Culinary Date Night In: Tasty Family Cooking

Culinary Date Night In: Tasty Family Cooking

 

March 27, 6:30pm

 

Virtual Class

 

253.305.1000 | metroparkstacoma.org

 

All ages) Have you started to run out of new and tasty ideas to cook for dinner for your family? So have we! Let’s work together and learn some new recipes that will wow you and your family. Bring everyone in the kichen and let’s get cooking. We can’t wait to see you in class! This class will be held via Zoom from the Mobile Teaching Kitchen, sponsored by Regence BlueShield. Login information will be sent via email prior to the class.

Happy Belly’s Healthy Options

Since 2014, Happy Belly has been offering unique, healthy options to South Sound residents in search of fresh, delicious meals. Happy Belly owner and executive chef Jennifer Johnson has created a thriving casual-dining establishment that has a loyal following and new converts every day. It features Johnson’s unique perspective on balance in daily living and feeding one’s mind as well as one’s body through a variety of nutritious foods.

Johnson is always looking for new flavor combinations for her dishes. “I am inspired by the way the senses work together—the smell of crushed tomato leaves, the ultra-sweetness of fresh pineapple, salty sea water, the dry feel of crumbling tobacco leaves, the silky feel of apple skin. I create food I wished was made for me and that I want to share with others,” she says.

This spring, Happy Belly is all about revitalization and renewal. Coming out of winter, the focus will be on lighter dishes and herbjuice fusions. “We’re excited for the coming sun and citrus,” says Johnson, noting “a kaleidoscope of color and flavor in blossoms and berries, mint, basil, cilantro, ginger, tropical notes and earthy beet, turmeric and greens.”

In addition, Happy Belly’s Kitchen Self-Sufficiency class series starts up again in March. The series will help you sharpen your knife skills, discover alternative flours and sweeteners, tackle multimeal preparation, and explore flavor combining.

For Johnson, connecting with and caring for her guests and staff has brought her more success than she could have ever imagined. “Listen to the community. They’ll tell you exactly what is needed,” she says. “Then my job is to deliver it in a creative, tasty and affordable way that keeps bringing them back. Also, smiles, kindness and positivity are contagious. Everyone can use more of it.”

HILARY RYAN

For additional information:
Happy Belly
1122 Market Street
happybellytacoma.com

Terra’s Kitchen, a FRESH take on meals

Balsamic Grilled Strip Steaks with Roasted Spring VeggiesTerra’s Kitchen was founded by a team of foodies, wellness professionals, nutritionists and farmers working together to solve a question that we often ask ourselves: How do we find time to eat good food and live healthier lives while raising a family and pursuing a career?

came up with an appetizing answer: a meal service, delivering the freshest of seasonal ingredients to your doorstep. The ingredients arrive prepped and skillet-ready for the recipes to be cooked. Terra’s Kitchen hand-picks reliable food sources across North America to ensure that your delivery always holds high-quality ingredients for delicious dishes.

As the publisher at ShowCase Magazine and a foodie myself, I decided I had to try this new service. The Terra’s Kitchen eco-friendly vessel arrived at our door on schedule. With multi level trays and a cooling device to keep meat and produce cool, the vessel looked like a “space age” delivery box. As we unloaded the ingredients into our refrigerator, we found ourselves marveling at the luscious ingredients and anticipating the meals to come.

Besides the prepped and chopped produce, the delivery vessel came with easy-to-follow recipe cards with pictures of each step. The cards provided very helpful cooking tips and close-up photos, plus wine or beer pairings, for a true culinary experience. It was all so easy that our 14-year-old budding foodie delighted in preparing a meal with us.

The tasty meals we prepared were a snap to put together and came with all the dressings and seasonings needed. Our favorite was the grilled New York strip steak with tomatoes, eggplant and basil chimichurri. In the end, we were impressed with the freshness and thought placed into the accompaniments to each meal.

Looking for a fresh take on delivered dinner? Consider it yourself: terraskitchen.com