Thursday, May 28, 2015


If you've been reading this blog, you may notice that we love passing on new recipes and discussing the love of food.  You may also know of my cooking program obsession, watching them over and over and over again. Yes, it's crazy, I know. (lol)  In January, we shared a FREE cookbook from Leanne Brown called Good & Cheap, allowing everyone to save money on groceries and to make affordable meals. Over 1500 people downloaded her book from this Blog, so you can probably imagine what happened at her actual site! This book was so successful throughout the country that it landed Ms. Brown on The Top 30 Under 30 Forbes List for 2015. She's in the process of doing a new book soon, but if you missed the Free version, here's the link:

Shrimp Ceviche prepared by Chef Cherisse

Meanwhile, this Saturday, the Fuquay Varina Community Center and Community Market are offering a FREE cooking demo, along with tastings, demos and tips by Chef Cherisse Byers of Raleigh. She'll be preparing a chicken and rice dish inspired by the book.

                                    May 30:  10am - 12pm
                        820 S. Main Street, Fuquay Varina, NC

There will be door prizes and other goodies to take home and it's all FREE!  

It's important to register by calling the Community Center at :  919-552-1430.

Cherisse Byers was born and raised in Durham, NC and she obtained a degree in Finance and Economics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Her love of food inspired her to go back to school to receive formal training in Culinary Arts at the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham.  

Cherisse has taught cooking classes for Williams Sonoma, Wake Technical Community College Continuing Education,  Whisk Quality Kitchenware of Cary, Wake County Public School System Lifelong Learning Division and UNC Wellness.  She also gives back to the community in various ways that include chairing the International Focus of Raleigh.

If you enjoy cooking, or want to learn some new tricks, sign up BELOW:

Tuesdays June 16th-July 28th 6:30-9:30pm
Reedy Creek Middle School $100
BakeShop Fun

Week 1-Introduction/Course Policies/Kitchen Tour
Week 2-Cookies & Brownies
Week 3-Cakes & Icings
Week 4-Pies & Tarts
Week 5-Quick Breads
Week 5-Custards, Creams and Sauces
Week 7-International Sweets
Week 8-Bake Shop Cocktail Party Bites!

To register:

Thursday July 23rd 6:30-9:30pm  Sanderson High School
Summer Dinner
Summer is on the way and with that comes entertaining!  We will prepare dishes that highlight the season's best offerings.  Menu: Parmesan Biscuits with slow roasted tomatoes and basil mayo, garlic grilled chicken with rhubarb barbecue sauce, jicama summer slaw, and raspberry almond tart. 
$55 (food and materials provided)

To register:

If you're interested in booking a class with Chef Cherisse, please contact her at:


The lovely and accomplished Chef Cherisse

Mini Muffaletta Sandwiches Prepared by Chef Cherisse


  1. Ha! I reviewed this book and tried some of the recipes;) Can't say I was terribly impressed but does provide a good guideline on creating dishes.

    1. Wow! That's neat that you were able to review the book! Were some of the recipes just too much work, or was it the ingredients? I know if a recipe has too many steps or calls for crazy ingredients, I normally steer clear. Thanks for the input. Always greatly appreciated! Hugs...

  2. I LOVE LOVE ceviche! definitely keeping this recipe for future dining endeavour!


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