) 941-8400
Preserve Association
11221 Anderson Lakes Pkwy, Eden Prairie, MN ( 952) 941-8400

Monday, October 27, 2008, 6-8:30 p.m.
Spanish and Cocina Latina
Quite possibly the perfect menu for special gatherings. It is not only exquisito, but fun and easy to prepare. Menu: Paella de pollo y chorizo (rice, chicken and Spanish sausage, with vegetables, saffron, wine and rosemary); Gambas al ajillo (shrimp in garlic sauce); Spicy Caesar (a fun twist of the original with greens, avocado, tomato and lime-chile-anchovy vinaigrette); Fresco de Jamaica (hibiscus flower water).
Register at: Royal Pantry Cooking School, Hopkins
1001 Highway 7, Eisenhower Community Center: Room 206
Hopkins, MN: (952) 988-4018

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