Curtis Stone + Aussie Accent + Cooking Skills= Amazing Afternoon

Recently I had the opportunity to visit The Tanger Outlets in Mebane and attend a cooking demonstration that was given by Curtis Stone. If you are unfamiliar with Curtis Stone, he is the original Take home chef. You have to admit that the Aussie accent is just yummy. But besides his accent, this man can cook.

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He started off the demo with a Blueberry Gin Bramble. I know what you are thinking that is a yummy dessert right? But nope, it is actually a cocktail. After he made the cocktail, he invited 2 members of the audience to come and be contestants in a cocktail-shaking contest. Men vs. Women. I am very happy to inform you that Jennifer, represented the women well and we won hands down.

Next, he then chose two more people from the audience to make his Grilled Chicken with Arugula and Zucchini Salad with Lemon-Caper Vinaigrette. He said that this recipe anyone can make even a person who can not cook. Luckily, the two volunteers, who were mother and daughter-in-law could not cook. They did not even know how to toss a salad. I will admit that the ladies were great sports as many laughs were given at how they really could not cook. Curtis was a great sport throughout encouraging the ladies and patiently waiting for them to get it right.

The next thing he cooked was Steak and Green Bean Stir-Fry with Ginger and Garlic. Now, this is one recipe I can not wait to try out. It smelled so good.

The last thing he cooked was Two Cheese Quesadillas with Chorizo and Hatch Chilies. This smelled really yummy, and I think that I will have to make this for my family even though Chorizo gives me major heartburn. I think I will just have to suffer because it looked and smelled that good.

Now for the reason that Curtis was hosting the demos. He has a new cookbook out called What’s for Dinner?

what's for dinner

It is a cookbook that is divided into sections, but not like any I had seen before. Just read the description below.

Celebrity chef Curtis Stone, the host of Bravo’s hugely popular series Top Chef Masters, knows life can get a little crazy. But as a new dad, he also believes that sitting down to a home-cooked meal with family and friends is one of life’s greatest gifts. In his fifth cookbook, Curtis offers both novice cooks and seasoned chefs mouthwatering recipes and easy-to-make meals for every night of the week. And he breaks them down into seven simple categories:

• Motivating Mondays: Healthy meals that start the week off right—Fennel-Roasted Chicken and Winter Squash with Endive-Apple Salad; Grilled Shrimp and Rice Noodle Salad
• Time-Saving Tuesdays: Quick and easy recipes for simple meals—Steak and Green Bean Stir-Fry with Ginger and Garlic; Grilled Pork Chops and Vegetable Gratin with Caper-Parsley Vinaigrette
• One-Pot Wednesdays: Flavorful dishes with the minimal cleanup—Chicken and Chorizo Paella; Rosemary Salt-Crusted Pork Loin with Roasted Shallots, Potatoes, Carrots, and Parsnips
• Thrifty Thursdays: Yummy meals on a budget—Sliders with Red Onion Marmalade and Blue Cheese; Roasted Cauliflower, Broccoli, and Pasta Bake with Cheddar
• Five-Ingredient Fridays: Fun, fast recipes to kick off the weekend—Grilled Harissa Lamb Rack with Summer Succotash; Seared Scallops and Peas with Bacon and Mint
• Dinner Party Saturdays: Extraordinary dishes to share with friends and family—Asian Crab Cakes with Mango Chutney; Mushroom Ragout on Creamy Grits
• Family Supper Sundays: Comforting, slow-simmering food for relaxing around the table—Southern Fried Chicken; Barbecued Spareribs with Apple-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

And don’t forget sweet treats such as Peach and Almond Cobbler and Olive Oil Cake with Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote. Loaded with enticing photos, What’s for  Dinner? will inspire you and bring confidence to your kitchen and happiness to your table.

Along with the beautiful photos including not only the pictures of the food he created but also of his wife, Lindsay Price (for those of you that are original 90210 fans she is the one who ran the newspaper with Brandon), and beautiful son. I was able to afford to buy one of his cookbooks at the event. It was a little pricey at $35.00 but well worth it. But Amazon currently has it for $22.92 I even was able to get him to sign it for me.

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I love what he wrote. LOL


 This would be a great Mother’s Day Present this Mother’s Day. Lastly, here is a picture that Raul and I were able to take with Curtis. He was such a big sweetheart.

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The tags hanging around our necks were VIP passes. They allowed us preferred seating (which we got there early enough to get front row seats, Yeah Baby), a bag full of coupons for the stores at Tanger Outlets, and a set of Curtis Stone Measuring Cups like I am ever going to use them to cook. LOL Here is a close-up of the pass.

AFM curtis stone vip pass

And we got to keep these as well. If I had thought about it, I would have had him sign these as well. So check out A Taste and Style Experience at Tanger Outlets to see if he is coming to a town near you.

Disclosure: I received two VIP passes for the sole purpose of this post. No other monetary compensation was provided. All opinions expressed are 100% mine.

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One Comment

  1. This guy Curtis Stone! You have got to give it to him for being the best Aussie chef there is…and his Curtis Stone cookware, Simply out of this world!

    You don’t know how much I would give to go in VIP! You are so Lucky!

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