Cooking With Trader Joe’s at the Library

Valentine's Day Dinner Cooking Demo with Trader Joe's at FFW Branch Library
Healthy and Sustainable Valentine's Day Dinner Cooking Demo with Trader Joe's at Fairfield Woods Branch Library

Yesterday I had a great time with Jo Ann from Trader Joe’s as we prepared a healthy and sustainable Valentine’s Day menu for the guests at the Fairfield Woods Branch Library. Thanks Trader Joe’s for sponsoring the event and Branch Librarian Nancy Coriaty for cooking it up! Click here to download a Healthy and Sustainable Valentine’s Day dinner menu and recipes.

Our Guests Made the Day
Our Guests Made the Day

What a great group! I peppered the presentation with questions about where the foods came from (quinoa anyone?), their properties (what makes saffron yellow/orange?), and their qualities (what does extra virgin olive oil really mean?) and at least one audience member had the right answer for each question. I gave away a lot of magnets yesterday!

Connecticut's Own Westford Hill Distillers' Eau-de-Vie, courtsey of Harry's Wine & Liquor
Connecticut's Own Westford Hill Distillers' Eau-De-Vie, Courtsey of Harry's Wine & Liquor

A special note of thanks to Harry’s Wine & Liquor Market for lending me Westford Hill Distillers line of eau-de-vie (fruit brandy) including pear, strawberry, cherry and raspberry. Harry’s carries a respectable array of local wines  – Connecticut, Finger Lakes and Long Island. I chose to spotlight the locally grown and made fruit brandies because they pair beautifully with the poached pears and are just gorgeous. Saveur Magazine called Westford Hill’s brandy, “The best thing to do with fruit in Connecticut.”

Here’s wishing you a healthy and sustainable Valentine’s Day!

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